The Facebook Group for Volcanocafé has recently passed a milestone reaching 1000 members with Sean Whitley becoming #1000, so I have been asked to do a short post with some information about who we are and how we differ from the main VolcanoCafé site.
The group was officially announced by Carl on the 28th of September 2013, with Sissel and Lughduniense being announced as moderators of the group along with Carl himself, and the group has grown steadily over the intervening period. When it was noticed the Iceland might be heading towards a fairly spectacular eruption around Bárðarbunga, the need for a larger team of Facebook Dragons to deal with the inevitable traffic increase saw myself, Tyler Mannison and Nick Small added to the team.
Posted to the Facebook Group by Valdano Fabio and used with his kind permission.
We have a fairly active group with new posts and links constantly being added by the members and normally are adding an extra member or 2 every day. Most of the posts are links to other blogs and information around the web, with Vitton Georges (http://volcansvanuatueruptionsgb.blogspot.fr), Peter Webley (http://volcanodetect.blogspot.co.uk/) and René Goad (http://www.volcanoplanet.co.uk/) frequently posting their links to the group.
The other posts take the form of links to YouTube videos, to other scientific websites and we are sometimes lucky to have a few of the members add pictures that they have taken from living or working around the planets many majestic volcanoes.
Our membership varies from bloggers and scientists to professional vulcanologists and high school students and everything in between. Our members provide early news and reports of activity in their regions. With members such as Lillo Flamingo Beach, Turi Caggegi and Boris Behncke providing photos and information on Etna’s ever present rumblings, Carmen Morataya keeping us up to date with Guatemalan volcanoes, y muchas gracias por sus muy apreciadas publicaciones a José Mauricio Méndez Febles with a lot of posts from Avcan (Actualidad Volcánica de Canarias) and Olga Girina who provides us with news of Russian volcanoes.
Etna eruption 1/2/15 through the clouds.
Posted to the Facebook Group by Lillo Flamingo Beach and used with his kind permission
With a large and diverse group such as this it can be difficult to keep track of all the members who post regularly, whether it is a simple sharing of another groups’ posts or photos, or someone who takes the time to write out a little information or ask a question for our experts (of which we have a few) so I apologise if you feel you have contributed and have been overlooked.
We now look forward to our ever expanding membership and welcome each and every one with open arms and open minds (well, except those spammers!!!).
For new members we have a few simple rules:
- Play nice
- Use English where ever possible
- Be patient, not everyone has the same level of knowledge
- And credit authors/photographers whenever possible.
We have a fantastic community that we love interacting with and which we hope will continue to grow.