We draw your attention to an interesting article by James Gavin (The Digital Philatelist) about how philately is progressing through social media, a topic on which many philatelists are not well informed.
The article describes how the on-line philatelic world is expanding and reaching out to younger collectors in a way that more traditional structures find difficulty in doing. He suggests that collectors no longer ask which organisation to join, but which influencer they should follow and which platform best meets their needs. He also argues that organised philately is adapting too slowly to the new world and that it needs to change and reinvent itself. It is intriguing to find out how much is already happening on social media that many people may not even be aware of.
This article gives fresh impetus to a discussion that has been rumbling for some time and will no doubt continue. It is a sharp reminder that changes involving greater participation in the virtual world that have been forced on philately by the pandemic are likely to be permanent and that there is more to come.
The article can be found at:
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