I thought at first that Twitter was the best way to keep people connected after the AirBnB Groups closed, but several people suggested also a Facebook Page, so I started one, and this has proven to be the most popular follow-on to the AirBnB group 'Writers, Artists, and Performers'. 1,248 AirBnB hosts have joined the Group (www.facebook.com/groups/stayingwithart), and the discussion is fairly active. Whereas only 248 hosts followed the Twitter handled @stayingwithart and 277 subscribed to the blog (stayingwithart.com/blog).
We now know that the deadline of February 25th for closing the AirBnB Groups was a bluff. On the one hand, this is slightly annoying as it sows confusion and it makes it seem that the Group Organisers don't know their nose from their elbow ... but on the other hand it gives an extra two months to salvage more hosts from the 24,000 who joined this Arts Group. Strangely, another 302 hosts have joined this AirBnB Group *after* it was announced that its closure was imminent.
The purpose of the group is twofold: to increase the visibility of AirBnB hosts who are active in creative arts (painters, actors, pupeteers, ...), and provided a means of networking.
I will soon be uploading a directory of a few hundred 'arts hosts' derived from the AirBnB Group. At first, this is will be just a list, organised by country and city. As time allows, I will also be loading that list into an interactive map. (Like Deborah and every other Group Organiser, I'm doing this on a spare-time basis, and right now my book on the history of subway maps is slipping further and further behind schedule ...)
Thanks for the update, Peter, on where the Writer and Artist hosts are going. FaceBook does seem to work well for many people and quite a few host community groups have gone to Facebook groups, though I find that a little ironic, particularly for the more creative among us, since FaceBook's user policies are more invasive than what one might find on other sites. But I have seen time and again that hosts going to FB groups have found them to be quite active.
As far as groups closure, yes it was ridiculous for them to announce closure on FEb 25th and then literally not inform us until Feb 25 that they would be closing APril 29. The reason we are all still getting many new members, is because people find the groups via the mobile app (you can't find them on the menu bar on the main site, so the only way to get to them is to do so via the app, or if you happen to know that you can go to www.airbnb.com/groups on the main site you can find them that way, though most of the new folks dont' realize that).