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Why local government shouldn’t be on Facebook

This is an interesting post from Simon Wakeman who is Head of Marketing at Medway Council in south east England, as well as a freelance communications consultant. It voices concerns that many of us have in using Facebook, not just within the public sector but also for commercial, private sector organisations. Although he says that he does not believe that Councils should have a presence on Facebook he thinks it is better that councils are trying Facebook rather than avoiding it altogether.

I suspect that the following from the  posting will resonate with many people’s feelings about using Facebook in the professional environment:

“The oft-repeated adage about “build it and they will come” is as wrong on Facebook as it is anywhere else on the web.

Just because you have a presence on Facebook (whether it’s as a corporate body or for a specific service area), that doesn’t mean you’re automatically using Facebook to its greatest potential as a communications tool.

Try searching out people in your area using Facebook already. Look for groups that are concerned with your area. Try to spot activists among the groups – who seem the most active and vocal?

Once you’ve done this think about how to engage with these people appropriately – and I don’t mean send them a message saying “I see you’re from XXX, why  not join our group?””

The discussion between readers and Simon in the Comments at the end of the article are also worth serious consideration.

March 14, 2009 Posted by | Facebook | , | Comments Off on Why local government shouldn’t be on Facebook

Status of UK Local Councils Facebook Fan Pages and Groups

Another useful listing from LizAzyan Research on what UK local councils are doing with respect to social media. As well as detailing which local councils are doing what on Facebook there is a nice table showing the difference between Facebook Fan Pages and Facebook Groups.

February 24, 2009 Posted by | Facebook | , , , | Comments Off on Status of UK Local Councils Facebook Fan Pages and Groups

Legal papers served via Facebook

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/7785004.stm

An Australian couple have been served with legal documents via Facebook.  The couple apparently missed payments on a loan of over A$100,000 and a lawyer in Canberra persuaded a court to allow him to use Facebook to serve repossession papers. Attempts had been made to contact them at their home address and via email, and they failed to attend a court appearance.

The lawyer found the woman’s Facebook page and used details  such as her date of birth to argue in Court that she was the person in question. Her partner was listed as one of her “friends”.  The judge stipulated that the papers be sent via a private email so that other people visiting the page could not read their contents.  Australian courts have already granted permission for people to be served with legally binding papers via email or text message.

January 9, 2009 Posted by | Facebook | Comments Off on Legal papers served via Facebook

Austenbook – Pride and Prejudice on Facebook

How Pride and Prejudice might have been acted out on Facebook! Thanks to Phil Bradley for the Tweet.

December 11, 2008 Posted by | Facebook, Uncategorized | , | Comments Off on Austenbook – Pride and Prejudice on Facebook

What to put on a Library Facebook Page

What can you do with a Facebook Page? by David Lee King is a neat summary of what you can do with a library Facebook page and is broken down into three sections: basic information, Facebook functionality, and social stuff. The comments are also worth reading for suggestions and tips on what works and what doesn’t.

November 14, 2008 Posted by | Facebook | , | Comments Off on What to put on a Library Facebook Page

Bosses ‘should embrace Facebook’

Bosses ‘should embrace Facebook’ says a report on BBC News. Demos, “The Think Tank for Everyday Democracy”, has apparently released the findings of a study that says:

Companies should not dismiss staff who use social networking sites such as Facebook and Bebo at work as merely time-wasters

I wanted to read the original report on the Demos site, or at least the press release, but there was no sign of it at 8.33 am UK time on 29th October 2008. So we’ll have to make do with the BBC article.

October 29, 2008 Posted by | Facebook | , , , | Comments Off on Bosses ‘should embrace Facebook’

Facebook Group vs Facebook Fan Page

Ann Smarty at Search Engine Journal compares Facebook Group and Facebook Fan Pages for encouraging networking and publicising you organisation’s activities. She cites the two major differences as being

  1. Unlike groups, fan pages are visible to unregistered people and are thus indexed (important for reputation management, for example);
  2. Unlike pages, groups allow to send out “bulk invite” (you can easily invite all your friends to join the group while with pages you will be forced to drop some invites manually). Groups are thus better for viral marketing, meaning that any group member can also send bulk invites to the friends of his.

Other features are compared and the comments are worth reading for other people’s experiences.

October 5, 2008 Posted by | Facebook | | Comments Off on Facebook Group vs Facebook Fan Page

Library 2.0 at the University of Wolverhampton

Library 2.0 at the University of Wolverhampton is a guest post on Brian Kelly’s UK Web Focus from Jo Alcock, Academic Information Assistant for the Harrison Learning Centre, University of Wolverhampton. She summarises how they use blogs, Facebook, wikis and online calendars to support users. The major part of the posting is about the barriers they have encountered such as issues with external hosting and software, lack of awareness of the technologies being used, the need for culture change, and user needs and experience.

October 5, 2008 Posted by | blogs, Facebook, Library 2.0, Web 2.0 - general, wikis | , , , , , , | Comments Off on Library 2.0 at the University of Wolverhampton

The Facebook Classroom: 25 Facebook Apps That Are Perfect for Online Education – College Degree.com

The title says it all. This posting lists Facebook applications that are particularly relevant for students, teachers and administrators, and everyone.

March 17, 2008 Posted by | Facebook | , | Comments Off on The Facebook Classroom: 25 Facebook Apps That Are Perfect for Online Education – College Degree.com

East Renfrewshire Council Libraries on Facebook

East Renfrewshire Council Community Services is on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=18144605260 . The council has launched pages for all 10 of its libraries, four sports centres and its theatre. The pages provide information about each of the services, opening times, details of events and news.

March 1, 2008 Posted by | Facebook | , , , | Comments Off on East Renfrewshire Council Libraries on Facebook