Thursday, 17 May 2012

"Like Us on Facebook"

It's an unfortunate phrase - 'like us'. I don't like it. But there are some good things about Facebook despite its mission to make money off of user demographics and interests.

If you 'like' someone's Facebook page (clicking 'like' on a page), any update from that page will show up in your 'newsfeed' automatically. A newsfeed is like your own personal newspaper of other people's updates. You don't have to go to webpages or blogs to read what people (or organisations) are up to. It all comes to you - when you log-on to Facebook.

Here are a few pages that might be worth 'liking' so that you get their updates:

Emergency Management - Civil Defence Southland

NZ Get Thru

Southland District Council

Environment Southland


Of course, Otautau has a page as does Otautau School and St Andrews Scout Group. If more community groups were on Facebook, it might ameliorate the silo effect - where we all just do our own thing and don't know what's happening with other groups. Collaboration and communication among groups is vital especially in hard economic times. Would love to see the rugby club, netball club, golf club, museum, RSA, arboretum etc get pages. Let's get into the 21st century.

And what if the Wallace Community Board got a Facebook page? We could potentially know the issues at hand and offer ideas and solutions in real time. The sky is the limit.

If you are new to Facebook, make sure you take care to get your settings just the way you want them. You can protect your privacy, choose who is a friend and who isn't, and whether others can contact you or not. Do not post phone numbers and addresses if you don't want the whole world to see it. And don't give your password to anyone.

Be safe and be smart on the net.

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