Wally M wrote:Another question is; From the posted results of the meeting, I thought the club had decided not to pursue facebook at this time. From Glen's post, however, it sounds as though we are already there. How did that happen? Or am I completely out-to-lunch?
Good question Wally. I'm not sure exactly why we ended up having a Facebook group for MCC, but we do. So far there are 13 members in the MCC FB group. I don't want to throw anybody under the bus, but I was not the person who started the group on FB. I was the person who first suggested it and checked it out, but I didn't actually start it. I was at the Annual Meeting and it was my understanding that the group did NOT want to have a MCC Group on FB. Next thing I know, I'm getting a notice that I've been invited to the MCC Group on FB.
Regardless of how it got started, it has happened. I consider it an experiment. None of us know for sure how this will play out.
I'm very new to FB. I've been on FB less than two weeks. So far it has been a very enjoyable experience. I've communicated with more friends and family in that time than any other time in my adult life, outside of holidays or other large events. Facebook is far from perfect, but it is a very powerful tool.
Wally M wrote:If facebook will be used for interaction among members, is that not what the message board is suposed to do now? If we have both of these things doing the same function, then won't we have to go to both sources to find out what is happening with the club. That sounds counter productive to me. If I am comprehending this correctly, I don't think the club should have both. Otherwise I think there will be fragmentation of members/information, which we cannot afford. I would say have one location for posts, communication etc, whichever it is.
I think the MCC Facebook group is just a way to reach a wider audience. As for right now, I do NOT think that the MCC Facebook group is intended to be MCC's primary way for members to communicate with each other. I consdider it a great way to give MCC more exposure to a much bigger audience.
There are at least a dozen MCC members who already had Facebook accounts. There's no reasonable way anyone could expect those folks not to communicate through Facebook. In just the short time I've been on Facebook I had already connected with several other MCC members before the MCC Facebook group was started.
I consider the Facebook MCC group to be just that, MCC on Facebook. Personally, I still have a cellphone, e-mail, a personal web site, and of course snail mail; but now I also have a Facebook account where people can communicate with me. It's just another tool. I'm not giving up anything else. Neither will MCC. The message board and web site will still be there, but maybe we'll end up with a MCC Facebook group too. It will just be another way for members to interact and for non-members to find MCC and interact/communicate. I do NOT see the MCC Facebook group replacing either the web page or message board.
The message board suffers from SPAM attacks that have made it necessary to make the registration process a bit cumbersome. That alone has probably limited the number of MCC members registered on the message board. No matter what the reason, we know that we only have a small fraction of the MCC membership actually using the message board. I'm still baffled as to why most people seem resistant to registering on the message board.
The Mackinaw Canoe Club has relied heavily on mass e-mail messages sent out by Frank B. lately. That method is fairly effective, but it has it's drawbacks. Mass e-mails can take time to execute ( send an e-mail to Frank and then Frank send out a mass e-mail ), and then there's not really any good way to reply directly to those e-mails ( caused by BCC or Blind Carbon Copy, which is the proper way to do the mass e-mail messages ). We are in debt to Frank for doing those mass e-mail messages, but it's really a crutch. Folks need to register on the message board and post their information there.
Lacking any good way to get folks to use the message board, I think it's only logical for the club to reach out in other ways to connect and communicate with people.
As for being "counter productive" and "fragmented"; well, we already have that. Some members insisted that the "Trip Schedule" be posted on both the web site and the message board. I would much rather have the club determine ONE
place for the "Trip Schedule" to exist. As of right now, I don't believe that any trip information is posted on the MCC Facebook group. The "Trip Schedule" is on the web site and the message board. I guess one more place ( FB ) might not hurt. I would not suggest it, but I guess it might not hurt anything.
Let's not forget that even when there was a newsletter, it was very difficult to coordinate both the newsletter and the web site. As soon as the newsletter was printed, it was out of date. Changes are happening all the time, and that includes the trip schedule. Recently, the Pizza Paddle had a change. The web site might have been able to keep up with that change and the message board certainly could, but the newsletter never could have. That means that a person reading the newsletter and a person reading the web site or message board would be reading two different sets of information. It's a problem, but every form of communication has it's problems. There's no perfect answer