February 2nd, 2009

we can't teach what we don't know
  • uu_mom

Facebook as a community organizing tool for Prince Georgians?

Political and community activists have inquired about using Facebook as a community organizing tool (after all, Obama did). Well, I think it was mostly Obama supporters and volunteers with the time to help get the word out certainly can and do use Facebook. I've only been on it for a few months, but I'd like to share my experiences here and if you've found some better ways to use Facebook, I'd like to hear about it.Collapse )

My final analysis after only a few months is that Facebook has limited usage as a community organizing tool. If people in your organization use it a lot, you can ask them to post events & links & even create a group there, but I'm not sure it will be any better for actual "organizing" than MySpace or LiveJournal. It is a good social networking tool, though, and has a better interface for keeping in touch with people than those. Also, people with a LiveJournal blog (or any other blog) can connect their blog to Facebook through Notes and your public blog posts will appear on Facebook automatically (you can only do this with one blog). I'm looking forward to learning other ways to use it that aren't too time-consuming.

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