Never let it be said that the Class of 1979 doesn’t keep up with the times. So let’s integrate our social media! In other words, we’ve set up multiple ways that you can share, keep up with and reach out and touch your fellow classmates. But, as with all things, some venues are more appropriate than others for certain things. So here’s what’s available and here’s how we propose using it.
1. This Blog/Website
We hope you bookmark our class website and make it one of your first stops when you think of checking in on class and friends. This is where we hope we can have the most extensive and meaningful online conversations. The reason we chose a blog format is that we don’t want just to post static pages and articles. We want you to comment and expand on the topic. Hopefully, we’ll find that one article will generate other with different points of view, reflecting other experiences and offering deeper levels of understanding. We also want this site to be a great one-stop resource for the sites and resources of special interest to our class. In the column to the right, you’ll find many useful links. And don’t forget to check the Blogroll for a compendium of websites and blogs by your fellow classates.
2. Our Facebook Page
Facebook is a great venue for sharing short blurbs about our activities, pointing each other to relevant and interesting links and online articles and generating short conversations. I’m seeing our Facebook page as the incubator for the longer, more in-depth articles on our website. Let’s say a number of us are posting links to an article on community gardens. From comments, it suddenly becomes clear there are several of us who are involved in such programs and even more of us who are interested in joining in. Bingo. There’s an idea for an article for the blog that could serve as a resource and touchstone for these activities — especially as it applies to us as MHC alums (and we do bring our own spin to things.) I think you see where I’m going with this. Facebook is also perfect for quick squibs on items that might have a short shelf life, might not be appropriate for mention on the blog/website, but are nonetheless important to us. Say, promotions, marriages, birthday celebrations and the like.
3. Our Class Flickr Page
While Facebook allows you to upload pictures, its flexibility is limited. Feel free to upload some photos to Facebook, but our Flickr page allows for more upload options in terms of picture size and resolution, extensive captioning, searching by tags, and creation of groups and sets. Perhaps most importantly, it’s the best way for me to access and repurpose your photos for our website. Which is what it’s all about.
Okay, maybe here is where I show my age. I do have a Twitter account, but I seldom use it. Actually, my blog uses it as I have an automatic Tweet feature that autoposts a Tweet every time I post. I’ll probably set up something similar for our Blog/Website. But if you have better ideas for how to use Twitter to better communicate and stay in touch with each other, I’d love to hear it.
But regardless how we do it, the important thing is to stay in touch. So get those typing texting fingers going. Get yer Social Media on and let’s build our community!