LumberJocks

Facebook pages

  • Advertise with us

« back to Coffee Lounge forum

Forum topic by whiskeyturner posted 07-06-2011 01:56 PM 1137 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View whiskeyturner's profile

whiskeyturner

95 posts in 2582 days


07-06-2011 01:56 PM

G’day every one, I’ve been enjoing meeting a lot of woodturning/woodworking people on facebook and joining pages of woodturners, clubs and businesses. I decided to open a facebook page for my club the “Macarthur Woodturners” but i seem to be having a bit of opposition from the committee and it looks like im running out of argument.
I would like to ask if anyone and everyone can help with the pro’s & con’s….. give me a few ideas to take back or if nothing else educate me on why it’s such a bad idea.

your thoughts would be very much appreciated
Thanks.. Steve

-- There is always an opportunity to learn. . . .Steve Mcgrady. . Sydney, Australia.


15 replies so far

View rivergirl's profile

rivergirl

3201 posts in 2300 days


#1 posted 07-06-2011 04:51 PM

Well, some people just haven’t tried facebook yet. I say build the page anyway and put up and invitation/calendar for the members to refer to. Might be a good start.

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

View whiskeyturner's profile

whiskeyturner

95 posts in 2582 days


#2 posted 07-06-2011 10:41 PM

It has been built, but not active yet. I do respect these people so I won’t go ahead with out their permission but nomatter how manny times I say no info will be posted somebody pops up and says I don’t want my info on it! ...... Its only fear stopping them :-/
thanks for your input Rivergirl.

-- There is always an opportunity to learn. . . .Steve Mcgrady. . Sydney, Australia.

View Sam Shakouri's profile

Sam Shakouri

1200 posts in 2549 days


#3 posted 07-07-2011 10:47 AM

Well, myself I like to see my projects to be shown and talked about anywhere in the net, therefor I supose to say “go for it, Steve” BUT with some concern. At the moment, we have so many woodturning sites that a facebook page will be a drop in the ocean. I know a men’s shed facebook page where its friends congratulate each other for their birthdays and talk about unrelated subjets to men’s shed activities. I’m wory that your facebook page will end up in same situation. I wish you good luck anyway.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

View Les Casteel's profile

Les Casteel

159 posts in 2521 days


#4 posted 07-08-2011 03:17 AM

The facebook business/club/celebrity page is FREE! It can be shut down if it becomes a problem. Its a great place to add photos (UNLIMITED NUMBER OF PHOTOS), and on it you can suggest that people goto a real website. Its also very easy to maintain. Did I mention its FREE??

I have both a REAL website and a facebook page. The facebook page gently pushes folks to the REAL website where we do business. But, if they don’t want to go they still know what I do and will remember this later. For your club its free publicity and I don’t see any downside.

See my stuff at www.facebook.com/woodthatrocks

-- Les, Arkansas, www.woodthatrocks.com

View Arlin Eastman's profile

Arlin Eastman

3550 posts in 2023 days


#5 posted 07-08-2011 07:06 AM

I am not on facebook, however, I would like to put Loving Hands Memory Boxes on it if someone could do it for me. I need as many woodworkers to build boxes and individuals that do not do any woodworking, but want to help the club by donations would help this project greatly. There are to many people out there that have lost their children that could benifit and love to have a nice wooden box rather than the cardboard boxes they recieve now.
To me even Twitter or any other medium would be great. I do not have a web site and do not know how and can not afford to pay anyone to build one either.
So any free medium would be great for us.
Thank You
Arlin

-- Please help me help other Vets click..> http://www.gofundme.com/m1abko.....It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

View MsDebbieP's profile

MsDebbieP

18615 posts in 3622 days


#6 posted 07-08-2011 01:17 PM

perhaps you could present a paper “sample” for them, showing them what would be posted, how it would be used – promoting without disclosing
“seeing it” might help eliminate the fears.

It sounds like they do not have experience with the internet, understanding that hackers can only get at information that you post.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

View whiskeyturner's profile

whiskeyturner

95 posts in 2582 days


#7 posted 07-10-2011 02:40 AM

Sam …. a drop in the ocean it may be but I feel its worth a try, our web site is hardly going to put us on the map either with no story, weak content and only one turner featured in the gallery and a few photos of the meetings. Peter has asked me to supply him with details of the training sessions Garry and I run as well as copies of the handouts and projects and photos of my own work, in the last six months none of this has been used…. I know Peter is busy and he does this voluntarily, but rather than a drop in the ocean it’s become a stagnant pond giving no one any reason to revisit let alone giving them the full story of who we are…Now days I think a facebook page has more potential to be found than any web site.

-- There is always an opportunity to learn. . . .Steve Mcgrady. . Sydney, Australia.

View whiskeyturner's profile

whiskeyturner

95 posts in 2582 days


#8 posted 07-10-2011 02:58 AM

Thanks Les, I agree it’s a Win Win and yes I let them know it’s free (maybe I should have put in bold) and what a great way to publicise our club and our Web site. As I said to my fellow member Sam above, our web site has become a stagnant pond.. see it for yourself and please let me know if I’m being harsh. http://www.macarthurwoodturners.org.au even the monthly news letter link is the news letter for our mother club The Sydney woodturners guild… of which we also have very little content… I am a little embarrassed.
Steve

Again thanks for the advice,

-- There is always an opportunity to learn. . . .Steve Mcgrady. . Sydney, Australia.

View whiskeyturner's profile

whiskeyturner

95 posts in 2582 days


#9 posted 07-10-2011 03:14 AM

Thank you Debbie,

I will try to put in a paper version for them to consider along with a print -out of an existing page so they can grasp hold of the concept but I believe once taken to the members it will not pass as most of our members are of senior age and do not have a great deal to do with the web. When they hear the word Facebook they immediately turn off…... Sam and I have both told our members about LumberJocks but for the most part has fallen on death ears.

Another way I have try to put it across is that it’s for members who are already on facebook and those of who want to join up! but more so for everyone on the net that we would like to take an interest in us.

Cheers Steve.

-- There is always an opportunity to learn. . . .Steve Mcgrady. . Sydney, Australia.

View Stuey's profile

Stuey

43 posts in 2418 days


#10 posted 07-10-2011 06:23 AM

The Facebook page won’t be a good substitute or replacement for your group’s website, but could serve as a good complement.

You can use me as an example if you would like.

I have a blog – http://toolguyd.com/ and a Facebook page for the blog http://www.facebook.com/ToolGuyd .

I don’t publicize it much and don’t really develop a lot of unique content for the Facebook page, but a few of the regular readers seem to enjoy chiming in every so often when I do spark a discussion. But as you can see, my personal information is still private, with my privacy fully protected.

A Facebook page can be administrated by one or more of the group members who already have personal Facebook accounts.

Here are a few points to bring up:
1. The public cannot see the identities of the administrators.
2. No personal information will be shared on your group’s page unless it is manually edited in.
3. The page can be all about the group, and not its members explicitly.
4. The purpose of the page can be either to share information about the group with the public, or to disseminate information to its members, or both.
5. The Facebook page is to complement the website as a more dynamic extension that will be easier for the members of the group to update or add to should they wish to.

Again, the best thing would be to show them examples. You can show ‘em the Lumberjocks page http://www.facebook.com/pages/LumberJockscom/22626772125 .

-- http://toolguyd.com

View whiskeyturner's profile

whiskeyturner

95 posts in 2582 days


#11 posted 07-15-2011 09:29 AM

Thank you very much for that Stuey, I’ll print of some pages and give it a go but since they are taking it to the members I won’t get my hopes up, I fully agree with any club activity or business going through the committee but I think this issue should stop there and the members should just be notified of a new service because essentially that is what it is!
Anyway you don’t need to hear that,
Thank you for the advice.

Steve

-- There is always an opportunity to learn. . . .Steve Mcgrady. . Sydney, Australia.

View Greedo's profile

Greedo

470 posts in 2422 days


#12 posted 07-15-2011 12:41 PM

don’t forget that you give facebook all the rights to the information and pictures you post onto there, facebook gives itself the right to sell or share that information.
no1 reason why i’m not on FB.
make sure the contributors are aware and agree.

View whiskeyturner's profile

whiskeyturner

95 posts in 2582 days


#13 posted 08-03-2011 09:25 AM

Thank you everybody for you input, I have taken all your advise and presented an argument they couldn’t refuse And got it over the line, so once again thank you all.
If anyone is interested look up “macarthur woodturners” on facebook. It is a little bare and weak on content at the moment but that shouldn’t be for to long :-)

Cheers Steve…

-- There is always an opportunity to learn. . . .Steve Mcgrady. . Sydney, Australia.

View MsDebbieP's profile

MsDebbieP

18615 posts in 3622 days


#14 posted 08-03-2011 12:09 PM

maybe “Google+” is an option – same possibilities as Facebook but with a different name. You can present the idea differently so not to compare it with Facebook.

Most people are oblivious to Google+ so it won’t carry with it any “bad rep”.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

View whiskeyturner's profile

whiskeyturner

95 posts in 2582 days


#15 posted 08-03-2011 02:14 PM

thanks Debbie, it has started to pick up a little so let see…. if to many members still don’t like it after a few weeks ill look at shifting it over, but for now this one has started so we’ll give it a chance.

-- There is always an opportunity to learn. . . .Steve Mcgrady. . Sydney, Australia.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com