What is Facebook ? Facebook gives people the power to share and makes the world more open and connected. Millions of people use Facebook everyday to keep up with friends, upload an unlimited number of photos, share links and videos, and learn more about the people they meet.
Why Use Facebook ? Stand out in the crowd ! Picture from Flickr /donnie ray The use of dynamic web technologies at no cost.
Picture from Flickr dhammza Get yourself heard ! Facebook has a huge network base. Each member has a 'news feed' that announces group activity to members / friends . 80 Million Users 6 th most Visited Website on the Web
Build yourself a Community .... And work together Picture from Flickr / OliBac
Picture from Flickr Kelvin255 Photographs The ability to upload and share your photographs with unlimited space
Flickr / M G M Film Post your organisations Documentries / workshop videos.
E-Mail Fickr/ Today is a good day Send e-mail to communities, members and other organisations within Facebook.
Facebook Campaigns Support the Monks Protest in Burma / Mynmar The recent protests against the regime began in September 2007 led by a group of monks. On September 19 th a Canadian college student named Alex Brookbinder created a Facebook called “Support the Monks” Protest in Burma. Within 10 days it attracted 140,000 members. Membership hit over 500,000.
The facebook group had organised two days of Global Action on October 6 th and October 23rs. These events were carried out over 100 cities; over 10,000 protesters in London alone .
Facebook : Getting Started 1. Sign up and create a Facebook Account. Click register and fill in a short online form on Facebook.com. Your profile needs to be filled in and shared.
2. Find people / groups and connect with your community Start by using the search feature; invite supporters to start using facebook.
3. Send and receive messages Facebook offers a message board called “The Wall”. Use it to post messages
4. Create a group for your organisation or event.
5. Upload and share pictures Start by creating an album and then you can upload any pictures to share with your members .
Facebooks Groups Step 1. Understand your Intent Put your initial vision into clear and concise words at the top of the page.
Step 2. Create the Group and Build on Active Base Create the group and get people involved. Invite all of your contacts to join and start a conversation. Who will help you moderate ?
Step 3. Begin Digital Action Once your member database grows; start digital action. Having people spread your group through Blogs, websites, collect images and media or promote through social media sites such as digg ( www.digg.com ). Keep people involved and excited.
Step 4. Create an External Site Create an external website (such as a blog – wordpress or website) that will attract people outside facebook .
Step 5. Contact Similar Organisations Have a look for groups / websites online that have similar goals.
6. Promote your Events Create an event and invite your contacts to join.
7. Promote your blog or newsletter. Post your newsletter on your page. Import your blog . 8. Keep in touch with your members. When you log into your Facebook account, you receive an update of all the actions your contacts have taken.