MA and maNexus Members,

Museums Australia would like to ask our members' opinion on branching out into the social networking world of the internet.

What are your thought on an Museums Australia Facebook page?  We would love your insights.  

An MA Facebook page would be an easy-to-access conduit for news and information of the Australian and International sectors and act as a notification tool and stepping stone to maNexus for more in depth blog and forum posts.

MA will still be utilising maNexus as it offered members a suite of functions, now including chat and twitter linkage, in an ad-free and moderated environment, and we encourage any members who are not a member of maNexus, or who haven't posted in a while, to visit to site: a href="http://manexus.ning.com" target="_blank">manexus.ning.com>

If you have any comments, please reply below or contact <stephanie.hamilton@museumsaustralia.org.au>

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Facebook is mainstream and generic. As great as maNexus is, it is secular and dependant on people returning to the site. Many would see more MA updates on Facebook (for those who use it) as Facebook is somewhere they go more regularly. Joining Facebook would also offer MA an opportunity to follow and interact with its institutional members who are on Facebook. I don't think this should be a question - just do it! Facebook pages are easy and quick to create, and cost nothing.

Couldn't have said it better myself. Given the popularity and reach of this platform, I am surprised MA doesn't already have one. I think it will be a fantastic resource for MA members and MaNexus users.
 
Andrew S. Bowman said:

Facebook is mainstream and generic. As great as maNexus is, it is secular and dependant on people returning to the site. Many would see more MA updates on Facebook (for those who use it) as Facebook is somewhere they go more regularly. Joining Facebook would also offer MA an opportunity to follow and interact with its institutional members who are on Facebook. I don't think this should be a question - just do it! Facebook pages are easy and quick to create, and cost nothing.

Thank you for your replies!  MA has been considering a Facebook (or similar social networking) presence for some time, but resources at the National Office are limited that even ensuring maNexus remains up to date is a struggle - the thought of adding more platforms was daunting.  

However upon deeper reflection, discussion and brainstorming we acknowledge that the quick-fire open-access nature of Facebook may in fact better facilitate discussion and information sharing in a way that will ultimately enrich maNexus content.  

After some workshops relating to not-for-profits utilising social media, and much debate within the MA National Office, we will be meeting with Tikka Wilson (Multimedia & Web Manager at the National Museum of Australia) next week to discuss options for getting MA better communicating with our members, and vice versa, and with the sector as a whole.

We look forward to hopefully finding you on Facebook soon! If you decide to proceed it is as easy as going to www.facebook.com/pages and clicking Create Page.

Carnamah Historical Society & Museum, www.facebook.com/carnamah

For various and sundry reasons I won't join Facebook, so you've lost me.

That's not that I am opposed to social media, just the policies and arrogance of Facebook.

I suppose I will be ridiculed for that stance, but so be it.


 
Carnamah Historical Society said:

We look forward to hopefully finding you on Facebook soon! If you decide to proceed it is as easy as going to www.facebook.com/pages and clicking Create Page.

Carnamah Historical Society & Museum, www.facebook.com/carnamah

Which is completely understandable and great to remember. I don't think it should ever be about replacing other methods of communication with Facebook - as of course there are many people who don't and would never use it (but obviously there's some benefits for increased communication with those who are on Facebook).


Graham Grundy said:

For various and sundry reasons I won't join Facebook, so you've lost me.

That's not that I am opposed to social media, just the policies and arrogance of Facebook.

I suppose I will be ridiculed for that stance, but so be it.


 
Carnamah Historical Society said:

We look forward to hopefully finding you on Facebook soon! If you decide to proceed it is as easy as going to www.facebook.com/pages and clicking Create Page.

Carnamah Historical Society & Museum, www.facebook.com/carnamah

What if MANexus became more of push out service as has happened with Archives Live for the Australian Society of Archivist? The messages coming out from Archives Live generates greater interaction with the ASA's Ning than here, which is sad, cos MANexus could be as good as AL, but it needs to push out rather than rely on members to visit when they remember.

Thanks for the links Steve. MA will have a looksee at similar groups that use Facebook and/or Ning together in a way that best gets the info to members and users in the easiest way.



Steve Stefanopoulos said:

What if MANexus became more of push out service as has happened with Archives Live for the Australian Society of Archivist? The messages coming out from Archives Live generates greater interaction with the ASA's Ning than here, which is sad, cos MANexus could be as good as AL, but it needs to push out rather than rely on members to visit when they remember.

Thanks maNexus users for your comments. MA's Facebook page has been active for a while now. We have nearly 300 Likes, which of course is nowhere near the numbers we have here on the Ning. Active users is a whole other story, of course.

The idea of MA branching out into Facebookland was to enable information-sharing in the easiest way possible. So many people use Facebook every day, while people might only physically visit maNexus once a week or less. Facebook is also better on mobile devices.

MA certainly does not wish to replace maNexus with Facebook, indeed we often discuss how we can better engage our maNexus users and are working on ways of utilising Ning's excellent and growing features.

I certainly encourage those of you who use Facebook to Like Museums Australia. I understand entirely those who are wary or actively avoid such social media sites - I hope maNexus will be able to pick up on content to engage users in a more active and useful discussion.

Having only 2 full-time staff members in the National Office, who are responsible for the membership, financial, governance and other administrative tasks for nearly the whole association, the time that should be dedicated to social media is minimal, but it is forever in our minds.

Thanks again for the thoughts, comments and replies.

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