Posts Tagged ‘Facebook’

Last year I created a Facebook page for Tararua Library.

I confess I haven’t been been that impressed or happy with how it works and the traffic it garners, but that isn’t enough for me to totally drop it yet. Maybe time will pick up traffic.

What concerns me though is the privacy issues surrounding Facebook. It may surprise some of you out there, but I am a very private person ūüôā I am rather quiet and hermit like in my real life. I know, go figure.

Anyway, I hadn’t joined Facebook before creating the Library page, and the only way I could find to create the page was to join. So I did reluctantly. Now I don’t use my personal page that much. I have a few contacts and one little group I am a member of, but there isn’t really that much holding me there.

So with the privacy issues, I would really like to delete my personal Facebook page. I just don’t know how to do it without loosing the Library page and the ability to edit the library page.

So advice please. Does anyone know how to have a Institutional Facebook page without having a personal page?  And if so, how can I transfer ownership so as to delete my own personal profile?


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Social networking

I’ve been reading a very interesting book entitled “Throwing Sheep in the Boardroom; how online social networking will transform your life, work and world” by Matthew Fraser and Soumitra Dutta.

The book is divided into three parts – identity, status and power. With regard to identity the authors outline the tension between our personal and institutional selves. At work we tend to put on a fa√ßade, repressing our social selves. On online social networks we tend to let it all hang out.¬† There is a distinction between our real-world and virtual world identities. This tension can lead to dilemmas in social networking sites. Many bloggers have faced this dilemma in deciding how much of their personal selves and personal life is revealed. Too much can cause upset to others blogged about and yet the blogger wants to express personal thoughts and feelings. On social networking sites like Facebook, friends are made up of work colleagues and close friends. How much of the self do we want to reveal? Wanting privacy while at the same time putting information in the public sphere remains a tricky issue.Whatever you put online stays there, so when a prospective employer ‚Äúgoogles‚ÄĚ you they might find stuff you’d rather they didn’t see.

With regard to status, the authors talk about the virtual world as a level playing field where anyone can become famous (or infamous). Reputations can be made or broken as word spreads fast on online social networks. Customers have to be able to trust brands and companies, and will complain vociferously if that trust is broken through phoney-looking blogs, for example. There’s much more about status including closed versus open networks.

With regards to power – social media is disruptive to the power of institutions which is why those institutions, and especially corporations, are resistant to it. Amateurs can get more visibility and power than professionals. There is a powershift towards consumers who can, themselves, become producers. I particularly found the chapter on the toppling of the Big Four music cartel interesting and how they’ve had to adapt to survive the music industry.

Social networking sites are revitalising democracy. The horizontal networks of Web 2.0 e-ruptions (as the authors call them) present opportunities but also difficult challenges as they are at odds with powerful vertical hierarchies.

This book is difficult to summarise (and I haven’t done a good job of it)¬†as so many aspects of social networking are covered. It’s a fascinating read which I highly recommend.

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I recently read a blog entry about libraries’ use of social networking sites and the mention of Facebook.¬† I then realised that I had only recently become a “fan” of one library’s Facebook page.¬† This made me want to search out more to see what was out there and to see how libraries were using Facebook.¬† The library I’m a fan of is our very own Michael’s Tararua District Library’s page.¬† Michael has the library’s blog posts displaying there so it’s an active page.¬† A search of library on Facebook brought up the very active Dunedin Public Libraries Facebook page.¬† The only other New Zealand library in the search results page was a public library whose page I couldn’t access without first becoming a friend.

Firstly I thought that this wasn’t great advertising for the library concerned.¬† The idea, surely, is to be available and accessible to potential customers online.¬† Having to apply for “friendship” seemed counterproductive.

The second thing I thought was that the search facility is not user friendly.¬† When searching for people you can limit your search to your own country, but this did not seem possible with “fan pages”.¬† I wasn’t inclined to search through piles of results to find local libraries.¬† Even searching “library zealand” didn’t come up with anything particularly useful.

Once the local libraries are found though they appear to have useful information. The Facebook page seems a good way of communicating with customers, informing of events, happenings and book reviews, etc.

For those of you who work in libraries with a Facebook page, how do you publicise the fact that you have one, considering that searching within Facebook isn’t the greatest?¬† Do you have many followers?¬† Do you receive feedback?

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