PBS on Facebook

Nhu Nguyen xerantheum@gmail.com
Thu, 17 Oct 2013 07:44:59 PDT
Dear all,

The PBS Facebook page (
https://facebook.com/pages/Pacific-Bulb-Society/…) is
endorsed by our Board of Directors. It was put on just about a year ago,
with the idea that we will only use it for society business to attract new
members. Kathleen Sayce is our administrator for the page, who has been
doing an excellent job posting our past BX announcements. We do not post
current announcements because as you may notice, sometimes Dell sends "BX
closed" messages within hours of sending out the offerings. The competition
is tight and we want to keep current announcements for members. However,
posting it on Facebook allows for others to see the wonderful species that
we're offering and hopefully attract new members.

Since the activation of the PBS Facebook page, we have engaged with more
international prospective members and our international membership is
becoming stronger. I'm not saying that the Facebook page was solely
responsible, but it most certainly did not subtract.

Whenever this topic comes up, there are always dividing opinions. But it
seems to me that over time, there is less intense opinions about Facebook
usage. I don't see us as a society moving completely to Facebook but our
presence there may increase. But in order to do this, we will need everyone
here to chime in and tell us what direction we should move. After all, we
are here to serve in the best interest of our members.

Remember that the personal information you put on Facebook is accessible to
someone, much like any other website. So if there are things you don't want
the public to know, don't put it on the web. Much like on this forum where
whatever you post will become public. Some people create online aliases to
use for Facebook, and that is a good idea for people who are hesitant.

With all that said, I'm not endorsing nor renouncing Facebook. There are a
lot of issues with it, but there can also be good things, as some of our
members have pointed out.


On Thu, Oct 17, 2013 at 8:05 AM, James Waddick <jwaddick@kc.rr.com> wrote:

>         There is already a PBS page on Facebook, but it is NOT under the
> auspices of the PBS officers or board. I brought this to the attention of
> the PBS months ago and they voted against any association. I believe PBS is
> missing a great opportunity to communicate about the world of bulbs to more
> people all over the world.

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