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Facebook or Homepage for Ski Club?

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

For a while I've wanted to set something up on the web that helps with communicating with the folks in the ski club I'm an organizer for.  For the most part it is an after school ski/lesson program.  This will be the fourth year running it and each year I find myself sending out very similar information to the club.  I tend to re-sue the same emails with way too much information in them.  Some of the parents love them; some couldn't care less.  I'm OK with that but want to make sure that all the parents get the information that they need.  Keep in mind that much of the communication is to the parents of a child in the club and there is a fairly good chance the parents don't ski and/or aren't familiar with the New England climate; like my wife is from Southern CA and says it's chilly when it's below 65 deg F .  It isn't considered chilly in NH until it gets closer to freezing and "cold" doesn't happen until you hit single digits .

 

What I would like to do is have a web page or something with all the information there and I can easily keep folks updated no matter where I am.  I'm more of a home page type of guy but I'm thinking that Facebook might actually be the way to go.  I want to have a resource for the parents on what to expect at the mountain, how to dress for the cold weather and links to information; where to get good deals on gear and other sites that are ski related (i.e. epicski).  It would be best if the info isn't buried in an email with gobs of other information.

 

So I'm asking folks here that might have experience with Facebook and ski clubs or home pages and ski clubs what the pros and cons are.

 

I do have the resources to have either set up for free.  Well not really free if you consider I'm paying for his college education

 

Thanks,

Ken

post #2 of 15

I'm the webmaster for one of the divisions of USSA.  We have both. 

 

Advantages of web site:

 

  • Control over static information
  • Ability to create email addresses for officers as needed and re-point them rapidly when those officers are replaced
  • Ability to organize vast amounts of information and present it in a logical format

 

Advantages of Facebook:

  • immediacy.  With a website, you have to have a webmaster who has the TIME DURING ski season to be updating the site with the turnaround you require.  (That's how I got roped into this.)  With Facebook:
  • others can rapidly post information to the page as well as you can, including uploading pictures, so it's collaborative.  The flipside, of course, is that you lose control a bit.
  • The kids are all using Facebook.
post #3 of 15

I'd say both as well.  That way if some overprotective parent doesn't let their kid use facebook, they have another means of getting the information.  Or they don't have to be hypocritical going on facebook to get it themselves.  I'll have to run this by Snofun3 before I post it to see if it's intelligent enough.

post #4 of 15
Thread Starter 

Both might be the way to go.  I can use the homepage for general skiing info (how to dress for the cold, what to expect the first day, etc) and facebook for communication.  Maybe to get more kids involved.  The kids I'm referring to are middle schoolers and up and many of them have facebook accounts.  I have an ulterior motive of getting the HS ski team more talent by time my daughter gets there so I'm focusing on the middle school now.

 

Thanks,

Ken

post #5 of 15

I am not a big fan of FaceBook.  I deleted my FaceBook account when I found out they were selling my information to advertisers before I had a chance to opt out.  With FaceBook you will force everyone to get a FACEBOOK account. 

 

I would suggest checking into Google Groups http://groups.google.com/ .

 

Also check out http://picasaweb.google.com    for sharing photos. 

 

At least Google doesn't sell your information like FACEBOOK.

 

post #6 of 15

Your personal preferences should have nothing to do with the best way to reach your audience.  The FACT is, most kids have Facebook accounts.  Also, it is possible to have a Facebook group page that is VIEWABLE publicly, even if it is not update-able publicly.  So, he can set it up that outsiders without Facebook accounts can see it. 
 

I have a Facebook account and I learned to use it.  Any twit who doesn't learn how to use the privacy settings and keep up with the changes deserves what they get.  No issues here on my end. 

 


 

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I am not a big fan of FaceBook.  I deleted my FaceBook account when I found out they were selling my information to advertisers before I had a chance to opt out.  With FaceBook you will force everyone to get a FACEBOOK account. 

 

I would suggest checking into Google Groups http://groups.google.com/ .

 

Also check out http://picasaweb.google.com    for sharing photos. 

 

At least Google doesn't sell your information like FACEBOOK.

 

post #7 of 15

I am a software engineer for 33 years.  When FaceBook added the privacy settings for selling information to advertisers did they notify all their users and give them a chance to opt out.  NO THEY DID NOT.  My FaceBook photo and  information shows up on the www.cnn.com on the right side in the advertisement section.  This scare the bejeeses out of me.  Who else did FaceBook sell my info to.   I deleted my FaceBook account. 
 

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I have a Facebook account and I learned to use it.  Any twit who doesn't learn how to use the privacy settings and keep up with the changes deserves what they get.  No issues here on my end. 

 


 


 
post #8 of 15

Mine doesn't.  There was an option about linking the accounts which I was offered and said no to. 

post #9 of 15

 

Quote:

 

At least Google doesn't sell your information like FACEBOOK.


Google recently tried to by all of facebooks archived info, ie posts, photos, video, basically anything that anyone has ever posted

post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post

I'm the webmaster for one of the divisions of USSA.  We have both. 

 

Advantages of web site:

 

  • Control over static information
  • Ability to create email addresses for officers as needed and re-point them rapidly when those officers are replaced
  • Ability to organize vast amounts of information and present it in a logical format

 

Advantages of Facebook:

  • immediacy.  With a website, you have to have a webmaster who has the TIME DURING ski season to be updating the site with the turnaround you require.  (That's how I got roped into this.)  With Facebook:
  • others can rapidly post information to the page as well as you can, including uploading pictures, so it's collaborative.  The flipside, of course, is that you lose control a bit.
  • The kids are all using Facebook.

 

+1, extra bonus for the last point about Facebook.

 

Even though I have 30 years experience in computers and communications systems, I find myself unable to present a better description than this.  Maybe I'll think differently in another three years.

 

post #11 of 15

I would do both. There has been a few articles recently that kids have started to leave Facebook. Since you want to reach parents also, a web site is very easy to check while at work and company rules might restrict Facebook use.

post #12 of 15


Too late.  FaceBook already sold your information to advertisers before you had a chance to change your account security settings. 

 

Survey: Facebook Near the Bottom of the Customer Satisfaction Barrel

 

While that demographic is growing for the site, it's a sect that may not be smiling at the company's frequent security changes and updates.


 

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Mine doesn't.  There was an option about linking the accounts which I was offered and said no to. 

post #13 of 15

Set-up a website using a Content Management System (CMS) like Joomla or Wordpress..... 

 

Using Wordpress as an example, it is easy to add themes (tons out there both free and paid).... Add all the static info as pages (i.e who we are, what to wear).... set-up some users who can post without being able to mess with the site settings, and voila!

 

There are plugins for updating a facebook page, posting by email, etc etc.....

post #14 of 15

That's neither here nor there.  The point of the discussion is how to reach the target audience right now.  Right now, the vast majority are still using Facebook.  Some are leaving, but where are they going?  The people who are supposedly "dissatisfied" are those who are even worrying about this stuff, not kids.  And if your Facebook page is public then even those worrywarts can see it.
 

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Originally Posted by catskills View Post


Too late.  FaceBook already sold your information to advertisers before you had a chance to change your account security settings. 

 

Survey: Facebook Near the Bottom of the Customer Satisfaction Barrel

 

While that demographic is growing for the site, it's a sect that may not be smiling at the company's frequent security changes and updates.

 

 


 
post #15 of 15
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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post

The point of the discussion is how to reach the target audience right now.  Right now, the vast majority are still using Facebook.  
  


I've also used YouTube as a convenient (and no-cost) supplement for posting videos.

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