Facebook is your Friend, by Tegan Darnell, Librarian
“facebook like thumb” is an image of simple geometry is ineligible for copyright and therefore in the public domain, because it consists entirely of information that is common property and contains no original authorship.
Love it or hate it, facebook is a fact of life. It is the largest social networking platform in the world with over 1 billion active users and 70 languages supported.
According to Statistic Brain , over 28% of people aged 18-34 check facebook before they even get out of bed in the morning. I admit, I am one of them…
How can I possibly use it professionally?
Facebook is designed for socialising, but it has a number of features which make it ideal for use for professional purposes such as:
1. Professional networking
I am a member of a number of groups on my ‘professional’ facebook account that I would never otherwise get to join in a formal capacity. Via facebook I have access to, and gain an intimate insight into: ALA (American Library Association) Think Tank, Library Aware Lab, Facebook for Educators
2. Keeping track of blogs, news, and organisations
Among the pages I follow are WIRED, ADFI, CSIRO, Creative Commons, and the University of Southern Queensland. That’s before I even start to mention the University Libraries from around Australia and the world.
Facebook gives you the ability to easily create and manage groups, with a variety of security and privacy settings.
Groups allow you to share documents and files among members, survey members, create group events, and discuss specific topics and issues. They function smoothly for teaching or as discussion forums.
You can set groups as Open (Anyone can see the group, who’s in it, and what members post), Closed (Anyone can see the group and who’s in it. Only members see posts.) and Secret (Only members see the group, who’s in it, and what members post.) as well as separately setting how people can join the group or who can approve members.
4. Create your own Pages
You can set up a professional page, with CV like details, or a page for a service, division or business.
For demonstration purposes only, I have set up my own page here
What do I do this week?
1. Set up a facebook account
Many people will already have a facebook account, but if you don’t, or would like to create a new one for the purposes of 23 Things (make sure you are logged out), facebook make it really easy on their homepage:
You will be asked for your details, and will have to create a password.
If you are setting up a second, or third, facebook account, you just need to sign up with an email address you have not previously used. Technically, you can have as many facebook identities as you have email addresses.
2. Make Friends!
Friend me, and some of the other 23 Things participants. You can search for people in facebook by entering a name in the search box in the top ribbon of any facebook page:
3. Join a group
There is a USQ 23 Things pilot group, which is moderated, so will need to request membership. Have a play and see if you can find any other groups which appeal to you on a professional level.
If you have already done all three of these things… try and create a group or a page, or experiment with your profile settings.
4. Read the article
You will have to join the 23 Things group for the link…
If you write about your experiences on your blog, you can share your blog post on Facebook or Twitter. Also, you are encouraged to comment and share your Facebook url below.