Taking Facebook to the Next Level

PC3 October Meeting Program
Thursday October 13th 2011 7:00pm
at Pritchard Memorial Baptist Church

Taking Facebook to the Next Level

Almost everyone who deals with a computer today is at least familiar with Facebook. Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, tells us that 800 million people now have an account. Using it safely and effectively is another matter. Facebook is evolving so rapidly they don’t call their changes updates any more, they call them “iterations”. What we saw several years ago is just a shadow of Facebook today. Zuckerberg announced at the 2011 f8 conference in California that Facebook was in the mist of substantial iteration. Anyone who wants to stay current on this application will want to deal with these changes.

Using Facebook is, like most applications, just a matter of figuring out where the bells and whistles are and getting use to using them. There are, however, a couple of additional issues lying in wait out there: One is knowing how your Facebook output will translate to other people who see it. In addition, you should be extremely aware of where your information will appear. That is, you must deal with the security issue of who can see it.

All of this sets the stage for our October program. Our goal is to provide some insight into setting up and using Facebook on a day to day basis. We will examine the Facebook page interface and explain what’s going on as well as how to control your content. In addition we will explore some of the privacy issues associated with who will be viewing your output. After a brief introduction we will focus this program on using the personal Facebook pages. In order to take advantage of this workshop approach we suggest each of you bring your laptop, netbook or tablet with you to the meeting.

Our speaker will be Nicole LaPointe. Nicole has been using Social Networking since she picked up MySpace in 2002. She moved to Facebook about 5 years ago and has been sharing her life experiences ever since. Nicole recently helped me get acquainted with some of the new things on Facebook. I was surprised at her ability to deal with the workings hidden behind the menus and generate responses as if it were second nature. Nicole has developed an intuitive navigational sense of the Facebook interface and can successfully judge the output that results. She will give us a brief history of Facebook’s development over the last several years, and then review the various user interface pages using a workshop approach to show us how to effectively use the tools available to get our messages across. So, don’t forget your laptop, netbook or tablet computer. We’ll be working live on the web.

Please join us. The PC3 meets on the second Thursday of each month, October 13th this month, at Pritchard Memorial Baptist Church, 1117 South Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28203. The meeting gets under way promptly at 7:00pm. We generally start with a Question and Answer (Q&A) session to help our members with those “Brick Wall” problems we all occasionally see. Following that we have a presentation on a topic of interest to PC or Smart Phone users and wrap up by 9:00pm.

In addition to our General Meeting at 7:00pm we get together for dinner at 5:45pm. We will hold our “Eating before the Meeting” at the church, again, this month. Six or seven folks showed up, at a previous meeting, had supper and talked tech until it was time to start the General Meeting. The club will provide iced tea and cookies for desert. Anything else, pizza, burger, sandwich will have to be brought in by the participants. We suggest that everyone interested stop on their way to the meeting to buy themselves diner at the Sandwich Shop, Fuel Pizza, McDonalds, etc. and bring it with them to the church.

For directions and additional information see below at the bottom of the page.

Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/PC-Club-of-Charlotte/141685895891903.

To speak to a person contact Jack LaPointe (jglapointe@gmail.com) at 704-489-0011.


Pictures of September Meeting

We took some pictures at our last meeting.

Thanks to Richard Kinkel for editing them for this upload.

They are included below.

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    Follow up On Our October 13th Meeting

    The Personal Computer Club of Charlotte [PC3] had an exciting meeting last Thursday, October 13th. Our program topic “Taking Facebook to the Next Level” was a rousing success. Nicole LaPointe conducted a workshop for us which allowed us to try out many of the new Facebook features. Nicole did an outstanding job of balancing the introduction of new material with the practical application of day to day use. Thanks to Nicole for an interesting and informative presentation and her patience in helping us learn to deal with Facebook. 

    Using Facebook is, like most applications, just a matter of figuring out where the bells and whistles are and getting use to using them. Just using it is one thing, using it safely and effectively is another. There are a couple of issues, security issues, lying in wait out there: One is knowing how your Facebook output will translate to friends who see it. Another is being aware of where your information will appear; that is, who can see it. Public, in terms of Facebook’s reach, now means 800 million people could be viewing your most intimate details… and your boss may be one of them.

    While Facebook is primarily a personal networking medium, it does support an organization page format. The organization page is somewhat different than the personal page: for one thing it doesn’t so much track “friends” but rather “likes”. It can, however, be and is used extensively for business development, particular for small business. Non-profit organizations fall somewhere between small business and this area of personal communication. Facebook may, in fact, be an ideal fit for nonprofits like us.

    We focused the program on using the personal Facebook pages. However, we think Facebook is a great medium for getting the word out about our PC group. We have tailored our PCCC FaceBook Page to communicate with you the members, but we are relying on you to pass notices and messages on to your “friends”. I trust this workshop prepared you to do that and we’ll expect to see lots of new members at our meetings in the future as a result.