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Regarding using media to publicise Classes, God how I try! So many photographs, so many race reports. It seems to sell boats but they are reluctant to travel.
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Originally posted by 423zero

Most Government employees not supposed to have Facebook accounts, Police, Teachers etc, not just personal preferences.


That is utter, utter, rubbish. 

many  professional groups are advised to avoid work related content  and/ or  stating  where and whom they work  for on  fb etc , but i am unaware of any organisation that specifically bans FB. 

many teachers  use  a differing  name or versio nof their name of FB  especially if the  teach in secondary or FE  primarily  to stop  people from trying to  track them  down , although having  tight  security settings  also limits what can be seen by those you  are not friends  with 

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Post Options Post Options   Quote 423zero Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Sep 17 at 7:03am
Wow, we are lucky to have such an oracle of government policy.
I can only pass on info from experience of associating with people who work for local authority/government in a professional capacity, A2Z you can have a Facebook account, when you lose your job or a promotion, take your employer to a tribunal quoting ZippyRN.
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One of my competitors has just had a now ex-employee vent their spline all over Linked In recently.... it's almost not funny as I'm sure all employers are going to have to face this or similar at some point.   You can't block people from social Media, or using it inappropriately.   As pointed out, they'll just register under a pseudonym if they really want to.
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There is no ban in  civil service, only guidance on things like keeping work related topics off them them. Am sure the government guidance for teachers, firefighters, NHS etc. are similar.

Edited by zeon - 15 Sep 17 at 12:51pm
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Originally posted by A2Z

Originally posted by Sam.Spoons


Originally posted by 423zero

Most Government employees not supposed to have Facebook accounts, Police, Teachers etc, not just personal preferences.

That might have been the case but it is no longer so. Clearly such people have to be more careful who they 'friend' and what they post but they are, in the main, not prohibited from being active on social media.
Is this informed fact or opinion? I only ask because I was told just 3 years back not to have a FB account, and it's the reason I don't use my name here.

Informed fact, I worked in a school and this was the LEA advice on social media. 
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Main reason I look at class site is for technical information and advice, rigging etc.
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And back on topic....

The CA website should be a the Class official Shop Front if you like. Carrying news, photos, specs, a boat register and ways on contacting the CA if there are any questions/queries. As has been said not everyone does social media so it is important to ensure that those who don't are not excluded.

Twitter is a way of driving traffic to your website, release a short 'soundbit' with a link and people will inariably click on it and read more.

Facebook is now the defacto forum for many classes even if it is a little less formal than forums/bulletin boards of the past. The D-Zero class FB page always has some banter on it as well as having all the official 'Class' news being posted there.

The other thing a CA can do it set up an official page which they can then use to post news. So any posted by that page can be considered the official line from the class.

It all works together but it should start with the website and spool out from there (this is how the D-Zero website is run).
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As someone who runs two sailing related websites, a class and a club, as well as a full time job in IT, can I say that finding the time to do content updates as well as the technical updates constantly necessary to foil the hackers and spammers is difficult.
However more of you could get involved with your class or club websites since content can usually be posted by anyone given an editor's login - you don't have to be a tech admin. If you can competently post on Facebook or a forum you could be useful to your club or class as someone to write current news items or articles so please don't just mutter about out of date websites, volunteer to help.
 
And when I was a MOD employee (up to a couple of years ago) we were just advised to be careful about what we posted anywhere, don't discuss work topics and advised not to use work email addresses for anything other than work. We usually described ourselves as Civil Servants - people then think you work in the tax office or something equally boring!
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