I'm pulling together a page of guidance about the RSA's online communities - both about where they are, and how to use them. It even includes advice on how to get online for the first time, which some Fellows may well find useful.
I hope that the page builds on various ideas that the RSAde group had had before my arrival at the RSA, for instance the idea of (regional) digital champions - aka RSAde'ers - to help Fellows who want to become more active online. Andm, of course, I've been talking with members of this group very regularly since I've been here. I talked with Roxanne and Jemima last night :-)
(BTW, let me know if you would like to join me as a regional digital champion: we have made a good start, but need more people to get involved. Don't worrry, it can't get too onerous, as if it does you can just forward any queries you receive to me. Or just ask to be taken off the list).
The draft guidance page is here: http://bit.ly/pCW1Nn
It's very much a draft version and a bit rough and ready (some parts of it are still in note form) - but I'd really appreciate your feedback on it. What's missing? What's confusing? etc.
What other questions will Fellows want to know the answer to?
You can put feedback up here, or send it to me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Many thanks for any help you can give.
(RSA Senior Networks Manager - Online & International)
For what it's worth I think this is useful stuff. Highly recommend @davebriggs as a source of information but not sure if he's still a Fellow. Like the use of Google docs as a means of sharing *but* wonder if this might be a chance to walk the walk and see if there's any mileage in Google + as a sharing platform? I'm just starting to mess about with it so use in anger might have benefit.
You seem to have covered all bases so what about formatting it as a series of Ning pages when you're happy with the content? You could then signpost to people like Dave Briggs and Dave Wilcox.
Suspect Brian Solis might be a step too far for some, especially people just starting out, but Will Perrin should be in there somewhere and Talk About Local.
Hope this helps.
Great to hear your thoughts on all this :-)
I'd certainly love to pick Dave Briggs' brains about this, if I ever get a chance. He was very involved in the RSA digital engagement (RSAde) group, at one point.
I like the idea of seeing whether there's any mileage in Google+, though right now have so much on my plate that it might slip down the list a bit.
I'd love to hear any conclusions that emerge from your Google+ playing around.
It would be great if you could share them here - I'm sure many of the (almost) 100 RSAde'ers would be very interested to hear :-)
I'm currently rejuvenating a Netvibes RSA web dashboard that David Wilcox made some while back - trying to work out what the most interesting content is, which sources I ought to be merging so they can flow in neatly.
Interesting to realise that Twitter appears to be slowly closing off its open ecosystem - eg hiding RSS feeds etc...
You'll have seen from the Google Doc of the proposed guidance page (draft!) that I hope to somehow embed the dashboard near the top of the page - or (as I'm not sure that's possible) an image of it that can be clicked on to take people to the actual dashboard.
BTW, do you feel like joining a number of us as an RSA (regional) web champion (offering web-related advice and encouragement to Fellows who need it, in relation to their writing etc online about RSA-related activities)? (If it ever became too much you could just forward queries to me, or drop yourself from the list).
I'd love to meet for a chat about all this, some time :-)
PS Hope I get a chance to view that Solis/Battelle interview - sounds great. Oh, another thing, David Wilcox and I did briefly wonder whether it would be worth making a digital engagement-related Netvibes dashboard. A place to keep up with people like Battelle, Solis etc perhaps? It's not a priority, exactly, but I'd like to do it... As I think I'd find it helpful and inspiring! As might ~100 RSAde'ers....? ;-)
i'm pleased the comments were of some small use. I
would be happy to support in any way that I can time
permitting. Let me know what's required and I'll
gladly see what I can do.
I think the netvibes approach would work well BTW and
its worth persuing. I'm not very familiar with
embedding this into a Ning page but I can't see why it
shouldn't fit the bill.
Will keep you up to date with my efforts on Google+
it's very slick but I'm not exactly sure where it fits
in the scheme of things just yet.
Out of interest, have you had a play with flipboard
for the ipad yet? Definitely my favourite App of the
One way you can help is simply to be listed as one of the RSA's regional digital champions - and answer any queries that may come your way, from nearby online Fellows. (In the unlikely event that this becomes time-consuming, just forward the queries to me, or ask to be taken off the list.)
Let me know if you'd like to join us, and - if so - for which region :-)
I haven't got any further that not knowing where Google+ fits into the scheme of things. So I'm keen to hear whatever you may work out...
Re flipboard - I wonder if it's available for Android. Despite being Apple centric for most of my life, I decided not to pay the premium for an iPhone. Might still end up with an iPad though, some time... ;-)
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Hi Matthew, it's good, but very long and detailed - quite intimidating! Some very basic stuff and some quite technical and advanced. It feels a bit unbalanced to me too, quite twitter and blog-heavy. I think Helen Jeffrey suggested a handy framework recently which brings out the purpose of each section more clearly. Also do you know that the Digital Engagement Quick Guide v1.0 got boiled down to those slides after starting out as a similarly long word doc?
Looking forward to seeing a completed draft soon :)
Thanks for the feedback. It certainly is intimidating to browse through the entire document (page) - but I would hope that people can just click on the link in 'Contents' for the section that they want (then go back to the top) - rather than reading the whole thing.
I need to look at Helen Jeffrey's framework again. I can't quite remember now, how that might suggest we rework things. (Though my inclination is to get a page live asap, rather than going off in a new direction).
There certainly is a fair bit of overlap with the Digital Engagement Quick Guide. I intended to embed it in my page, or link to it. (Though someone was suggesting that I don't do that, whilst someone else was suggesting the opposite).
Which bits of the current page do you think have too much superfluous detail - just the Twitter and blogging sections? The blog one certainly looks trimmable..
Are there some bits which are lacking in sufficient detail?
Basically I feel like I need to say:
- where the various communities are
- What you might want to do with them? (Preferably that can be done quickly)
- The basics of how you do it
- And then there's the list of regional digital champions + something about social media surgeries and advice like that that is out there and might help Fellows.