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FACEBOOK* – IT’S NOT WHAT I THOUGHT 
          Rebecca Gurland – ASD Trustee     Rebecca@dowsers.org

 

When I was encouraged to check out the American Society of Dowser’s discussion and vision groups on Facebook, the positive benefits came as a surprise, as well as the dissipation of my concerns about using it *and other social media! The uses I thought of for it was to share family photos, perhaps find a long-lost friend or school reunion, and yet now I can say: make awesome connections, whatever your interest, with people from all over the world!

When signing up for a social media group we do make a “page” for ourselves, although no one is able to see your email address and you don’t have to put your face up there either. Some may feel somehow exposed doing this, yet if we have an email identity then we are not actually anonymous in the World Wide Web. You decide what is visible to others - keep it with no dates seen or you can update your “audience selectors” to show your birth date but not the year (some people like to get birthday wishes, yet conceal their age). Posting any message or photo on your page is not required, or commenting on anything you read anywhere, either. You just may find though, as I did, sharing with our ASD groups is interesting, easy to do and often can be quite enlightening.

The Wonderful Discovered Advantages
I found like-minded people from all over the world sharing their thoughts and ideas.
It is easy to click “like” and let others know you give your support to that idea; as we encourage each other so much with this simple ½ second action.
It is inspiring to see this encouragement and communication happening every day, in all avenues of endeavors. There are FB groups for every attention or concern.
I get to know what is happening with those I care about, and be quickly up-to-date with the people and organizations of interest.

The Alleviated Concerns
There are issues or concerns I’ve had about using social media like Facebook, Twitter or Linked-in, etc., you may have these thoughts too. What a happy surprise to find that: 
When I thought: I’ll get lots of email about “so-and-so brushed her teeth this morning”. Instead I find: it is now easy to set up privacy levels and not get tons of email about subjects or people of no interest.
When I thought: social media is a time gobbler. Instead, I don’t find myself spending any more time there then I do when I manage my time for surfing the web or TV channels. When I go to FB, there are notifications for new postings to pages I am interested in, allowing me to just see those. 

It Is Easy To Set Up
Join me as we explore this communication media. Write with your questions and we’ll discover answers. Setting up FB will familiarize you how to set up to visit the many other social media also being used.   Here are some easy to follow pages to help you get started and feel comfortable with these groups - you can find the advantages too. Find out “what happens when I click “like”?”, what does it mean to “friend” someone?" "who can see my photos?". "can people find out where I live"?

www.gcflearnfree.org/facebook101  - an interactive article with very easy to follow sections.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMr4M4ponm8 (video 20 minutes) Beginners Guide to Facebook
www.youtube.com/watch?v=e66q4QBjSdo (video 7.5 minutes How To Set Privacy)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ui_v5Gb8A54  (video 25 minutes) Advanced Privacy Settings