Should ALA integrate Facebook into its website?
Hello, WAC members!
A quick introduction: my name is Jenny Levine, and I'm one of the ITTS staff members serving on the Website Advisory Committee. My primary areas of focus are ALA Connect and emerging technologies. In my emerging tech role, I convene our internal Social Media Working Group, which looks at long-term strategic planning and best practices.
Our group met last week and began discussing recommendations we need to make to the larger [internal] Web Editorial Board for integrating social media into our future Drupal-based website.
To be honest, we're torn about the issue. We like being able to interact with members in an informal space (no pun intended) and promote our content, but we also value member privacy and go to great lengths to protect it. As a representative body of ALA members, we'd appreciate your input since its your privacy and eyeballs (as potential advertising targets) that are in question.
How would you like to see Facebook integrated into the website - if at all?
Potential options include:
- There's already a "share on FB" option in the AddThis "share" widget in the left-hand column, but we could separate it out to make it more visible.
- We could add a like/recommend button.
- We could add the FB widget that shows which of your friends have already liked a page.
- Don't integrate FB at all.
- Other ideas?