The Society Calendar
Autumn Meeting at Grosmont 12th October 2019
Grosmont Village Hall website
David Jenkins: The Philosophy of an expensive watch
David Cottrell: Making a Tourbillon Watch
Steven Tyrer: CNC Machining and Horology
W & M.H.S. embraces social networking Facebook link
‘Social Networking’ is a phenomenon that’s worked its way firmly into everyday life over the past decade, and not just among the young! Probably the leading worldwide network is Facebook, and for a long time it has hosted pages and groups dedicated to specific interests. Many of the people we know in the world of horology – both amateurs and professionals – also have personal Facebook profiles, and anyone else who uses the site can make a connection with them, as a “friend”.
If you’re a Facebook member already, search for Wales & Marches Horological Society and you’ll find our newly-created group, which is maintained by Steven Tyrer and Alastair Cobb. It is regularly updated to include the latest society news, and the files section contains useful reference documents such as the minutes of the AGM. It’s a closed’ group to keep ‘spammers’ away, so that means that the administrators have to approve new members. Click on the ‘Join’ button at the top of the page – after which one of them will approve your membership. Once you’re a member you can post on the group’s timeline, upload photos either to the timeline or to an album you’ve created. You can also start, or join in, conversations with fellow members.
The administrators can also cross-post information from our group to the pages of other groups whose members will find it of interest. This way the society can build up a network of online followers who, though they may not be society members themselves, will be kept in touch with our activities and news.
If you’re not a Facebook member, signing up is very easy. Many people worry about security, but you will have full control over who can see what you post – or indeed whether anyone can see you at all on the site – and you can accept or reject ‘friend’ requests which come in. As a good rule of thumb, only allow those you actually know, or that you know by reputation, to join your list of friends. You shouldn’t then be troubled by unwanted postings. You can ‘un-friend’ anyone at any time. The popularity of postings and pages can be gauged because anyone who visits a page or reads a posting can click the ‘like’ button and register their approval. Likewise, you can ‘follow’ a page and automatically see any new posting or update to that page without having to search for it. If you join the W&MHS group you’ll automatically see any new postings to the group on your own page.
The world-wide-web’s version of “word of mouth” is a powerful and far-reaching tool. Not only that, it can put you in touch with people from all over the world who share your interests and, better still, it can often put you back in touch with people with whom you’ve lost touch. If you haven’t dipped your toe into the waters of Facebook yet, give it a go. The Facebook Group is in no way a replacement for our very effective website, which will continue to be the first port-of-call for people browsing the web. Facebook offers a different angle, which is useful in a different way.