It’s like Christmas every morning at my desk. Okay, maybe not quite as exhilarating as presents, carols, and egg nog, but pretty close.
Once I get into work I settle in, get my cup of coffee, turn on the computer and log on to Facebook. (Jealous? I’m lucky to have a job where, not only do I have access to Facebook-it’s part of my job description.) The anticipation builds as I open the Museum’s Facebook page…and voila…see that 6 more fans magically appeared overnight!
It’s exciting to see the results of our Facebook efforts right there in black and white: 636 fans. (That’s up from 169 fans just 4 months ago!) I’ve even started recording the number of fans on a whiteboard outside my cubicle for fellow colleagues to track our progress.
More important than numbers is the idea of connecting with our community, and for us that means, first and foremost, citizens across North Carolina. Right now, we’re striving to have fans from all 100 counties in North Carolina taking part in our Facebook fan base. When we reach the 100th county, all our fans will be rewarded! So tell all your friends from Murphy to Manteo to join in the Facebook fanfare.
Social media and Web 2.0 is a relatively new venture for the NCMA. I love reaching out to virtual Museum lovers and connecting with them on-line. And in the next year we’ll be trying new…and better ways to do just that. I hope it won’t be too long before you’re following our tweets on Twitter and customizing your own NCMA page. Stay tuned!