Please don't diminish the email content. I don't access the other types of
channels because of their presumed less privacy rules. I don't trust
facebook's privacy due to the published articles of using private
information illegally. LinkedIn I don't know much about, but I am not about
to go to it.
That said, I don't mind a lot of articles on email because they have so much
educational content. Too many outlets for such, in my mind, is a dilution
for the search for knowledge and a lot time is wasted in searching so many
sources when we already have a good source in email.
It is fine to use the other outlets, but keep the information on email also.
Ken Smith, former IH, now retired.
From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU] On Behalf Of
Secretary, ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety
Sent: Monday, February 11, 2013 12:01 PM
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Question
We are on LinkedIn. Ralph posts much of this religiously. I am the
I thought I would add some information to this:
Last year, in follow up to the CHAS web site upgrade that took effect in
August, I began exploring various options of Web 2.0 outreach for the
Division. I loosely define "Web 2.0" as Internet tools beyond e-mail and web
The challenge for those of us raised on the 1.0 version of the Web is to
understand the value added by Facebook, Linked-in and Twitter. After a few
months of tracking the three, I believe that they are distinct from the
opportunities provided by e-mail and web sites.
With the help of a local 20-something consultant, I have set up Twitter
feeds and contributed a variety of stories to the division Facebook and
Linked In pages. (These stories are web stories I come across incidental to
the events that are summarized at the pinboard site and via e-mail 3 times a
week.) They tend to be related to CH&S and academic laboratory science,
rather than reports of specific incidents. These items often come from other
My observation is that Linked-in and Facebook provide outreach beyond the
current membership. Linked-in is able to present the topics discussed to a
more technical audience than Facebook, but it also requires additional
effort to visit the Linked in page and understand how it works to pursue
discussions. I think of Twitter as a headline service and Facebook as an
outreach tool for the general public.
With this in mind, I send the various items of interest I find to the
various outlets listed below based on my sense of each medium. This month,
we also began a pilot program of advertising the Division and its national
meeting workshops through Facebook and Google. This has resulted in more
traffic to the division's Facebook page and web site, although whether it
will result in more division members or workshop registrants remains to be
Anyway, I expect that the DCHAS-L list will continue to be an important
feature of the Division for the foreseeable future, although we don't want
to neglect the audiences that other media provide access to. People whose
curiosity has been piqued by the above discussion should visit the various
sites listed below to see what they look like. People who are content to
stick with Web 1.0 technologies will see the service continue. If you need
to control your Inbox load from DCHAS-L, let me know and I'll be glad to set
your subscription to DIGEST, which means that you'll get one summary e-mail
per day from the list.
Let me know if you have any questions about this.
Division of Chemical Health and Safety
American Chemical Society
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