At this point, the Chapter in online in three places: The website, the
Blog, and the discussion group. I'd like to get them all together at
some point, but for now, let's just see if they work at all.
My idea for it all is this:
the WEBSITE will remain (mostly) as it is, fairly static in nature.
It is the Chapter's primary online presence, and will represent the
Chapter to the surveying community at large, and the world for that
matter. (There are some updates in the works for the website, but
they are still a few months away from being presentable.)
The BLOG will be used as more of an ongoing way for the Chapter to
present up-to-date information to the Chapter members. Chapter
reports & minutes, State reports and other notable information can be
posted for the Chapter's review as it happens. The blog also hosts
polls for the Chapter members, and information feeds (updated daily)
from various trade magazines (POB & American Surveyor) linking to
their most current stories. Right now, only the Chapter Officers can
post to the blog (that may change), but the Chapter members can post
comments to any of the blog posts. The blog is private, for members
only, and is not listed on any blog lists, however anyone who
navigates to it can read it.
The GOOGLE GROUP is a discussion group to be used by all of the
members of the Chapter. We often have good discussions at our Chapter
meeting about things that are concerning us as a group (ie.: the blue
border discussion), and I've seen those discussion continue in the
parking lot after our meeting. This group will be a way for us to
contine those discussions with each other thoroughout the month. Any
member of the discussion group can post and/or reply. (Please keep
the flames to a minimum.) The group is private, for members only, and
is not listed on any public group lists, however anyone who navigates
to it can read it.
With both the Blog & discussion group, you will need a google account
to participate. It is as simple as an email address and a password.
I chose Google for a couple of reasons. First, it's free - the
Chapter is not being charged for the blog or the discussion group.
Second, Google accounts are unbeliveably functional and they're spam
I'm not sure how it will ultimately work at this point. Time will
tell how it all comes togther for everyone. If you have any comments,
suggestions, criticisms, etc., let me know. I'll see what I can do.