Ilkley Harriers has both a Facebook Group and a Facebook page. Of the two the Group is the more active and important.
Facebook Group FAQ
Why is the Club on Facebook?
Because many of our members use Facebook and because there was demand for the Club to be on it too.
The Facebook Group is a place to chat, support fellow members, share photos, and pass on information.
The Ilkley Harriers Facebook Group is 'open' so it is also promotes the Club and provides information on the Club for other Facebook users.
Is it official?
The idea was approved by the Committee in May 2011, and the Facebook Group set up.
How do I find it?
If you are a Facebook user, go straight to the Ilkley Harriers Facebook Group by clicking on this Ilkley Harriers Facebook Group link.. Or on Facebook search for Ilkley Harriers and select the "open group" option (the "organisation" option is the Facebook 'Page' which is a different thing (info below).
Who can contribute?
Only members of the Facebook Group may add content.
Who can join the Group?
As yet we have not seen a need to restrict membership to Ilkley Harriers: any Facebook user may apply to join the Group.
How do I get started?
You need to be a Facebook user to see or do (most) things on Facebook. Matthew compiled some useful notes on getting started on
Facebook. Once you are a Facebook user you can search for the Ilkley Harriers Group using the info in those notes or click on this
Ilkley Harriers Facebook Group link.
The next step is to apply to become a member using the link on the Ilkley Harriers Group page (see notes).
What shall I write?
Facebook is a place for chat and banter, but remember that ANY Facebook user can read what's there so please don't write anything on our Group page that could reflect badly on Ilkley Harriers. Let's have lots of friendly chat, constructive feedback on races and events, photos, fun links, etc. Facebook stuff!
Is it private?
No. Any Facebook user could read what is posted on the Ilkley Harriers Facebook Group page as it is an 'open group'.
We recommend that you do not post personal details, phone numbers, which flowerpot you keep the front door key under, etc. etc. on the Facebook Group page.
Are there any rules?
Normal web etiquette applies: do not say something on Facebook that you wouldn't
say directly to a fellow Ilkley Harrier. We need to minimise admin, policing,
and hassle! Anyone who causes undue upset and work may be removed
from the Group (membership of the Group is not a right of Ilkley Harriers
Can I promote my favorite shop, or recommend any other product or service?
No, let's keep this commerce-free. There is a 'Commercial Zone' forum on the Ilkley Harriers Forums and anything of a commercial nature must go there (and only there).
Does this mean the Ilkley Harriers forums are 'dead'?
Not by any means. Not all Ilkley Harriers are Facebook users or want to be, and only Facebook users can see stuff on Facebook. Also, Facebook content is not very structured - it's great for recent stuff but older stuff can be harder to find.
Facebook Page FAQ
Group, Page, what's the difference?
We set up a Group first as we think it meets the Club requirements best. Approved members can contribute freely, updates appear on your own Facebook pages, etc. A 'Page' works slightly differently (some clubs use this approach).
So why bother with a 'Page'
To increase our web presence. To make information available to non-Facebook users. To reserve the space on Facebook. To do some things that you can't (?) do in a Group like integrate the Twitter feed.
So it's not as important as the Club's Facebook Group, then?
How do I put stuff on it?
You can't, we've not set it up for people to post messages on to it.
Where can I see it?
If you are a Facebook user you can search for Ilkley Harriers in Facebook and select the "organisation" option (the "open group" option is the Facebook Group (info above).
Or anyone including non-Facebookers can Google it, or use this link www.facebook.com/IlkleyHarriers