18 April 2010 ~ 4 Comments

Spinny Bar Historical Society Guide To Social Media

Our Director, Ryan, presented a fantastic slideshow at Museums and the Web 2010 in Denver where he outlined the evolution of the Spinny Bar Historical Society in the digital age. In the presentation he outlined our approach to our extensive web presence and social media – and encouraged other delegates from far more established museums and societies to ‘do’ and ‘be the change’.

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4 Responses to “Spinny Bar Historical Society Guide To Social Media”

  1. oo0o0o 18 April 2010 at 8:37 am Permalink

    Hi guys

    Your website is fantastic but it has many huge problems, most importantly why are you not thinking about how to build community *outside* of the Spinny Bar Historical Society? You know what I mean? what are your GOALS, and how will you know if you are successful? Who are you trying to reach? Are there plans to publish an API? If not this is all kind of basically dumb, kind of. Also I see you have a Facebook page and the Twitter deal and everything but is that REALLY engagement in / a commitment to social media??? You guys need to take these things seriously!

    Also sitemap.xml?

    Again though your website is fantastic, let me know if you have any job openings, thanks.

  2. seb 19 April 2010 at 1:29 am Permalink

    Thanks for the comment!

    Having established a foothold in the online world in well under 24 hours we are now recruiting for the implementation of a 360 degree digital strategy.

    The key goals of the SBHS are being discussed by our newly appointed trustees together with our Director and once they are determined we will be able to better align our digital efforts to help achieve them.

    An API – we have chosen a collections management system that already has API hooks so myself and the other Director of Revolving Technologies will be demonstrating this soon. I would like to point out, though, that already a mashup has been created for the SBHS by our friends at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science University of Illinois.

    Of course, we are also looking for new staff and you should send your resume to our Director, @ryand, who handles that. Rest assured that although we are the SBHS we haven’t agreed on a revolving door policy for staff.

  3. Ryan 19 April 2010 at 10:19 pm Permalink

    Hello oo0o0o, thanks for taking the time to engage in a dialog with us via our website (we can’t be doing that poorly, then, can we be?)

    Seb’s point is solid — we are still very early on in our social media campaigns, and this in and of itself proves that you can’t just give up the first time someone says that you’re doing it wrong (which, as we can see, has happened less than one week in!)

    I, for one, welcome any criticism, complaints, praise, idea, or comment, and will continue to operate this Histocial Society as transparently as I am able.

    and we have a sitemap.xml.

    It’s easy to miss the point of social media entirely, and use view counts / # of platforms, but if you look around and talk to the people using our brand in the social space, you will quickly see that we are creating deep and lasting relationships with our friends, fans, and even critics.

    We will continue to do this flagrantly, as social media is all about creating a lasting engagement with your audience.

    BTW, We’re also looking for a director of spinny names, and it seems like you might be a good fit, oo0 (can I call you oo0)?

    We’ll see ya around!
    -Ryan

  4. Emily 3 June 2010 at 10:36 am Permalink

    Hi guys

    Your website is fantastic but it has many huge problems, most importantly why are you not thinking about how to build community *outside* of the Spinny Bar Historical Society? You know what I mean? what are your GOALS, and how will you know if you are successful? Who are you trying to reach? Are there plans to publish an API? If not this is all kind of basically dumb, kind of. Also I see you have a Facebook page and the Twitter deal and everything but is that REALLY engagement in / a commitment to social media??? You guys need to take these things seriously!

    Also sitemap.xml?

    Again though your website is fantastic, let me know if you have any job openings, thanks.


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