Websites and applications that enable users to create and share content or to participate in social networking.
Lions SMiLE | Social Media Directory
SMiLE originated in the preparation of the 2012 58th Brussels European Forum Social Media seminars. During these preparations we found it hard to get information about European Lions using Social Media successfully. Information and guidelines on Social Media are scattered and knowledge on initiatives to start using Social Media in Lions is not shared. We felt the need to safeguard and share the gathered information and contacts for the use of all Lions.
During the 58th Lions Europa Forum in Brussels 2012 and with the endorsement of the Social Media seminar attendants, the Lions European Council accepted the proposal to create a ‘European web platform for all information about Lions Social Media’ named SMiLE.
Is an initiative to centralize all information about social media for use in Lions Clubs
Is a project that supports Lions Clubs to use social media in their social mission.
Wants to build a network that supports Lions in using social media to serve the community and the misfortunes worldwide.
Lions Clubs International
International Website: www.lionsclubs.org
Lions Multiple District 201
Australian Website: www.lionsclubs.org.au
Lions District 201Q2
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Recommended Social Media Guidelines for Clubs
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Lions Clubs International Perspective on Social Media
LCI is enthusiastic about social media because experience shows that it can help clubs connect with people who share their desire to serve and who care about causes they support. Moreover, social media can enable clubs to speed up communications among club members and their communities. LCI is increasing its use of social media for the same reasons. By "social media," we mean new Web 2.0 applications that let people to share digital text, graphics, audio and video content and to express themselves by commenting on content or others' comments. Some well-known social media platforms are: Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, YouTube, MySpace, Foursquare and Orkut, as well as blogs. Many forums and websites have social media features, too. Both of the latter have existed for decades, but social media is making them more popular. Websites are social if they enable comments on their content.
Guidelines for the Public
At [Lions Club name], we strive to nurture a vibrant and robust community, and we are enthusiastic about using social media to open new channels of communication and collaboration. Social media can help us to communicate better about things we care about, so we can work together to make things happen. Since social media are new to most of us, we have created these guidelines to help everyone understand some basic rules. When participating in [this site name], please keep these guidelines in mind:
- We invite all individuals' participation in [this site name], but people’s thoughts are their own; they don’t represent the view of this Lions club. We want people with all kinds of passions, ideas and goals to be able to express themselves as they wish and to be free to comment on each other’s thoughts.
- Your behavior will affect how people perceive you and create your reputation, so be courteous and respect others as you would like to be respected. It is okay to disagree and have vigorous debates without insulting anyone. State your opinions and make your case without cutting people down.
- Strive to be helpful to people and the group, which will improve your reputation. Tie your comments to the topic that people are discussing. If you want to talk about something else, feel free to start another topic. In general, [this site name] is not the place to talk about potentially divisive topics like politics or religion because Lions serve people irrespective of either.
- Don’t pick up the gauntlet. If someone makes negative comments about something you hold dear, resist the urge to write something negative in return. Rise above. Most negative comments are really frustrations or requests for help, so try being helpful rather than negative. Your behavior in these situations goes a long way in defining your reputation.
- Understand that anything you share digitally can be distributed on the Internet, and most content is searchable. Even if you share a comment, picture or video in a site that you believe is "private," anyone can take it and share outside, so keep in mind that all content is explicitly or potentially public. Although it’s often best to use your real name on social media sites, it’s probably not a good idea to share personal details such as physical address, phone numbers, work schedules, ID numbers, etc.
- Keep it clean. We reserve the right to remove any content at any time that does not adhere to this policy or federal, state or local law. This includes any text, picture, audio or video content or link that promotes illegal activity, discrimination, profanity, sexual material, uninvited selling or spamming, promotion of unsafe behavior, viruses or malware or that violates copyright or confidentiality. People who repeatedly share forbidden content may be barred from [this site name].
- Please understand that this club cannot be responsible for links and thoughts that people share here. Links and opinions do not imply endorsement of our club. We are very interested in your thoughts and questions about this site and policy, so we invite you to post questions or comments publicly or contact the administrator to give your feedback or voice your concerns privately.
Guidelines for Club Members
Club members, In addition to the above guidelines, please consider these:
- When you interact on social media sites, including your club’s, please represent yourself, not your club or Lions Clubs International, unless you are a club officer authorized to speak publicly for your club. Clubs should never represent LCI.
- The Lions Clubs International Board Policy applies on social media sites, too. Consideration, confidence and trust are the basis of healthy communities, so it’s generally not a good idea to discuss confidential topics or share internal documents on social media sites.
- Be transparent. When you are discussing Lions clubs or causes, whether on one of your club’s presences or another site, disclose that you are a Lion, so people know where you’re coming from.
- Each platform has features that let you “flag” false or spam posts, so you can help the club administrator(s) by flagging spam posts. Usually only administrators can remove spam, but you can alert them. Note that “spam” doesn’t mean posts you don’t like or disagree with, it is blatant, impersonal selling on your site.
- Please observe Lions Trademark Policy when using the Lions name and logo.
Guidelines for Club Social Media Coordinators
In addition to the above guidelines, club social media coordinators are administrators of club social media presences and have special considerations:
- Just like physical “meeting rooms,” social media sites are most welcoming when people feel that the host is present and truly interested in what guests have to say. So yours is a fine balancing act between encouraging people to share, permitting a wide range of behavior and intervening only if things are getting out of hand.
- It is very important to uphold your policy consistently, so everyone knows the rules are real. Along with this, plan on adjusting your policy when some part doesn’t make sense, so it works for your club, and it’s easy to uphold.
- If someone posts a comment that you or club members feel is critical or “negative” to your club or cause, read it several times before you react. Is it constructive? If so, don’t be afraid to dialog with the person, great things can come out of it. On the other hand, it you feel that it violates this policy, you can remove it.
- By far, the most common offense is people spamming your presence; for example, housewives getting rich “working from home.” Immediately remove those posts, and report them to the platform (i.e. Facebook, Twitter) as spam. If you don’t remove them, they can signal to your members that your space isn’t well tended.
- Practice good password management. Assign each administrator his/her own account rather than managing from one account.
- Make sure an administrator understands and agrees to your club’s guidelines before you put him/her into the role.
Facebook Page or Profile
The simple explanation
- A Facebook profile is the personal profile of an individual (You)
- A Facebook page represents the presence of a brand, business, organization or public personality (your club/district)
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- Your updates on your Facebook profile are typically private, especially if you’re taking advantage of Facebook’s privacy settings. Facebook pages are open to the entire public. Pages are even visible to people who are logged out of Facebook or not registered at all.
- To administer you need a personal Facebook account (Profile)
- You can manage multiple Facebook pages.
- Others can be added as admins to help manage the Facebook page
(They need a Facebook account (profile) and they need to ‘like’ the Facebook page first)
Keep in mind that each person who signs up for Facebook has one account with login information. Each account can have one personal profile and manage multiple Pages.
Multiple Facebook profiles can be set as admins on a Facebook page. All of these admins can manage and update the page
Facebook page can not invite people to like them, Instead a person must ‘like’ the page in order to follow its updates