If you already have a Facebook account then log-in and search for ‘MX5 Club of SA’, otherwise read on.

Finding your way with Facebook

Facebook helpMaking connections on Facebook is not limited to friends. Through both Facebook Pages and Facebook Groups, you can stay more connected with everything that matters in your life from businesses and public figures to common interests and hobbies.   To forge these ties on Facebook, it’s important to understand the difference between Facebook Pages and Facebook Groups.

Facebook Pages

Like a friend’s profile, Facebook Pages enable public figures, businesses, organizations and other entities to create an authentic and public presence on Facebook. Unlike your profile, Facebook Pages are visible to everyone on the internet by default. You, and every person on Facebook, can connect with these Pages by becoming a fan and then receive their updates in your News Feed and interact with them.

Authenticity is at the core of Facebook. Just as profiles should represent real people and real names, so too should Pages for entities. Only the official representatives of a public figure, business or organization should create a Facebook Page.

For example, I am an avid watcher of the American TV show “Lost” on ABC. By connecting with the official Facebook Page for “Lost”, I can keep up on the latest episodes and other information directly from the people behind it.

The official “Lost” Facebook Page.

We have a team at Facebook that is focused on verifying the authenticity of Pages on the site. If an official representative or user identifies a fake, spammy or abusive Page, we will investigate and determine whether to remove these Pages at their request. Remember that you can always remove yourself as a fan of any Page by clicking the “Remove Me from Fans” link in the bottom left corner of the Page.

Facebook Groups

While Pages were designed to be the official profiles for entities, such as celebrities, brands or businesses, Facebook Groups are the place for small group communication and for people to share their common interests and express their opinion. Groups allow people to come together around a common cause, issue or activity to organize, express objectives, and discuss issues, post photos and share related content. When you create a group, you can decide whether to make it publicly available for anyone to join, require administrator approval for members to join or keep it private and by invitation only. Like with   Pages, new posts by a group are included in the News Feeds of its members and members can interact and share with one another from the group.

Groups range widely, from members of a church group or athletic team organizing activities to serious topics on politics and world events or even more light-hearted themes.  Say that you and your friends have a favourite celebrity or cause you want to rally around, but you are not the official representative of   either. You can either become a fan of the official Facebook page for the celebrity or cause and show your support there or create your own group on Facebook around the common interest. For example, just as I’m a fan of the official Page for the show “Lost,” I am also a member of groups created by other fans like myself.  The “Lost” groups offer a way to interact with a community of people and discuss the latest theories around what is happening on the show from what the “smoke monster is” to how it will all end.  http://www.facebook.com/blog/blog.php ‘post=324706977130

Joining the MX-5 S.A. Groups

Step 1

If you would like to join the MX-5 of SA Facebook Group then log on to  the Facebook website (http://www.facebook.com), and then click ‘Sign Up’ button.

Step 2

Fill in your full name, a valid email address and birthday date.   Birth-date is not mandatory and can be ignored.  For another status, you can select ‘None of the above’

Step 3

Choose your password. Enter an easy password to remember. Its needs at least six characters.

Step 4

Complete the image verification check.  Identify the words or numbers displayed and copy/ type them in. This is simply to verify you are a person and not an internet robot (called ‘bots’)

Step 5

Don‘t forget for read the ‘Terms of Use’ and ‘Privacy Policy.’ Check the box to mark your agreement with the terms of both.

Step 6

Click on the ‘Sign up Now!’ button at the bottom of the page and wait for redirection to a thank you page.

Step 7

Check your email inbox and click on the confirmation page from Facebook. They will send link confirmation for your registration. In order to access the group you must be a registered member of   Facebook and a registered member of the MX5 Club of SA. Once you are registered on Facebook simply type in the search area on your Facebook page ‘MX-5 Club of SA’ and request to join.

For more information such as privacy please go to http://www.facebook.com/help/basics and read what you may find useful before signing up.   Clearly this not going to be for everyone but it may be worth giving it a try like other Australian and international MX-5 Clubs are now also doing.

Tony Colhoun

Club Member and Past Membership Officer