There is now a new feature on Facebook called ‘pages’. Pages are a bit like ‘groups’, except they allow third party applications to be installed, which in theory means that pages are far more modifiable than groups. The very good church and technology blog ‘digital.leadnet.org’ (no idea what the name means) explains how a church can use this new feature to set up a page. It involves clicking the ‘Businesses’ link at the bottom of a Facebook page.
I tried setting one up for the Parish of Langdon Hills – the page I made is here. I have to say I remain to be convinced, as the pages seem to lack certain features of a group, such as the ability to appoint admins, the ‘recent news’ section and the ‘posted items’. Pages also have ‘fans’ rather than ‘members’, which is a little odd for a church. I suspect though the advantage of a page will come when you add third party applications, which I haven’t got around to yet. If any of you technical whizz kids can make better use of this pages feature then please do show us.
So, in summary: Interesting, but not that interesting.