Mountain-Plains Museums Association:
Museums and Web 2.0
What we've learned so far
How much time does Web 2.0 take?, museumtwo.blogspot.com/
- MySpace.com still active, but Facebook.com has expanded beyond 200 million users;
- Flickr.com and YouTube.com get indexed in searches fast and museums must add to the mix from their own sources to 'control' in some way what is found in searches;
- flickr.com is owned by yahoo.com -- flickr stream of photographs will help you get found in yahoo's regular search, in addition to image search;
- YouTube.com is owned by google.com; YouTube videos show up well in regular google searches;
- MySpace search engine send different group of users to museums;
- MySpace google search bar is a smaller set of sites;
- Linkedin.com is great for museum directors, curators, graduate students, resumes;
- Use linkedin for professional presentation of your CV
- Facebook.com is useful both for professional contacts, and for institutions;
- Set up a facebook fan group for your museum;
- Do not send out endless Apps on facebook (what age am I really? type of Apps) unless you really do want people to think that you have no job, no life, no plans;
- Blogs are additional resource, but take the most time if they are to be useful. Do not start a blog then only add to it every other month. At least weekly updates are necessary for audience;
- Off-site links are the power to your MySpace, Facebook, Linkedin, etc. -- make sure, if possible, that your museum, etc., adds a link from your regular website to your museum social network and blog sites.
Remember -- treat everything on the web as public.
From the Mountain-Plains Museums Technology Committee; George Laughead, MPMA Technology Committee founding chair, maintainer.
Site hosted at WWW Virtual Library @ www.vlib.us. Updated: 29 September 2009.
Museums and Web 2.0: MPMA Technology Committee