July 2008 Archives
It is good to see the new version of the Alfreds website up and running. Apart from a redesign of its "look and feel", it boasts a host of "social networking" and private content features for members.
For example, members can start a Weblog for their boat or discuss any topic in the forums section. At the moment, it's a bit quiet, probably because a lot of members don't even realise it's there.
Having a a boat weblog which only RPAYC members can visit is restrictive (we expect friends and relatives to be able to see what's up with the boat). I have always had my reservations about private content when the aim is to facilitate networking between members of a site, unless a site has the critical mass of sites like Facebook or LinkedIn.
On the other hand, the Members Only section provides a way for members to air opinions in the knowledge that only other RPAYC members have access (and yes, all membership classes have access). So let's see if we can make it work! I started a Forum topic with the aim of giving the club some feedback about the site.
In any case, it's a great improvement over the previous site. Thanks, Damian.
For those interested in keeping in touch when away from the crowds, check out this article about Internet and phone access on the way North. All that, so you can let friends and family know where you are by starting a page for your boat!