To talk or Not to Talk?

Alice Brewer

First of all, your customers are talking. Whether you hear them or not. How you handle that conversation sets the stage for all future communication. As I speak with businesses about social media and how they can use it to their advantage, one of the concerns that I hear is, ...

Social media, social media policy resources

http://wellcommons.com/users/jestevens/photos/2010/aug/17/196976/ **Social Media** [Mashable.com][1] -- Social media news and web tips. LOTS of how-tos, from Facebook to Twitter. [Whitney Mathews' Social Media Tutorials.][2] [Making your social media strategy relevant][3] -- Brian Solis in Harvard Business Review. Start by understanding the conversations that are already happening around your brand. Then craft ...

Need a social media policy? Here's info.

Jane Stevens

As we've talked with many of the organizations that have group pages on WellCommons, it's been clear that those who don't have a social media policy could benefit from one. Having guidelines for the entire staff to use would free up the outreach coordinator or marketing director or public relations ...

My last day as a WellCommons intern

Ursula Rothrock

Today marks the end of my stint as a summer intern here at WellCommons. I have greatly enjoyed my time here and appreciated getting to know so many people in our health and wellness community. Numerous people in Lawrence are striving for better health and I was able to witness ...

Our community is growing!

Jonathan Kealing

We've been abuzz lately — as staff — because our community here is growing rapidly. But we haven't shared the good news with all of you, the people who actually make up the community. Let me show you two graphs: http://wellcommons.com/users/jkealing/photos/2010/jul/29/195857/ http://wellcommons.com/users/jkealing/photos/2010/jul/29/195858/ As you can see, with the exception of ...

COMPLETED: Some site maintenance coming at 12:45

Jonathan Kealing

**1 p.m. update: We've now completed this maintenance.** We'll be doing some maintenance on our sites at 12:45 this afternoon, meaning our sites may go down for as much as 10 minutes at that time. Since midnight, we've been getting sporadic site overload errors that last a minute or less. ...

WellCommons recognized in Knight-Batten Awards

Jonathan Kealing

WellCommons was honored Monday as a "[notable entry][1]" in the annual Knight-Batten Award competition. Though WellCommons wasn't [among the top seven entrants][2], the site was among 30 others that were singled out for praise by the panel of judges. Taking top honors was an effort by the [Sunlight Foundation][3] to ...

More Data that Supports a Social Media Approach to Health Related Issues

Alice Brewer

Why Wellcommons? This is one reason why! This March, a report on chronic disease and the Internet by the Pew Internet and American Life Project and the California HealthCare Foundation showed that people fighting such illnesses are using social media to find information and connect with others who suffer similar ...

You can now upload photos to posts!

Ursula Rothrock

Great news for all WellCommons users: **you can now upload photos straight from your computer to a WellCommons post.** You still are able to use the old [copy-and-paste a URL from Flickr or LJWorld method][1], but you now have the convenience of uploading straight to our site. Videos cannot yet ...

How to post a photo on WellCommons

Whitney Mathews

To add a photo to your WellCommons post, you can upload photos straight from your computer or use links from one of our sister sites and Flickr. You still are able to use the previous methods, explained below, but you now have the convenience of uploading straight to our site. ...

Answering Your Questions About WellCommons

Ursula Rothrock

Hi, everyone! [I’m an intern][1] here at WellCommons for the summer and I’m having a wonderful time and taking in a lot of information. I’ve been in contact with quite a few members and I have come across a few basic issues from some of the people I’ve spoken with. ...

How to post a video on WellCommons

Whitney Mathews

Adding videos to your posts on WellCommons is really easy, and only involves copy/paste. Our system currently embeds video links from these sites. There are step-by-step instructions for using each one below: - Journal-World websites ([LJWorld.com][1], [KUSports.com][2], [WellCommons.com][3] & [Lawrence.com][4]) - YouTube - Vimeo **THINGS TO KNOW NOW** - Videos ...

Twitter hashtags: Everything you need to know

Whitney Mathews

**Twitter hashtags** are a little scary when you don't understand how they work. We have a feature in groups and profiles that lets you track specific hashtags, so here's a short Q&A on the basics. **Please leave any more questions in the comments!** What is a hashtag? **A hashtag is ...

Kudos and thanks to our advisory group

Jane Stevens

We began planning WellCommons last summer. We engaged the community from the start. http://wellcommons.com/photos/2010/may/25/192587/ Health reporter Karrey Britt and I invited about 40 members of the local health community to join our working group of reporters, editors, programmers, designers and staff from marketing and advertising to figure out what WellCommons ...

How WellCommons works....

Jane Stevens

1. The first order of business: sign up for WellCommons! If you already have an account on LJWorld.com, KUSports.com or Lawrence.com, just sign in. (You don't have to sign in to just look at pages, but if you want to participate, sign up.) We're asking each of you who sign ...

Additional registration dates scheduled for Teen Fitness Connection

Tracey English

**Two additional registration dates scheduled for Teen Fitness Connection:** Know a teen who may be interested in a free fitness membership this summer? Teen Fitness Connection is back at Body Boutique. The program enables girls ages 13-18 to workout free all summer. Remaining registration dates and times: Saturday, May 22 ...

Official, we are

Jane Stevens

Well, the week-long countdown to our "official" launch stretched out to include another 10 days. What do they say....the last 10 percent takes 90 percent? It wasn't quite like that, but those last few pieces had to be coordinated among several parts of our organization. And, of course, I kept ...

Countdown to going "public"

Jane Stevens

Next Monday, we'll go "public". We'll be officially out of beta, which was the time for our advisory group members (next week, I'll describe more about what they've been doing) to start group pages and for us to work out all the kinks that they discovered. I remember the first ...

Internet Explorer 7 issues

Jane Stevens

We've been having a few issues with Internet Explorer 7. Although one of our designers, Ben Turner, tests WellCommons in all browsers, occasionally some things fall through the cracks. He thinks we've fixed everything (thanks to Janice Early-Weas, Belinda Rehmer, and Lisa Horn for the heads-ups). If you IE7 users ...

Journalists, journalism, j-schools and the new era

Jane Stevens

As those of you who are participating in WellCommons know, this is a very different way that a news organizations serves its community, because it uses the tools of the Web to integrate community and journalism. How our community will change the structure and function of WellCommons remains to be ...

How-To's added in Resources

Jane Stevens

I've added several files to the Resources section of this group, About WellCommons: - [Top-Ten Basics][1]....a quick overview of how the site works. - [How to Participate][2]....signing up, signing in, member privileges, what contributors and administrators do. - [How to Post, Quick Post and Repost][3]...it's soooo easy. - [How to ...

Full WellCommons.com Terms of Use (The legal version)

The World Company d/b/a WellCommons.com (“WellCommons.com”) owns and/or operates the website www.WellCommons.com (“Web site”). By accessing or using the Web site, you agree to be bound by these Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (“Agreement”), as WellCommons.com may amend them at any time. All amendments automatically go into effect on ...

What is this Web site?

Jonathan Kealing

WellCommons.com is new and at its core is an experiment to combine the power of social media with the importance of community news and information. It's also an effort to redefine what it means to experience advertising online. Not everything we do on this site is going to work. We ...

Privacy Policy

WellCommons.com is a new form of community Web site; it's part journalism and part social networking. As such, a variety of types of personal information can be collected while you use this site. WellCommons Forum for Community Health Solutions, owned and operated by The World Company in collaboration with its ...

Terms of Use

[**You may also read the full, legal version of our site's terms of service.**][1] By joining our online community, you agree to the following. You can also read our full terms of service. We're building a positive, solutions-oriented online community. We need your help to make this as interesting, helpful ...

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