UnionBook: “a powerful tool for our movement.”

January 29, 2009 at 10:19 pm (blogging, Champagne Charlie, internet, unions)

Eric Lee of  Labourstart sends news of a promising new initiative:

This weekend will see the public launch of UnionBook – the social networking site for trade unionists, sponsored by LabourStart.

I wanted to make sure that all our correspondents knew about this in advance, in the hope that you will sign up and spread the word in your unions.

UnionBook, which is located at http://www.unionbook.org, offers many features that you and your union will find useful. Among these are:

* Blogs – build your own blog today. Free, with no ads.

* Groups – create a group to support your union and your campaigns. Groups can have discussion forums and shared documents. They can be public or closed. They’re a very powerful tool.

* Post your profile and sign up your friends – just like in any other social network (with certain subtle differences).

We’re adding more features all the time, fixing and tweaking things, but with over 500 users already using our beta version, we think it’s time to go live and to recruit thousands more trade unionists. UnionBook will never be as big as the giant commercial networks like Facebook, but once we have several thousand trade unionists using it, I’m confident that it will become a powerful tool for our movement worldwide.

We’re not telling anyone to stop using other social networks. If you are active in Facebook or any of the others, that’s fine. But use UnionBook for your trade union activities and see how easy it is to build and form groups, and to publish content online.

Please spend some time on UnionBook.org and explore the possibilities. And then spread the word — because together, we can create something amazing here.

Thanks.

Eric Lee

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