FAQs about Social Media
FAQs about Social Media
Why has Al-Anon started using social media?
To raise public awareness of Al-Anon Family Groups among the general public. Social media is a very powerful tool. On page 112 of our Service Manual it says:
“GSO, in carrying out its responsibility for creating public information messages beyond the local level, will continually look for new ways to do so using the capabilities of social networking and emerging technologies while adhering to Al-Anon’s spiritual principles.”
What is the purpose of the Facebook page?
It is another way of getting Al-Anon’s name better known and telling the public about the help and support we can offer. On Page 111 of our Service Manual, it says:
“Social networking can be an important venue for carrying the message of Al-Anon as it fulfils its primary purpose of reaching millions who are not yet aware of the existence of our fellowship”
If I go on to Al-Anon’s Facebook page can I protect my anonymity?
Everyone needs to be responsible for protecting their own anonymity. Be aware that if you click “like" or "comment" your "friends" may see this on your Facebook. Though we have made our settings as safe and secure as we can to avoid breaking people's anonymity, we cannot completely control how Facebook uses our 'likes' or 'comments' or 'shares'. If you have any concerns please consider simply looking at the page - reading the posts as well as listening to the podcasts.
As a member of Al-Anon, if I “like” or “share” the Al-Anon Facebook page, will others know I am a member?
They will see that you “liked” or “shared” the page but it won’t show you as a member. If you do not want your friends to see that you have looked at the Al-Anon page, please do not “like” or “share” it.
Can I see the Al-Anon Facebook page if I don’t have a Facebook account myself?
Users who don’t wish to log on or join but would like to see the page, can simply click the ‘Not Now’ on the screen that pops up. You can then continue. The screenshot below shows where the ‘Not Now’ button can be seen.
Can I post messages to my Al-Anon friends on the Facebook page?
No. This page is meant for Public Information rather than sharing member to member.
Can I add photos to the Facebook page?
No. However, if you have a photo you think we could use please send it to
email@example.com marked “Facebook”.
Can I send a private message to the Facebook page?
No, but if you have a question about Al-Anon please email
firstname.lastname@example.org and we will answer you.
Can I “comment” on the Al-Anon Facebook page?
Yes, but the comments will not appear on the public page.
How can I contribute to the Facebook page?
Please send any contributions, either personal or from your Group, to email@example.com marked “Facebook”.
Where will the content for the page come from?
From a variety of places – from members’ shares, Al-Anon Today, old News & View, our literature and from the World Service Office Facebook page.
There is a problem with Al-Anon’s Facebook page. Who should I contact?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org, putting FACEBOOK in the subject line and stating what the problem is.