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Where is everyone?

  • 1.  Where is everyone?

    Posted 15 days ago

    I know it is early days and can appreciate that I've been an early adopter. However, given that now is the time we'd expect a flurry of initial engagement on this new platform, where are all the RACI members?

    Perhaps social media is indeed dead! Or is it just that this is one more platform that might be one too many for those already inundated with communications arising from other virtual communities?

    Just sharing my thoughts with everyone already invested in this platform, as I suspect that's the extent of the reach of this discussion thread...

    ...what can those of us already using MyRACI do to get more members on board?



  • 2.  RE: Where is everyone?

    Posted 15 days ago

    I think your point about it being another platform is the issue. This was my thought the second I went to the RACI site and saw the notification number over my initials "I don't need another inbox to check". 

    I struggle with keeping up with all the platforms I'm on now. It's possible I would search it for things, like stack exchange, but I don't think I could take it on as a chatty social kind of space.



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    Emily Barker
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  • 3.  RE: Where is everyone?

    Posted 2 days ago

    I can understand Emily's point of view. I retired from the workforce about the time that social media really started to crank up. I've never been on Twitter/X, Facebook or any of the others, and posted only a few times on LinkedIn. Email was about as far as I got, and then mainly communicating with just one person. For the past 15 years of my working life I worked alone most of the time, and so was never directly affected by the corporate and academic communication storm which employees seemingly must endure these days. I can only sympathize with those who must live in this world. I guess I was looking for a place where I could share a few thoughts and engage in stimulating conversation. Perhaps this forum might come to that as those with more time on their hands come to find it.



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    Thomas (Tom) Smith
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  • 4.  RE: Where is everyone?

    Posted 15 days ago

    I think it depends on the convenience and access to the platform. RACI need to be clear on whether the new website is just for information or more like a mode of communication like social media for members. 

    If the objective is like social media communication. I don't think the current set up will suffice. I get notified through my personal email and really can't keep up with all the threads. Even when I want to read or interact. I have to go on website, login etc. In all honesty, the only time I check my email is just during wwork. I don't really want to dedicate a tap on my google search for RACI website or would consider searching RACI.com.au on my phone check what's going on in the community. I would suggest RACI to consider creating an App like Discord or Slack. Admin can then create different rooms representing the divisions.  I can take a glance at it after hours, or whenever I feel convinent glancing at Discord  updates once awhile from the phone. You even can text message individual member. 

    I personally only ever use RACI website for information or signing up for events. I have a feeling this is the case for many younger members. To encourage engagement, I think convenience is something we need to consider. 

    I understand this sounds lazy on our part as Gen Z and some millennial. But we are just used to working with apps for social communication now rather than website. 



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    Adam Huynh
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  • 5.  RE: Where is everyone?

    Posted 15 days ago

    Just discovered that we do have an App posted Hannah a few days ago. Fantastic!



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    Adam Huynh
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  • 6.  RE: Where is everyone?

    Posted 15 days ago
    Edited by Sviatoslav Eliseenko 15 days ago

    Hello Daniel,
    I just found the new RACI feature. Most probably, people need time to adopt it. 



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    Sviatoslav Eliseenko
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  • 7.  RE: Where is everyone?

    Posted 15 days ago
    Edited by Oliver Jones 14 days ago

    I agree with Adam. I use social media a lot but it is not clear what this new site is for. Did members ask or it or is it something that is just being tested. The purpose  has not really been communicated with the members so why assume people would just start using it? It is not the most convenient system. An RACI Discord server would perhaps be easier but that's just me.



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    Oliver Jones
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  • 8.  RE: Where is everyone?

    Posted 15 days ago

    Hi Oliver. We do have an app dedicated for RACi now. Hannah posted it a few days ago. I think RACi needs to start encouraging members to download the app and then we can have a community there. 

    I am speaking from my experience from a mobile game I played during COVID. We were able to create a lovely community on Discord for over 3 years simply because when someone joined our community in the game, we also encouraged them to also join our community on Discord. Believe it or not, we ended up communicating more on discord than in the game itself. 

    I think when RACI gain new members, establishing clearly that we have this feature in place will help growing the community in the future. 



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    Adam Huynh
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  • 9.  RE: Where is everyone?

    Posted 14 days ago

    Hi Adam,

    I do have an automated email that goes out to new members added to the community space, and will include info about the MyRACI app.

    With thanks,

    Hannah



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    Hannah McCarthy
    Education & Outreach Coordinator (National)
    The Royal Australian Chemical Institute
    Email: education1@raci.org.au
    Phone: (03) 9328 2033
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  • 10.  RE: Where is everyone?

    Posted 14 days ago

    Hi Adam, 

    Thanks, I did know about the app. I downloaded it already and have tried using it. I am not sure I will use it much. I just don't know if I need yet another thing to check. Perhaps others may like it more. The new site looks nice overall and if even not many people use the message boards it may not matter. It is good for the RACI to  try new things.

    Discord is a popular way for students at RMIT to chat. There is even an RMIT Discord server. Some of the undergrads are surprised to find an academic on their uni server. 

    Cheers

    Oliver



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    Oliver Jones
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  • 11.  RE: Where is everyone?

    Posted 14 days ago
    Edited by Daniel Turner 14 days ago

    With almost four thousand people listed in the directory, it seems to me that less than one percent of members have actively responded to the launch of MyRACI.



  • 12.  RE: Where is everyone?

    Posted 14 days ago
    Hi Daniel,
     
    It may take some time for everyone to start using this space. At the National Office, we're doing our best to encourage participation. I'll be sending a follow-up email to all members, urging them to log in, explore, and engage with this new networking/communication platform. If you have any suggestions for increasing participation, please feel free to share them with me directly.
     
    Thanks,
    Hannah


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    Hannah McCarthy
    Education & Outreach Coordinator (National)
    The Royal Australian Chemical Institute
    Email: education1@raci.org.au
    Phone: (03) 9328 2033
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