If you play with Facebook and you haven’t seen it yet, an official USMS Facebook group is out there now.

There is also a USMS Network that you can attach yourself to. This was harder to do than I expected with the new Facebook layout they launched a few days back so I figured I would make a quick guide for those of you that want to do it. Here’s what you need to do to make that happen…

Go to www.usms.org/admin/aliasrequest.php to request a usms.org email address. So now to my list of about 100 different email addresses I can add robd@usms.org

Wait for usms to approve your new email

When you have your new email address go into Facebook and click on settings at the top of your screen.

Then hit the networks tab

Next type U.S. Masters Swimming (exactly like that otherwise you won’t find it) into the Network Name box. Once you’ve selected the network you will be prompted to enter your usms.org email address. Click Join Network.

Finally you’ll get a confirmation email from Facebook and once you click the confirmation link that they send you you’re done! Oh and there is one fun unintended side effect… doing this will make it look like you work for USMS. I’m going to have to come up with a good title for myself… I’m thinking Director of Central Californian Swim Blogging Operations.

2 Responses to “USMS on Facebook”

  1. Ahelee says:

    OK… I got my USMS email address and all.

    But explain to me why we need to have a network – or what we are going to do with this “network”.

    I’m already confused at why there are 2 Masters groups on Facebook right now.
    Masters Swimming has 591 members and the new USMS group is up to 348now, most of which are probably already on the 1st group!

    Do people just like to be part of groups?
    I don’t see a whole lot of interaction or posting activity.

    I think the best thing out there for information is the USMS Discussion Forums on their website.

  2. Rob D says:

    I think the newer Masters group that I linked to is actually set up by USMS… or at least that’s the vibe I’m getting. I’m not sure what their plans are with it though.

    Networks are different though. By belonging to the USMS network you can view the profiles of other people that belong to it. The same way as if you’re part of a geographic network and you can read the profiles of others in the same area. There’s not much that you can do via a network in a promotional manner but it does make communication with and discovery of other swimmers much easier.

    I agree the USMS forums are pretty good and really active, but not everybody is into forums so I think it’s nice to give other options. The younger set that is post High School or College that masters really needs to recruit heavily prefers Facebook so I think it’s ok to have a few outposts there even if they are a little redundant.