New Media Interchange

New Media Answers Celebrates 1st Anniversary!


Looking over the New Media Interchange site tonight, preparing some other information, I was pleasantly surprised to see the our first show, New Media Answers, celebrated its 1st Anniversary in August 2009. Tracy Pattin and myself (Douglas E. Welch) have produced 16 episodes of this series, designed to help answer some of the most basic questions about New Media.

Please let us know if there are any questions we can answer for you in future shows. We love getting to the heart of your New Media questions and giving you the information you need to move forward with your own projects.

You can find all the past New Media Answers shows on the New Media Interchange Web Site under New Media Answers (direct link)

Thanks to Tracy for her great work. She now has 2 podcasts of her own, Sizzle in the Middle (Adventurize Your Mid-Lfe) and’s VoiceRegistry blog and podcast where can learn about the amazing world of voiceover acting through interviews with many of its most important people.

As for me, I will be celebrating the 5th Anniversary of my show, Career Opportunities: Helping to Build the Career You Deserve on September 24, 2009. I was one of the pioneer podcasters and still greatly enjoy it after all these years. It is this enjoyment that drives me to introduce everyone to the power of New Media and led directly to the creation of New Media Interchange. You can find more of my audio and video productions on my other blogs and podcasting, My Word with Douglas E. Welch, A Gardener’s Notebook, TechnologyIQ and Careers in New Media. You’ll find links to all of these on my web site at

Please be sure to check out the New Media Interchange Commmunity site, where you can ask your New Media questions and discuss issues with your fellow NMI members.

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What’s the differences between a Facebook Group and a Fan Page?

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I was looking for the answer to this question for both myself and the many people who ask me about the differences. I know a few of the differences, but it is nice to have it all laid out in a concise fashion. Thanks to Chuck Reynolds and Jacob Burke of the PodCampAZ organizing group for pointing me in the right direction for this info.

How are Pages different than Facebook Groups?

Pages can only be created to represent a real public figure, artist, brand or organization, and may only be created by an official representative of that entity. Groups can be created by any user and about any topic, as a space for users to share their opinions and interest in that subject. Pages can be customized with rich media and interactive applications to engage Page visitors. Applications can’t be added to groups.

Pages are designed to allow Page admins to maintain a personal/professional distinction on Facebook, while groups are a part of your personal Facebook experience. If you’re a group admin, your name will appear on that group, while Pages will never display their admins’ names. Additionally, when you take actions on your group, such as posting on your group’s wall, these actions will appear to come from you as an individual. However, if you post or take other actions on a Page you own, it will appear to come from the Page.

As long as a group is under 5000 members, group admins can send messages to the group members that will appear in their inboxes. If the group exceeds 5000, admins can’t send messages to all members. Page admins can send updates to fans through the Page, and these updates will appear in the “Updates” section of fans’ inboxes. There is no limit on how many fans you may send an update to, or how many total fans a Page can have. It’s also possible to restrict access to a group, so that new members have to be approved, but access to a Page can only be restricted by certain ages and locations.

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