Are you interested in connecting with other UW faculty and staff who share your personal interests? Starting or joining a social interest group is easy using Facebook or UW’s own Google+ site.
The benefits of starting or joining a social interest group are many. Training for a marathon and want to link up with others to form teams, identify training buddies in your area, and provide tips and encouragement? How about if you are a displaced Midwesterner and want to find others for a regular game of Euchre? New parent who wants to connect with others to talk about babysitters in your zip code, balancing work with parenting, and provide support? Social interest groups are good for all of these and more. Just be aware that social interest groups are subject to the University’s social media guidelines. Even though you’re connecting with coworkers, we encourage you to create and maintain your group’s social media presence in your off hours.
Facebook is a natural place to start because so many people are already on it. Instructions for starting a group are here. You can chose to make the group fully public, require administrator approval for each new member, or invitation-only.
If you only want your social group to be found by people who have a UW NetID, consider starting a Google+ community instead. In order to find a UW Google+ community, you must be logged into your UW Gmail. Below you will find a series of links that will take you through step-by-step instructions to open a UW Google+ profile. Armed with your profile, you will be able to search for existing groups. If you don’t find one that fits your need, you will be able to start your own and begin connecting with others who share your interest. Once formed, these groups will have their own calendar for events, a place to share content like messages, links, and videos, and a variety of other functions that make it easy to learn, share, and communicate.