Ecademy: Focus on specific areas of Interest

Another way to develop contact with Members with similar interests to your own is to join one or more Clubs. Here we’ll touch on the following –

  • The range of Clubs within Ecademy
  • The benefits of being a member of a Club
  • Checking out which Clubs you’re interested in joining
  • The policies that different Clubs have
  • Scanning through Club postings
  • Notification of new postings to your Club

There are a large number of Clubs available to join within Ecademy. They cover a wide range of interests, and there are surely at least a few which will be of particular interest to yourself.

It has to be said that some Clubs are much more popular than others, with many more members. Also some clubs have particularly active members, regularly making contributions, while others are virtually moribund by comparison.

The primary aim of the Clubs is the exchange of interesting and valuable information. You can ask questions of the group in general, and hopefully make your own contributions. Also it can be satisfying feeling part of a like-minded group with a shared interest.

To see the number and range of Clubs available for you to join, click on Clubs in the top bar on any Ecademy page. You will be shown a list of My Clubs: if you are yet to join a Club, then obviously none will be listed here.

Look in the Clubs box on the left-hand side of the screen. Click on All Clubs, and you will see that there is an extensive list to work through and select from. In October 2005 there were more than 1,800 listed.

Ecademy: Focus on specific areas of Interest

The listing itself holds relevant information. Next to the Name of the Club you’ll also see columns headed with M, A and $ symbols. If there is a plus sign in the M column, this indicates you are already a member of that Club. An E symbol in the A column indicates that the Club is a regional club formally approved by Ecademy. The $ symbol against any Club name indicates that the club is specifically intended for business purposes.

The other columns indicate the Leader of the Club (along with that particular person’s Ecademy membership status); the Number of members; the number of Messages that have been posted to that Club; the time or date of the last Message; and the date the Club was created. If you want the Clubs listed in alphabetical order, click on the Name label at the top of the listing. Similarly you can alter the order of the listing by clicking on most of the other labels at the top of the columns.

To select a particular Club to join, you can try scanning down the list. If that will be too time-consuming, there are other ways of identifying Clubs of special interest to you. In the Clubs box on the left, try clicking on By Category or By Region: these options will enable you to narrow your search. If you are looking for a Club according to a specific keyword, then click on the Search Clubs option, enter the keyword, press the Search Clubs button, and scan through the new listing.

To join a Club, click on the Name, read the relevant information displayed, and the follow the instructions to join the Club. Note that different Clubs have different policies. For instance, with some you have a great deal of freedom to contribute in whatever way you feel appropriate. Other clubs however follow a strictly no-business policy, discouraging direct marketing, and you should respect the restrictions laid down by the Leader of the Club.

After you have joined one or more Clubs, you will no doubt be interested to learn how you can go further to read the Messages posted to the Club, and to make contributions yourself. We will be dealing with these topics tomorrow.