We have establish our very own status.net social network site. This is both an example of what labor unions and social movement organizations can do with free and open source software. The software used here is the same software that powers identi.ca. In the future we will test out plugins and other features. If you are interested in an account please contact us it is currently invite only to control spam.
I like to keep an eye on academic work on cyberunionism. There’s not a lot of it about, probably because trade union use of new technology is still fairly minimal. Also, the fast pace of technological change doesn’t fit in well with the academic cycle: it takes time to research, analyse, write, peer review and publish a piece of work, and the fast pace of change means the article can quite possibly be obsolete by the time it is published.
If you’re using Facebook for your organising, you need an exit strategy.
For a lot of unions, online organising starts and ends with Facebook. Many union communicators are fairly uncritical of Facebook, and seem to think it’s important to get people to ‘like’ your union’s Facebook pag