We are in the last days of the few holdouts who refuse to
use computers. Many people who scoffed at e-mail now find it the primary method
for communication in both their business and personal lives. Many of those same
people probably did a lot of their Christmas shopping online. And who doesn’t
Google for answers almost daily?
As new technology evolves and we become more comfortable
with it, our methods of communication continue to evolve as well. Six years
ago, when my daughter first went to college, I learned about a website that had
originally been created just for college students to connect with friends and
classmates. Facebook at that time had just opened its parameters to also
include high school students. We all know what happened with this new form of
communication—it grew to include people of all ages and today has hundreds of millions
It seems we all
like to communicate in this non-face-to-face way. It certainly has its
advantages. Whether social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter will have
staying power—or are even actually good things for us socially—remains to be
seen. There is, however, a lesson we can learn from this phenomenon—the
Internet provides a great source of communication, which includes community
Baldwin Park in Orlando and Clearwater Key South Beach IV in
Clearwater can attest to the power of community websites. These two
associations are the 2010 Communities of Excellence winners in the Best Website
and Internet Communication category. Their innovative website content and use
of e-mail alerts to keep residents informed will be beneficial for other
communities as well. A detailed account can be found in our feature article
beginning on page six.
Taking advantage of new technologies to keep residents
informed and connected can save all board members and managers both time and
labor. Plus it may provide the added benefit of a unified, well-informed
One last word about websites, if you are looking for
information about board meetings, elections, vendors, or other information
about community association living and management, visit our website at www.flcaj.com.
We are continually updating it to better and more easily serve our readers.