MADISON, Wis. (7/16/08)--The CUNA Councils have launched CUNA Councils Connect, a Facebook-like tool that allows council members to find information, advice and solutions about credit unions through connections with more than 4,600 credit union professionals.
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“CUNA Councils Connect has taken off faster than any of us anticipated,” said Christopher Morris, Councils Web manager. The free site is “like a list serve, bulletin board, membership directory, guide to consultants and vendor reference all rolled up and turbocharged,” said Joe Brancucci, Council forum chair and executive vice president of BECU, Seattle. Features include:
* A directory with extensive member profile information including: contact information, asset size, number branches and employees, more than 130 areas of expertise, and 32 broad categories of industry suppliers; * A unique “people map,” which allows members to find others visually; * Online discussion forums, where members can or start their own unique group around a focused and targeted issue; * Real-time chat functionality between members; and * Blogs.
“CUNA Councils Connect allows me to reach out and identify peers with very specific characteristics--such as members in California of a certain asset range who have experience in product development and evaluation,” said Anne Legg, chair of the CUNA Marketing and Business Development Council and vice president of marketing, Cabrillo CU, San Diego. “It’s extremely powerful and it’s a huge time saver. We can have an online dialogue and compare notes.” About 1% of associations use Web 2.0 tools, according to Associations Now
Magazine. “Web 2.0 and social networking technology is about bringing people together and making connections,” said David Rohn, vice president of CUNA Councils. “CUNA Councils Connect allows credit union professionals to collaborate and network across a broad network, but in very focused ways. The result is a resource that offers executives assistance with day-to-day issues and provides support for long term successes.” For more information, use the link.