January 26, 2018 | Nicole Ouellette | Leave a comment Social media is a great way to join a community. Like most small towns, MDI has some active Facebook pages related to different aspects of the community. Here are a few you might want to join: Events On MDI Every business or non-profit that does anything pretty much posts it here (often several times). It’s a good group for a quick skim about what’s going on. Watch out for: The lack of chronological order of events Try: Clicking “Interested” to add events to your personal Facebook event list, even if you’re not sure you can make it (see lack of chronological order above- you may never see it again in your feed). Bar Harbor Barter And Swap This is the local “hard to get into” Facebook group. Well monitored, it is a mixture of stuff for sale, community news, and jokes. Note: if you request entry and have to wait a few months, know we have no control over this. Watch out for: People asking about road/traffic conditions repeatedly, people ghosting after expressing interest that they want to buy something. Try: If you’re selling something, linking to a similar product online (at full price) so people can see full specs and that they are getting a deal (More tips on this blog post) MDI Rental Resource If you are looking for housing or have a rental, this is the page for you. People both offering and looking for housing post to this page year round. Watch out for: People who want an in town rental for the summer for $500/month (ie unrealistic expectations). Try: Giving a price and/or geographic range if you are looking for something between May and October (ie communicating you can be flexible) Bar Harbor Employment Hub Whether you are a 14 year old looking for babysitting jobs or a 100 employee company looking for a few new employees, you can post on this page. Watch out for: People who say they want jobs but aren’t responsive to peoples’ comments on their post Try: Adding photos and specifics to your post if you aren’t going to link to a website with more information (to save from people having to ask questions) I Love Bar Harbor Maine Managed by Jane Holland and Tony Palumbo, this page is where people post photos (limited photos/posts so people only post their best) or ask for recommendations as they plan a vacation or visit. Well monitored with a no drama/politics policy. Watch out for: People wanting you to plan their vacation for them, gratis. Try: Posting a great picture you’ve taken, even if it was from months or years ago. More useful Facebook groups in a future post but for now, those are a few great places to start connecting to locals and visitors alike. Happy networking!