Vic Clouston became the 1000th fan of Diabetes UK’s Facebook page this week.
With the average age of Facebook fans somewhere under 30, the untypical Mr Clouston, at 65, highlights the broad appeal of an easily accessible place to share and source information and advice. He said, “Living with diabetes is not always easy and you need as much help as you can get - I’d recommend anyone newly diagnosed to join a group like this.”
Our presence on Facebook has enabled us to reach new audiences and offer people with diabetes, their friends and relatives, the chance to converse online, make new friends, share experiences and arrange social and fundraising events. At the same time we can shout about our own fundraising and awareness raising events, and share news stories or developments in diabetes care.
Now I am not alone
Typical first comments left on the site leave the impression that such a forum has long been sought after:
“I just found this siteI’m really happyI could do with chatting to people with Type 1.”
“I don't really know that many people with Type 1 diabetes so it would be great to get to know some more ”
“To have no-one in my circle of friends or family who has diabetes or who understand or can relate to this battle can be isolating[Now] I am not alone.”
“This milestone figure of 1000 fans and the positive feedback from users shows how important networking sites have become for charities such as ours,” explains Liz Dawson, Diabetes UK Digital Marketing Executive.
“I can only see things improve from here and I'd recommend people with diabetes to take a look and help others by sharing their experiences."
If you haven't already, sign up to Facebook and visit theDiabetes UK Facebook page.