BATW members now have these four social networking options:

Social Media Protocol for BATW Members

Please keep in mind that each of our organization’s online sites exists for a specific purpose (see below). For everyone’s maximum enjoyment and productive use, do take care that your submissions are not simply links to articles and other material of yours that may have been posted or published online.

BATW on LinkedIn: a network of professional “connections” where members of a professional group post updates of their bio and their work- and career-related activities, and offer information about professional development, and news relating to the travel writing and photography industries.

BATW on Facebook:  open to public view, a sort of showcase of what’s going on with fellow members and colleagues. Here you can promote yourself, your travels, events, photos, your web site(s) and blog(s) by submitting news and announcements.  To receive BATW posts when you log onto Facebook, click the square “Like” button with the upraised thumb that sits to the right of the words Bay Area Travel Writers at the top of the page. Viola! You’re subscribed to the page!

BATW Forum on Yahoo Groups: a conversation for BATW members only. Topics may be membership and industry issues, news and links about classes, lectures, press trips and the like. Think of the forum as a cocktail party—kibbitz, share info, leads and opportunities; offer your insight and opinions; ask and answer questions; vent your frustrations; let us know what’s happening in your world––no holds barred (except no gossip, politics or religion).  Click the Join This Group! link in the upper-right corner of the page. You will need a Yahoo! Profile which includes an alias to identify yourself within the group. You will also need to supply an email address to receive messages.

Your news and announcements can also be submitted to our Web site editor, Carolyn Koenig ( And, of course, you can also set up your personal LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter sites.

Social Community on Members-Only Section of the BATW Website

MemberClicks, the company which hosts the Members-Only side of the BATW Website, has just added new “Social Community” features.

The Members-Only side of the BATW Website now lets you make “Connections” with BATW members.  Just find that member in the Member Directory listing or go to that member’s Profile, then click on “Add as connection.”

Members who have accepted your invitation to “connect” will show up under “Connections” in the Member Directory, as will the last twenty requests to connect that you sent out, and the requests to connect that you have received from other members which are awaiting your approval.

You can send a message directly to a member by clicking on “Write Message” from that member’s Profile or listing in the Member Directory.  Your “Inbox” will show messages that you have sent or received, and you can click on “Write” under Inbox to send a message to any of your “Connections.”

“Photos under the “My Features” tab lets you upload photos into an album which other members can view when they go to your Profile.

(Look for more information on “Circles” function soon).