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General Assembly 2016 review

written by amnesiac84 - 2016/11/15 18:18

This year’s General Assembly was held in Venice, Italy. Seven members of BeVolunteer were physically present, one BeWelcome member. Several BeVolunteer members followed the discussions online.

There was a very constructive atmosphere which made it possible to talk and decide about a lot of topics:

  • We had to say goodbye to some older and inactive members. We did this in an official way, so that later this year we could change our Statutes accordingly. Approximately 10 other members will receive the status ‘Honorary member’
  • Google Adwords: the program was accepted by the members, which means BeWelcome joins the Google for non-profit and use their advertisement program, which doesn’t cost our organization anything extra. There will also never be shown any advertisements on BeWelcome.
  • All new profiles on BeWelcome remain private; there’s no possibility to make private profiles public (and indexed by search engines).

In the coming months, BeWelcome will celebrate its 10th birthday! The GA already made some plans and agreed that the best way to celebrate this is to have several birthday parties around the globe! If you want to organize a celebration, let us know. Maybe we can help you with your event(s).

Finally, a new Board of Directors was chosen. You can soon read more about this in the community news.

EDIT: The Google program is for us to advertise in the Google search results, not to show ads on BeWelcome or even run Google-code here.



written by SOBIE - 2 years ago (i)
I fail to understand the google adwords information above. It says BW has joined Google Adwords, but that no advertisements will be does that work ? Why join this program in the first place ? I thought BW was going to become google-free in the next update ....

Data collection by the backdoor?

written by Britman - 2 years ago (i)
I also fail to understand why BW should wish to be associated with the most aggressive & invasive data collecting commercial organisation on the internet.

In my experience there's no such thing as a free lunch, so it seems clear to me that one way or another, Google will benefit, to quote from Wikipedia "AdWords has evolved into Google's main source of revenue, contributing to Google's total advertising revenues of USD $43.7 billion in 2012" which is likely to be far more in 2016!

It strikes me BW may potentially be jeopardising members data for the sake of what is a paltry sum of money for Google compared to what it could do with information collected from BW one way or another... Call me paranoid but I've no wish to have Google collect my data from BW, so this leaves me little choice but to drastically reduce the amount of information on my profile, & maybe to consider leaving BW altogether unless BW can guarantee members their data will not be jeopardised in any way whatsoever by the decision to join Google Adwords.

written by SOBIE - 2 years ago (i)
to follow up on this : There is no way in my opinion to get a revenue from adwords without publishing advertising, which "will never happen" as it is stated above. What the reason for joining would be then remains a mystery. Must be a typo of some sort, after hours of tedious negotiating, someone forget to add a 'not' to the report..."NOT".
Also I assumed that if BW would take a decision of this size, there would some discussion previous to that, but when I search "adwords" in the forums I get this result : "No forum posts match the search word please. "
Typo !! ...

written by amnesiac84 - 2 years ago (i)
There's a difference in Adsense and Adwords.

Adsense is advertising on your website to get revenue. Google loves this, because it can better index user behaviour. If BeWelcome starts doing that, I would end my membership.

Adwords however (what we voted for), is the ability for BeWelcome to advertise in the Google Search results. So if anyone is searching for 'Hosting travellers', they might be shown an advertisement for BeWelcome. This way, we could also look for potential hosts in areas that are underrepresented in our member base and therefore increase chances of finding a host the areas your searching for.

written by SOBIE - 2 years ago (i)
I see.. It's confusing ;)


written by whymandesign - 2 years ago (i)
Sounds exciting. Can we help your team create sustainable income and gain users so the network can help many more people?

written by ana_behibak - 2 years ago (i)
mmm Interesting that either way, and under whichever the conditions are, still BW agrees to cooperate with Google... an interesting turn of events ;))

written by beatnick - 2 years ago (i)
If i understand correctly, Google gives us what we want, but we don't give anything to them?
I don't know why Google helps us this way, but i trust BeVolunteer knows.

written by girandoliere - 2 years ago (i)
@beatnick: yes. Google ( maybe for "media" apparence) has a couple of program for non profit. The GA decided to join a part of one program ( so the chance to spread the voice about BW).

Its for non-profits

written by subaculture - 2 years ago (i)
Its Adwords for Nonprofits, used by non-profits like Barnardos, RNLI, Special Olympics, KIVA to promote their missions and initiatives on Google. Hopefully, it get more people to join BW . Well done all!.

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