My school is one of a couple hundred which uses the OrgSync service for managing student organizations. I would like to take a few moments to SCREAM.

First of all, there is an assumption that students join organizations so that they can show potential employers how involved they were. At a "training" for how to use OrgSync, the presenter essentially said that the main reason the University chose to use OrgSync was so they could more easily create "Experience transcripts."

There is an assumption that some potential employer might care that I was a member of Gamma Gamma Gamma. Even if the employer does care, they should not, and the University should not perpetuate this idea that a Gamma Gamma Gamma is better than a Kappa Kappa Kappa.

Other than the philosophy, OrgSync is a mess. They're trying to overtake Facebook, but from a position of real weakness. OrgSync is based around groups and events, and not people. But they've regenerated their user interface to make it nice and fluffy like Facebook.

Indeed, the theoretical usefulness of OrgSync is to be able to see all of your organizations and their events at a glance. But the Facebook-style interface impedes this. OrgSync Home. This is a screenshot of my OrgSync homepage. Notice a distinct lack of events. If you want a listing of events, you might want a calendar. OrgSync has that. By default, it shows you events taking place in the current month for organizations of which you are a member.

Let's say I want a listing, instead of a calendar (the calendar may be limiting in some cases). So I choose the home page for the IEEE, an organization of which I am a member.OrgSync Organization Page Oh, there's nothing on the homepage other than a blurb set by the organization president. Silly. If I want the organization feed, I have to go one click deeper.

Now let's say I want a listing of events that are being put on by one of the most important organizations on campus, the Student Activities Board, of which I am not a member. They may average one significant event every two weeks, and are not known for publicizing things well.

The only way to search organizations is to use the "Add an Organization" tool. So I do that, click on Student Activities Board, and I'm greeted with an access denied message. There is no way to access one organization's listing of events, not even those explicitly shared. There is, however, a "community calendar" view, which is well-hidden and contains too many events to be useful. If I want to find all events happening on a certain day, this is great. But it doesn't help me to find all events put on by some organization.

I'll conclude by admitting that I live in a happy little perfect world. In my happy little perfect world, no one has to police whether holding an event on the lawns outside the School of Business will destroy the grass, and no one has to decide that white is the only appropriate chalk color for sidewalks. Also in my perfect world, if I wrote on my resumé that I was a member of Gamma Gamma Gamma in college, my prospective employer would not ask for confirmation because there is perfect communication, and no need for advertisement, or OrgSync.

And, while I'm sure a better solution exists (WITHOUT the 'ooh we want to be social media too crap'), a solution that is cheaper than OrgSync, I can rest assured that the student congress approved this with proper due diligence, and that my opinion is fully in the minority.