Bob Leah 270000CN12 firstname.lastname@example.org | | Tags:  developerworks developer video youtube | 0 Comments | 723 Visits
I created a new activity today... an activity where developers can share videos about different development subjects. Like any good community member, I also added videos that the IBM developerWorks advanced design team has created.
The activity has three sections: head tracking, Second Life, and General. But like all community here at IBM.com, this activity embraces sharing, so you can create new topics or add to the ones I have provided!
I have chosen to host the developerWorks advanced design team videos on youtube, where we recently created a channel to group our videos in one place. You can create your own channel, or share your videos with us on our channel.
This is one of the neat things about the social revolution that is happening on the web today. Different sites provide what I would call best of breed services for different types of content. All of your community artifacts no longer need be hosted on a single monolithic website! By leveraging various websites that provide the best service for the artifact type.. one can quickly and efficiently begin sharing .
The key to this approach is a central aggregation point.. a place where you can pull together all of your dispersed artifacts into a nice consolidated view. And where is this place? Hopefully right here at the IBM.com community platform!
Bob Leah 270000CN12 email@example.com | | Tags:  beta developers developerworks | 0 Comments | 1,951 Visits
Today the developerWorks team created the developerWorks BETA community on IBM's freshly launched community platform. It is important to understand that this community will embrace openness... and is intended for our users to share and collaborate with each other.. in the true spirit of web2.0. With that said, we have jump started the developer community with bookmarks, feeds, and forum entries... but this is your community... so please join in!
We have also created a community activity.. a place for us to join and share the experience of building this BETA together. The community is only as good as its membership, so please feel free to express yourself and join us.
One real strength of Lotus Connections... the core application we are building all our communities on, is the ability this platform provides for people to connect both individually and as a group. With this in mind... I would like to stress the importance of tagging what your share with the community. Tagging will allow others to connect both with you and your contributions.
Another key point I would like to share, is the importance of building out your profile. Your profile acts as your electronic persona, and is the central point from which you express who you are, your interests, and a place to share links to other communities you may be a member of. Speaking of your profile... a really nice feature is the ability to find and connect with your colleagues. Try it!
As you discover other members of the community, a good way to collaborate is through a mutual activity. The Activity application allows a structured means to share with others. The more verbose among you may want to start a blog. Both are great ways to connect and share!
Finally.. in order to keep up with your community memberships, activities, blogs, bookmarks, and colleagues, use the homepage application. Home acts as an aggregation of all the applications that make up the community platform, allowing you to navigate to various points quickly, or simply see what is new or changed since the last time you visited.
Share... build... contribute... connect... but most of all.. have fun!
After many weeks of preparation by a small team of highly dedicated people, the IBM.com community officially went "external" today!
First I would like to thank the Lotus team for providing a really super platform with their Lotus Connections application. The amazing thing is we are running an early BETA.. and the quality and features have been awesome! I have really gotten to "know" Connections over the past 6 weeks, a journey that has led to the discovery of many different types of user experiences.
And that is my key takeaway... just how many use cases I can meet with an out of the box Lotus Connections instance... it truly is an extremely flexible social platform. I look forward with anticipation to what the Lotus team delivers next... job well done!
Second, I would like to thank the small team of developers, designers, and engineers that actually delivered this community. The obstacles that this team overcame in such a short period of time has been just incredible. Once again a small agile team, with heart and dedication, overcame all challenges to solidly deliver.
Thank you Lotus and thank you team..!