September 24, 2007
No, not “networking” like a TCP/IP stack. Networking as in “going to social hours at local bars wearing a tie and pretending to be interested in what other people do for a living and then exchanging business cards – then stopping to conversation because you act like you spotted someone that you really need to talk to, or maybe you have to go back to the appetizer table to get some more Swedish meatballs before they’re out; but it was great to meet you and I’m sure that we know plenty of the same people and can do some deals together.” Yeah, that kind of networking.
If we made resolutions on September 23 like we do on New Year’s Day, my September 23 resolution would be to actually use the sites Xing, LinkedIn and Facebook more. My resolution will be to actually update my profiles beyond the 30 seconds I took when making the accounts. Further, I will try to keep them up-to-date and stay active. So, everyone in KDE or OSS or software libre (as I’ve recently been chastised on) – do you have an account? If yes, let’s connect. If not, why not? All of the promo people at minimum should have accounts.
Do these accounts and sites lead to productivity, riches, popularity and utility? Will we be glad we went through the effort? Maybe, maybe not. But we should at least try. The KDE promo team is compiling quite a list of press, media, and community contacts. Let’s make an attempt before dismissing these sites as pointless. Look for “Wade Olson”.