Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Foundation Web Site Adds Social Network Features

It has been a while since I logged in to the Foundation Web Site to do more than look at the occasional message or new pictures for one of my contacts or groups. However, I went in today and found a *New* feature - at least it is new to me.

You can now add links to your presence on other networks, such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Flickr, Blogger, and so on (yes, even MySpace, though who would admit to having a page there?). I did this for a few of my other networks, now those networks show up as links in my profile so you can see how I present myself in other areas of the web.

How does this make the world a better place? Well, besides the "Gee Whiz" factor, you can see and maybe connect to a SigEp contact who is in another network but that you had not found yet. For instance, if you see that I am also on LinkedIn you can use the email address I show on my profile to request a connection. The more we connect, the more useful all the sites become for sharing information. Not to mention we can reverse global warming and decrease greenhouse gases (Hey, I can dream, can't I!?)

This feature is pretty new. The message just went out today so there are not a whole lot of participants. Yet. But I think it will grow. Things can grow quickly on the web once the word gets out. (The SigEp group on LinkedIn has 175 members in the little over 2 months since it was started.)

Of course you have to be registered on the Education Foundation site to participate. All SigEps can register there, then add as much or as little information as they feel comfortable sharing. I'll look for you there!