I've been thinking a lot lately about the best way to go about networking groups of people who share common interests or experiences, whether it's conference attendees, trip alumni, organization members, or whomever. Which is why I showed up at this Online Social Networks panel. I was hoping for some new ideas on how to establish better online linkages and communication channels between the spokes and individuals of an organization.
So I asked the panelists how they'd advise or approach networking a group like Net2 participants. Dimitri responded by suggesting that my question was missing the point because we're already networked through existing social web tools like tagging which enable us to find any content related to Net2. And Ginger added that it's not about the tools, it's about the community.
Hi, this is Ginny live-blogging from Social Networking Systems at the NetSquared conference. Where do we start with the hot topic of social networks in one hour?
Like a lot of the sessions today, this was a chance to throw out some ideas, answer some questions and pose thoughts for next steps on how to use social networks to make change.
The best point made in the session is that to understand any community - whether an online social network or an offline grassroots group - we have to listen to our audience and appreciate the unique culture that any community has. Since only a small part of our community is sitting in this room, consider these points below as open questions for your answers and ideas.
Technology conferences -- tend to be 10% women, If you aren't present at the conversation, aren't there in building the architecture. Example, gender isn't part of the whole online identity discussion. Social Networking
Catherine Geanuracos, MomsRising
Experience around online organizing and politics. Women are better at dialog, actually talking to each other, not at each other. MainstreamMoms. What would it mean to have women drive social networking portion of organizing tools, allow for lateral and bottoms up communication.
Christine: Count things. Were there women there? Most tech conference, women presence tends to be about 10%. What are the things are you allowed to do? Social networking has to do with navel gazing. A lot of social networking with no point. There has to be an outcome. Being presence in the dialogs and informs the dialogs.
Catherine Geanuracos: How to leverage the new tools? Every six months a new tool that is the answer. Need to create space with outcomes. Women can engage in dialogue versus talking to each other. More opportunities for lateral communication and networking. Create structures in using the tools -- we have jumped in the pool with drupal. Ways to push the tools forward and have women drive the development they function well for women. One component is to link women's organizations from the different part of social change movement that don't usually talk to one another. Connect organizations as well as individuals. Networking tools that perpetuate a limited structure.