Guest Contributor: A. Harry Williams, Director, Community Enablement

Williams_Harry_HeadshotC-150x150.jpgCommunity Enablement is a confusing name that generates many questions. The general idea is that SHARE is attempting to provide facilities to foster communities, especially online communities. The goal is for SHARE to become the digital resource for the net-generation as it was for the previous generation, to become the “must attend event” online year round. Many different parts of SHARE are working together to bring about this change which brings us into the current generation of technology, and grounds us in the history of SHARE, of being a community.

There have been many enhancements to the SHARE online presence over the past year or two. Some of these include:

Continual improvements to the online conference scheduling tool, including the ability to tweet about a session from the abstract of the online tool. Or if you prefer, add it to your Facebook or LinkedIn page.

  • There is an expanded use of Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook
  • The online discussion forums have been improved
  • A new system for the material from past conferences has been rolled out
  • The home page is a little more up to date and the cascading menus have been improved

And we’re not finished yet. Shortly after we all return from Anaheim, a simpler style for all the pages on the SHARE site will be unveiled that incorporates modern thinking about Web sites.

Not all functions will be solely on the SHARE Web site. SHARE now has a presence on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. You can follow links on SHARE’s home page to each of these systems. SHARE’s Twitter id is “sharehq” and the hash tag for this meeting is #SA11. Even if you don’t currently use these technologies, I encourage you to give them a try. It is a great chance to keep in touch with your friends from SHARE, and we even share some technical tips too!

Expect that in the future you will be able to integrate them with mash-ups of SHARE’s Web content, along with enabling various tagging services such as Digg, Reddit, Delicious and others.

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