Networking

I can say that my life has been less and less exciting since I graduated. It is not that I have had nothing going on, but nothing that really stands out as something worthy of writing. But, one thing that I have been putting off, not without thought though, is networking. Stephanie and I are curious on how we all stay in touch after graduation. We have built quite the community over the past year and a half and it would be a shame to see it all vanish.

So, Ryan, what did you have in mind?

Honestly, I really don’t know. I mean, I like blogs, but I know that some people don’t like blogging. I also kept tossing around the idea of a hosted site that could be used for the 4th cohort to stay in contact. It could aggregate blog, flickr, whatever, feeds of information and present it. I think that would be pretty cool. It could also store contact information and whatnot, really whatever we wanted. But, I am only one of many in this and I’m curious if people are interested in such a thing. I think that it would be cool to have, even more so after we all start to move apart in physical locations.

What I’m looking for is some sort of constructive feedback on what people would like to see, or if they would like to see nothing done at all. But, if you have something to offer to the plate, let me know! I want to know what you would use such a site for. Would it be like other networking packages out there? Do we just use one of those that are already made? Or do we make something more customized? Any constructive thoughts that you have would be a great help!

10 thoughts on “Networking”

  1. I completely agree that we should at least do something. Should we just use a package already out there? Probably not given our chosen profession.

    I kind of like the idea of a site that aggregates a bunch of the content we already put out there. Maybe include forums? I’m not sure what all else people would be interested in.

    Personally I think half the fun would be just helping to build it.

  2. Um, I’m thinking a combo deal. Actually I think of this thing quite a bit. In my head it has
    a section that aggregates our blog feeds (for those who blog), a photo pool organized by event for the times we hang out (with corresponding blog entries for each event! Keep all the related info together! That’d be so sweet!), a list of upcoming events, a profile section for the crew (it can say name, current job, updated contact info, what’s new en tu vida–just if you wanted to read a rundown on what everyone in the cohort was doing, I mean it’s easy now but down the road…). I hadn’t really thought of forums, but I had imagined a section where people share handy links of interest. Most importantly–a big box in the top that says new invites to stuff (big and small) like “Yo – Irish Emigrant @ 7 Tonight” or “Manah Manah! Big Camping Trip on Sept 23rd!”–that people can check whenever (or RSS subscribe) to see if anything’s going down, maybe even RSVP eVite style. (Somone was telling me that’d be a cool Konfabulator widget–INFO outing awareness widget, hehe.) Yeah, that’s what I’ve imagined in my head. Sorry for the length. As you can tell, I’ve been daydreamed about this. ;P

  3. For the sake of getting something up quickly (and not spending months in develpment and debugging), it would probably be a bit more efficient to use an existing packge, but modding it to fit our own needs. I know that we could build our own tools for this, but, given our expected workload and the fact that it is not something that we have to do, how long would it really take to deploy?

    Maybe we could solicit volunteers to help pay for the hosting of the site? Maybe a revolving board of personel who are responsible for making sure that the domain is hosted and maintained every year? Personally, I think that something like this deserves its own domain, and should not be under any one person’s site.

  4. I like the idea. I think we need to do a needs assessment and start on the design phase. I bet we can build it in 10 weeks… oh damn. :-P

    Seriously though, I think this is a good idea. I like a place where not only it aggregates, but is also a place where people can post directly for the INFO-friends just to see (vs on your blog for the world). We can add in calendar features for events, contact information to keep everyone up to date on latest numbers, etc! OOoh how fun!

  5. CA – I will purchase a domain and I have one more hosted domain on my account here, so I can host the site here for free.

    As for developing something versus creating it ourselves… I like the fact of creating something, but I’m sure I’ll be busy and lazy like everyone else. So, I know it will be difficult to do. Personally, I prefer to building as opposed to building on top of something. But, again, this is all just brainstorming.

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