Sure, the IBM trend at Lotusphere 2012 this year is about the magic social business. But this has nothing to do with that I am talking about social interaction with people.
With about 6,000 people hitting the conference in a couple days, I am amazed each year by the number of comments about how someone hardly 'met' anyone or could not find and interact with a blogger, speaker or just forum friend. You have to take the initiative in many instances and step outside your normal cube dwelling.
All the speakers pictures can be found in the amazing Lotusphere Sessions database, with links to their public social profiles. Send a note, DM or IM asking to have lunch, grab a coffee or even just say hi. Most will quickly set a time and place that works for you both. The rest will give you a list of times they will be planted somewhere at the conference.
Do not be afraid to walk up and just introduce yourself. Sure they always look busy and deeply involved. Doubtful, as they are there enjoying the conference as much as you. If they are in the middle of something see the above.
Make friends at the lunch table. I site year in and out trying to talk to people at the lunch tables. Amazingly about 50% really do not want to talk or interact. This is the time to find those with similar interests or even awesome ideas. You would be shocked at who you are sitting next to many times. I have been.
Make sure you get out at night. I know being at a large event alone is tough. I still find myself in that scenario at some newer ones. Make friends. Heck even pretend you know them and sit down if invited. Within a short time you get the feel of who is around and can decide to move on or hang out longer. Remember there are thousands more.
Lastly, watch the social streams to see where everyone is. Twitter, Foursquare and even some of the Facebook and LinkedIn networks will list parties and gatherings you are unaware of.
Don't go home whining that geeks are very unsocial. You were part of it while here.
Connectria ranked top 2012 cloud provider ahead of Rackspace, Google and Amazon
Tue, May 21st 2013 8:14a Chris Miller Connectria is happy to announce we were ranked the number one cloud provider in response time and availability aggregated for 2012 by CloudSleuth.net ahead of Rackspace, Google and Amazon. From Sys-Con: Connectria Hosting, a global managed and cloud hosting provider with cloud data centers in St. Louis, Philadelphia and Dallas, has been recognized as the 2012 Top U.S. Cloud Provider as reported by ReadWrite.com. Connectria’s Cloud received the highest overall ranking when measured by av [read] Keywords: lotus
Fellowes I-Spire Series Tablet Lift (9311301) review
Mon, May 20th 2013 11:03a Chris Miller The Fellowes I-Spire Series Tablet Lift (model 9311301) is a one piece stand for your tablets, phones and other devices that do not exceed 1/2" thick. It will support the iPad, Samsung Galaxy, Kindle and more in both landscape and portrait modes. I found it handy for setting the iPad almost level with my monitor to provide another screen, as shown in the video. It was stable and did not have the bounce I expected when first opening the box and seeing the Fellowes I-Spire Series Tablet Lift. [read] Keywords:
Copy.com offers 15GB free cloud storage to new accounts - link inside
Thu, May 16th 2013 12:06p Chris Miller I have been using Copy.com as an alternative to Dropbox for splitting work and personal storage. Right now Copy.com is offering 15GB free cloud storage for new accounts. The performance of the service on Copy.com has been great. Upload speeds have been quick and folder management easy. I am waiting on their mobile apps to be released to make it even better. All the sites offer different upgrades and enhancements like password protection of files, expiring shared links, and more. So why d [read] Keywords: mobile
IamLUG 2013 Keynote replay now available
Tue, May 14th 2013 10:03a Chris Miller The IamLUG 2013 keynote with Louis Richardson of IBM and Kirk Bowman of Zipline is now available for replay on YouTube. Louis is an excellent storyteller and social whisperer that draws you in covering creative ideas. Kirk follows with making good social choices. This is an excellent keynote for technical and managers alike. Subscribe to all of the Spiked Studio / IdoNotes shows on YouTube. You can also subscribe to the keynote playlist and catch up on may user group keynote events. [read] Keywords: ibm
IBM.com Connections servers gets it first spammer
Sat, May 4th 2013 11:19p Chris Miller A large number of us received some spam notices from the IBM.com Connections server this past week. I was surprised to see this enter my stream and send my email notifications from the main IBM Connections environment: naomi bashir posted a message to you: naomi bashir Hello dear new friend, My name is Naomi Bashir a good looking girl.I have a special reason of contacting you which i will make known to you, Please write to my email address box: (email@example.com)so that I will tell you [read] Keywords: connections
IamLUG 2013 streaming keynote and more slots opened to register!
Thu, May 2nd 2013 1:45p Chris Miller IamLUG 2013 will be live streaming the keynote on the IamLUG channel on uStream. There are also new slots open to attend! Link to the live streaming blog post Link to the IamLUG uStream channel Additional slots have opened for IamLUG due to some late sponsor additions and a couple cancellations. If you have been debating coming to IamLUG 2013, for some strange reason, then grab one of the spots now. Two days of free event followed by TackItOn (optional) deep tech training from Teamstudio [read] Keywords:
Energizer LED Pop Up 360 Area Lantern with Light Fusion Technology review
Wed, Apr 24th 2013 10:18a Chris Miller The Energizer LED Pop Up 360 Area Lantern with Light Fusion Technology was bright with 150 lumens and was a very weak area light when on the lowest dimmable lamp setting. In mixed usage I got under 100 hours on a single set of 4 AA batteries. With the rubber case it is supposedly water resistant. I was a bit wary to test that but I can see where they put the rubber seal around the bottom near the batteries for added protection. With the rest being plastic, there is not much to damage. The ru [read] Keywords: