I previously sent this to you on July 6 and not much response but from the few that did, it sounds like you are happy with the current Technet interface (although you would like e-mail addresses taken out of the FROM line). Just wanted to give you one last chance to let me know your thoughts before our internal team meets at the end of July.
From: Kim Sterling
Sent: Monday, July 06, 2009 12:01 PM
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Subject: New interface for Technet - your comments?
One of the comments I received asked if participants could post profiles and pictures of themselves. Unfortunately, this is not feasible on the software we are currently using. However, we have been experimenting with Groupsites and would like to offer this functionality to our Technet participants. Of course, the drawback would be that everyone would have to move to a new platform. However, Groupsites offers personal profiles including biographies and photos, easy searching, file posting and photograph posting, plus the opportunity for better group communications. Consider it like a LinkedIn or Facebook, specifically set up for you for free. Posts can be sent to you in digest form or in real time.
Here are some example sites for you to look at (I've linked directly to the discussion pages so it's not too overwhelming):
One of my concerns is whether companies are allowing access to sites like this. I'd especially like any comments on people who can't click through these links. The site would be set up by IPC and would be accessed through our site, although you would have to create a free user account on Groupsites to participate.
I know there was discussion about attracting people from other countries to Technet. I don't know what this would do specifically but a more up-to-date interface offering more functionality would certainly attract more participants, especially among younger people entering the field.
Your comments on this idea are extremely welcome, either here on Technet, to me personally or through a very tiny survey I set up at:
If we do proceed, we would like to have some volunteers comment on the set up of the new site and to test it out. You can volunteer through the survey or to me directly.
Thanks so much for your feedback. And, please note - this is not a "done deal" - if the group hates this idea, we won't do it without your approval.
Kimberly Sterling, CAE
Vice President, Marketing and Communications
IPC - Association Connecting Electronics Industries
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