Week 1 of the course starts on Monday, with the first meeting scheduled Thu 10th – at least here in the UK. I can’t make the first meeting (07:00 UK, 20:00 NZ) but I’m all set for the second (23:00 Thu 10/3 UK, 12:00 Fri 11/3 NZ) and looking forward to getting started. I’m hoping to be a bit more systematic about establishing and keeping in touch with the other participants this time, so this afternoon I’m working my way through the list of participants, checking out their blogs and requesting connections through all the ways they have listed in their entries. I’ve already had a couple of visits to my blog, so thanks to everyone for that. I’ve also ticked the “Watch this page” box when I edited the participants page (to add my LinkedIn details) so hopefully I’ll get notified as new participants join the course.
I use bit.ly a fair bit and I’ve registered for an account – it’s free and it allows you to set up customised bit.ly links, so you don’t have to accept the random strings of characters bit.ly usually offers up when shortening web addresses. I’ve set up a custom link for the home page of the course wiki, seeing as the address is a bit of a mouthful. So if you want to share it with other people, point them to bit.ly/FO2011 – but note that the address is case sensitive. “FO2011” is not the same as “fo2011” for bit.ly.
See you all next week – and hopefully on Twitter, Skype, LinkedIn etc etc as the course progresses.