Connecting

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.

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5 Responses to Connecting

  1. Ibrahim Oyekanmi says:

    Hi Chris,
    Its great seeing your footprint all around,
    I hope we have an interesting collaboration on the workshop.
    Online Workshops are fun and with the connection link to fellow participants, i am sure we’d get along smoothly.
    I’d be posting my introduction later tonight or tomorrow.
    Kind Regards,
    Ibrahim

  2. Clarissa says:

    Hi Chris,

    Wonderful initiative 🙂 Thanks for feedback too.

    Quick bitly Q, are you saying you can choose the mini link?

    I use bitly and appreciate the brevity – but am aware it’s “random looking” and may pose a barrier to people unaware of URL shortening (eg for Twitter) who are suspect of deviant links! I feel like a goose to have been using bitly and not noticed that setting/ option?

    While I’m at it, why not another quick Q! Linked In; value or just another thing to sign up for?

    I signed up finally after deleting requests for a few years, but haven’t pursued it because I’m still not convinced it’d add anything. Interested in others experiences?

    Thanks again Chris for mini link which will help explain “what are you doing?”

    Clarissa

    • Chris Woodhouse says:

      Hi Clarissa,
      You have to sign up for a bit.ly account to create a customised link. Once you’re signed in, if you then create a short link (I have a shortcut on my browser shortcut/favourites bar that does it), you get a button labelled something like “customize”. If it doesn’t seem to work for you, let me know and I’ll take some scree shots and email them.

      As far as LinkedIn is concerned, I’m starting to use it to market workshops I run jointly with a business partner – and I think in some ways it makes sense to have as many ways of connecting as possible these days.

      Cheers,
      Chris

  3. Hi Chris, great to have you on board. I have had you in mind when I have time-tabled live events, but I know some won’t be in your time zone. We will record everything we do so you can listen in your own time. But if there is anything that really appeals to you that you’d like us to re-schedule, let me know – I cannot promise that I’ll be able to do so, but I’ll try. Sarah

    • Chris Woodhouse says:

      Hi Sarah,
      Thanks for the rescheduling offer – much appreciated. I suspect that I’ll be able to get to most, especially where you schedule them twice, like this week’s.
      See you Thu (for me) / Fri (for you).
      Cheers,
      Chris

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