IxDA has several 'platforms' that we provide for the community to gather
upon: Discuss list via email, IxDA.org, the conference, and our
hard-working IxDA Local Groups.
There are then platforms that are not sponsored by IxDA but obviously
provide a great place for the community to share, such as your individual
blogs, JohnnyHolland.org, Twitter, Flickr, Slideshow.com, vimeo.com or
Facebook to name a few. The point is that there is so much good content and
discussion out there, and there is no way we can ever capture all of this
great knowledge in one place (ideally we could get you there, but that's for
another entry), and each source is serving a potentially different audience,
or tapping into a preference of engagement.
With that in mind, we see an opportunity and want to try out an experiment.
We currently have 9,985 people affiliated with the IxDA group on LinkedIn.
While there is no way of knowing how many of those folks are actually
subscribed to the Discuss list, we do think there is a substantial amount
whose affiliation and involvement ends there. We are opening up the IxDA
LinkedIn group to conversation in order to broaden the possibility of
involvement, in both allowing the community to share knowledge with a
broader audience, as well as move forward our goal to create more awareness
of IxD. We are also in turn able to message the group directly on occasion
and raise awareness of the org and the initiatives that are taking place
beyond the platforms. Beneficial on many fronts.