Social Web Experiment

The eduPERT Knowledge Base has grown to be a useful resource for practitioners who want to improve performance of networks and networked applications. But it needs more contributions from experts to remain useful - the field is changing at a dramatic pace right now.

So I always look for ways to attract new users. Of course we primarily want this information to be helpful to them, but there's also the hope that at least some of them create an account and contribute to the Knowledge Base. There's already a healthy influx of new users from search engines, and that's good. But this hasn't generated a healthy influx of new contributors yet. There are many reasons for that.

Social web techniques allow users to share information with others. One example are buttons where one can "like" specific Web pages. I have added such a mechanism in the form of Google's "+1" button. The idea is to provide an easy way for users to start "bonding" with the eduPERT KB, and to spread awareness of it through users' social circles. Maybe this will eventually attract active participants. Maybe not, but then it probably won't hurt much either. Unless of course people are put off by such buttons because they are afraid of privacy intrusions, or they don't like the eduPERT KB being associated with these (commercial) sites.

I'm interested in any opinions on this effort, positive, negative, or neutral. Please comment right here! I'm particularly interested in which other sharing options you'd find useful.

And of course, if you know topics in the eduPERT KB that deserve to be promoted, "+1" them!

-- SimonLeinen - 02 Jul 2011

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