I've been a social networker for many years. I was one of the first to jump on Linkedin when it was released in 2003. I was an early Twitter adopter. I was a little later to the game on Facebook. I use aggregation tools like Ping.FM. I've signed up for Klout - which is interesting, but that is for another article. I have over 20K photos on Flickr. I actively use YouTube - even more so since they pretty much removed length and size limits on video uploads. I dabble on a mess of other such site. So, when Google+ released, I was an early adopter.
About a decade ago my job search had me using my personal network and paper job lists. I found a job in Denver with the Western States Arts Federation through the ArtJob newsletter that later transitioned into the ArtJob website. The days of circling things in the classified ads and mailing resumes are long gone.
I applied for a tech position there and then emailed my network to find out if anybody knew the Executive Director there. It just so happened that my friend Peggy Baggett - who I had done work with through the Virginia Travel and Tourism Institute - at the Virginia Arts Council had a personal connection. I think that that personal connection gave me the edge.
That was a world with no Facebook, Linkedin, or Twitter. Text messaging wasn't common and SMS had just started taking off.
The camp occurred a week ago. I was making arrangements for bagels in the morning and mapping out the best way for me to get from Westminster to the Camp at Denver Open Media. I was thinking, for a Camp, things seemed pretty well organized. At pingVision we had had several meetings about food. Both Al and I had gone to different Costcos to see about enormous coffee urns and finding none reverted to large cardboard containers enjoyed by all, but not by anyone more than Greggles, who chose to "wheeze the juice". The t-shirts proved awesome--I love mine--and we got some pretty nifty stickers as well.
So, what went well?