Getting Involved — Online Technology Communities
Social media is becoming increasingly pervasive in the industry of technology, however online forum based communities have been around for years, providing a way for professionals with similar interest to build relationships and community.
Asigra recently launched a vendor agnostic community for data backup and storage professionals, aptly titled BackupHeroes.com, as a means to create a space where members could have strategic and tactical conversations as it relates to backup and recovery.
In general terms, a community, whether offline or on, is comprised of individuals that share similar interests. Its members have the ability to interact by sharing information, asking and answering questions, as well as meeting a diverse group of people with fresh perspectives and differing opinions. What’s great about an online community is the ability to do all this regardless of geography and time zone, bringing people together that may not have otherwise met or interacted, in one online central location.
There are a couple reasons you may want to get involved in an online community, including just for fun, personal development, status and recognition or to simply be a part of something with other people who share a common interest.
Online communities, should you choose the right one, can provide a wealth of useful information. A thriving community, with varying types of members, will give you access to new information on a consistent basis. In addition, you’ll most likely have access to subject experts and peers who can answer your questions and give you advice on how to solve problems.
Here’s the bonus with online communities, it’s free to participate. The only thing that it will cost you is time and in my opinion, it is time well spent. You get to meet new people, get their opinions and advice, sometimes professional advice and it won’t cost you a dime. And if you really want to go for the gusto; you can create your own online community using a myriad of the free tools out there.
There are many great resources for anyone wanting to learn more about online communities. The 12 Principles of Online Communities by Cynthia Typaldos is a great place to start and you can access the documents here.
If you’re interested in becoming a member of the BackupHeroes.com community, you’re just in time to help us determine who the Top 50 Backup Professionals are in the industry today. Who do you consider to be a thought leader in the industry that is constantly pushing the evolution of the Backup and Storage Industry?The conversation has already started, so have your say!
By Samantha Morris, digital marketing manager at Asigra, a cloud backup software provider that works closely with MSPs and VARs. Monthly guest blogs such as this one are part of Talkin’ Cloud’s annual sponsorship.