RFID Journal Editor Mark Roberti's Blog
Welcome to the all new RFID Connect
January 26, 2010
A few years ago, RFID Journal launched RFID Connect as a tool to enable attendees of our major events to arrange meetings, choose the sessions they want to attend and have a more productive event. But we believe there is a need for a community portal that can allow RFID Journal's readers to connect with each other throughout the year. So this year, we worked with our partner, EventMingle, to re-launch RFID Connect as a community site that will be available 24 hours per day, 365 days a year.
All registered users of RFID Journal, as well as all registered attendees at our events, will automatically be registered to use RFID Connect, and anyone interested in RFID can join for free.
The first thing we would like to ask everyone to do is double-check all account information. Once you've logged in, you'll see a link at the top of your screen labeled YOUR PROFILE. Please click on that link and complete your profile. You'll then see that all of the latest social media tools are now supported, so if you have a LinkedIn or Twitter page you would like us to promote, simply update that information in the business card section.
If you're an RFID vendor or past exhibitor, we have also loaded in your company information, and have provided you with a free listing in the Vendor section. All vendors should have a VENDOR INFO link at the top of the page, which they can click on to allow them to update their listing on RFID Connect.
Since we have loaded and consolidated data from various sources, we need your help to ensure your information is up-to-date. We plan to remove any personal profiles and vendor listings that are not updated, so to ensure that your information is not accidentally deleted, please log in, view your listing and click the [SAVE] button.
If you're a vendor and require assistance updating staff listings and other information, please click on the CONTACT US link at the bottom of the page to reach the EventMingle staff.
With everyone pitching in, we believe we can create the number-one social-networking community for the RFID industry.
RFID Journal LIVE! attendees will continue to have access to all of the event-planning tools that made RFID Connect so popular to begin with. If you're still undecided about attending the conference, I invite you to use the Daily Planner feature to add the sessions, exhibitors, products and individuals you would like to meet, and then utilize the Daily Planner print feature as a justification tool to present to your employer.
RFID Connect is a comprehensive application that will take some effort to fully explore. Here are some of my favorite aspects:
Blogs: RFID hardware, software and service providers can post their own blogs on RFID Connect and communicate with the larger RFID community. Our community is starting off with thousands of RFID business and technology leaders, and will continue to grow as our content is indexed by Google, Yahoo! and Bing.
Vendor information: Vendors will have the option of offering RFID Connect users access to product brochures, white papers and other materials, thereby allowing us to help the Go Green initiative. Vendors also have the ability to publish press releases.
Product searches: Vendors will have the option of posting information regarding products and services—those already listed in our online Buyer's Guide> will automatically be added to RFID Connect—and end users will be able to search for the products and services they need.
Forums: Users will be able to post questions or comments on open forums. The forum system supports user-created polls with multiple-choice answers.
Job listings: RFID Journal has an RFID Career Center, but here is another area where job seekers can post a résumé, and where companies looking to hire employees can post want ads.
I believe that RFID Connect will be a valuable adjunct to RFID Journal's news site, because it will be a place where those interested in selling and buying RFID hardware, software and services can engage each other directly. I encourage you to take advantage of this innovative new tool.
Mark Roberti is the founder and editor of RFID Journal. If you would like to comment on this article, click on the link below.
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