I’ve been dropping cruel/teasing hints about my new job for a couple of weeks now, and the lack of posts on the matter hasn’t been part of any master plan to milk you for attention, or draw it out – it just haven’t found myself with the time and energy to write a post that matches my level of excitement about it. But I’m going to try now.
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Starting tomorrow, I work for Intel Software Network (intel.com/software), a community for developers using pretty much anything Intel related. There are blogs by Intel software folks, very active technical forums, a wiki, downloadable tools to help your apps rock harder, and even videos with application engineers and community managers, and more. There are some more defined communities that are focused on, like mobility and gaming, but the basic idea is that we want this to be your go to place for anything related to software development and Intel.
My role is “social media evangelist”, which means that I’m basically going to try to help build the blogs, wiki, forums, and video and other media that’s available on the site, as well as exploring some new areas related to social media. I’ve already gotten to know lots of the ISN folks over the last year or so, and it really is an awesome team, and I’m lucky to be working with them. I can’t wait to dig in and get going full steam.
Of all the “social media” efforts that Intel (and I’ve kind of become the unofficial epicenter of most of them, in some way or another), ISN is definitely the furthest along, and most willing to take risks on new, unproven things. They had the first external blogs on intel.com, they had the first external wiki, and they’re doing the first “Channel 9-style” videos. That’s a big reason that I was drawn to ISN, and ultimately decided to go work with them.
There are some changes that are coming quickly (like moving the blogs to a different backend environment), that were in motion well before I came along, and I have a ton of really cool ideas that I want to try out. My new boss, Bill Pearson (link goes to his blog), is very supportive of trying out new ideas, and he “gets it” in a Cluetrain sense. So I hope to make some really remarkable things happen for ISN this year.
Tomorrow is my first day, and my week is already booked almost solid with meetings, but I’m still going to try to get some stuff done. And I have a favor to ask, if you’re reading this. Especially if you’re a software developer or anything related. Head on over to intel.com/software, have a look around if you’re not already familiar, and tell me what you’d change if you were in my shoes. I want to hear what you guys think, since it’s ultimately your site. No guarantees that I’ll be able to change anything, but I will definitely try. Post a comment or email me directly if you’ve got any ideas. Thanks!