Participate in DB2 Communities
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There are several communities built around DB2 that many people are participating in. It may not be clear which is the best community to be involved with. We had a discussion with several people at IDUG last week and the discussion went into the pros and cons of forums. I personally do not use forums, but am involved with the other communities listed in this post. Read through and share your thoughts on the topic with me and others.
There are many facebook pages that are managed by IBM and are focused on a particular product. I don’t think there is a danger in following all of these pages since the way facebook works is not all of the pages you follow end up in your newstream. Instead, some are, but most are put into a different section and you must click on “page feeds” from your main FB page to see the postings. Here are a few Facebook pages that you may consider following:
LinkedIN is a very popular business connection website. Besides keeping your career details on the site, you can join a huge number of groups to connect with others on a topic that interests you. One of the things I really like about LinkedIN groups is that they send a digest of the activity that is happening in the groups. This can save a lot of time as it takes only seconds to browse the updates. The other thing I like about LinkedIN is the reach. I know more people who are NOT on Facebook than are NOT on LinkedIn. Some groups you may consider joining:
IDUG, ChannelDB2.com, Google+, and developerWorks all have communities that are used by DB2 professionals.
IDUG.org has discussion groups and forums that are apparently widely used. I don’t use them, but I think very technical people do.
ChannelDB2 has over 5000 members, but I don’t find that the groups get used to the extent that they could.
Google+ is relatively new. We started a group there for a specific project and found that most of the members we wanted to join us didn’t have a google+ account yet. I must say I was impressed by the tools, but it may take more time to catch on.
developerWorks is widely known for technical content such as articles, tutorials, and blogs. It is built on the IBM Connections software which has a rich set of tools for wikis, forums, and profiles. I think there is huge potential for this, but again, the community part of it is relatively new.
How you can contribute
Social media is all about sharing information. You can add content to any of these communities as you see fit. Add a link to some content, make a comment about the content that is posted, say that you like the post, or share across your network. Make your opinion heard!
Is anything missing?
What do you think? Are there other communities where you go to for information? Are you happy with the communities that are available? What would you improve if you could?
I’d love to hear what you think... so drop me a comment!