Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Social and mobile

With just a few days left until the conference begins, organizer Joe Welinske is offering some new services to provide information to attendees and to help people connect. Click the Community tab on the conference home page to see what I mean.

You can see lists of attendees and speakers, you can have online conversations, you can set up your session schedule and more. But one of the most interesting features is one that's very undocumented.

A small On The Go section asks you to enter your mobile phone number and identify your carrier, with no information explaining what for or what the information would be used for. I was skeptical--I'm protective of information such as that--but Joe encouraged me to try it out.

Turns out when you sign up by entering your phone number, you get a text message with a URL, and at that URL is a mobile website of the community site that you can use with your smartphone. Click on that URL and your taken to the site and signed in.

Definitely worth trying.

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