Schedule: Focus on Community sessions

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By Tim O’Reilly & Web 2.0 Expo program chair Sarah Milstein

It’s practically a mantra in business today: “You must engage with your community.” But it’s also clear: “community” does not equal “kumbaya.” Battle-tested veterans share the secrets of successful, and brutally failed, community efforts.

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Location: 2009 Level:
Denise Paolucci (Dreamwidth Studios), Mark Smith (Dreamwidth Studios)
Average rating: ***..
(3.67, 9 ratings)
With an increasing number of Open Source projects demanding attention, it can be hard to attract qualified contributors. Learn how to convert your community of users into a community of developers, through training, mentoring, and community management, from a project that's been hacking its hackers since day one. Read more.
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Location: 2009 Level:
Elizabeth Lawley (Rochester Institute of Technology)
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 4 ratings)
Creating vibrant local communities online is a growing user expectation yet remains a complex task. Liz Lawley, director of the Lab for Social Computing at the Rochester Institute of Technology, shares insight into the alternate reality game her team built with the local newspaper and how to create a compelling local experience for consumers that melds online interaction with offline engagement. Read more.
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Location: 2009 Level:
Christy Canida (, Ilana Rabinowtiz (Lion Brand Yarn Company)
Average rating: ***..
(3.25, 4 ratings)
Brands want to engage with their end users, but often see these communications as fraught with peril. How can brands have genuine, meaningful contact with their users? How do they decide which online communities to target? Can (or should) brands dictate the terms of the conversation? How can brands present their message to stand out from a sea of user-generated content? Read more.
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Location: 2009 Level:
Moderated by:
Josh Crandall (Netpop Research, LLC)
Jack Herrick (wikiHow), Mike Linksvayer (Creative Commons), Emily Richards (ArtisTech Media)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 5 ratings)
For a group of strangers to share their works online, an environment of trust, openness and respect is required. “Creating a Culture of Sharing” examines the benefits and barriers to sharing online and whether creators and users of content agree (or disagree) on how content can be used. We will then focus on issues of attribution, copyright, and “copyleft” for a world online. Read more.
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Location: 2010 Level:
Paul Yiu (Bing)
Average rating: ***..
(3.57, 7 ratings)
When building solid customer relationships and brand awareness through social media channels, it's difficult to rise above the overwhelming amount of data. Paul Yiu, group program manager behind Bing’s real-time and social efforts, will take you deeper down the social media rabbit hole and arm you with actionable advice about how to maximize your content for the real-time spectrum. Read more.
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  • Neustar, Inc.
  • OpenSRS
  • OpenText
  • PayPal
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