Thursday, March 26, 2009
Enlightening Women Through womenlighte.ning.com
Today marks the official debut of our own Social Network - womenlighte.ning.com! This is not about me, this is about us. Many of you have facebook or myspace pages, and I'm sure this has provided a great way to "network" with friends, relatives, and business associates. What I have learned in my research into this technology is that it provides a way for others with similar interests or affiliations to stay in touch. The FB & Myspaces will always have their place, but the future of Social Networking is in the creation of small, private, but powerful networks that are more homogeneous, but can be "daisy-chained" with other more intimate networks by design, not by force.
That is what womenlighte.ning.com is about. Women of Wealth coming together in one group or forum to bring their cause or concern to a group of like minded individuals. I have created one such group - Women With Cause - specifically for members who work in philanthropy or volunteer in a non-profit, or for profit organization that needs support. Many times, there are ways we can help each other, even though time and distance may separate us. We can create other groups as needed, and I invite your suggestions. There are several other features I think you will enjoy - videos, blogs, forums, events, etc.
Many of you have already received invitations to join the womenlighte.ning network. More invites will be going out over the next few days. Each invite will contain a "member number" that you will be prompted to enter when you set up your network profile. You will also be asked to enter your "sponsoring member" (me, in the initial few invites). This is to ensure that only invited members are allowed to join. This is not meant to be discriminatory, but rather a precaution as many of you have high public profiles and do not like the "openness" of FB and Myspace. This will also allow us, as a group to adhere to a set of Virtues for a Virtual World, and keep our mission focused. If you know of someone who is interested in joining, have them sign up to be put on our email list using the box in the sidebar to the right of this blog.
Let's make this new tool a force for change, and a community that cares. Together, we can make a difference!
Until next post, continue to believe, achieve, receive. SDG -JBHIV