How to Join the New AMD Community

AMD is the company responsible for bringing Chris to CES this year — and we’re all very grateful for that. Chris was able to show us a lot of great new technology that we otherwise may not have gotten to see so closely. The AMD team didn’t only want to show off its tech advancements, though. It also wanted to invite all of you to join its new AMD Community.

You all know that I’m a huge proponent of communities and community building. I’ve been working in this space since 1999 and I still have a lot of passion and enthusiasm for it. Companies these days have got to have a strong community online or they’re dead in the water. Finding ways to bring people together with a common interest — your product or service — is a huge part of success in today’s marketplace.

The community that AMD has built looks to be a lot of fun as well as educational. By joining — for free, I might add — you’ll have access to talk with company representatives in ways that have never before been available. You’ll also, of course, be able to connect with other geeks who are fans of the company and its products. The best thing you’ll gain from a technical standpoint is exclusive access to new products, services, and news. Just think, you can find out about the latest and greatest advancements AMD is making before the tech reporters do!

How to Join the New AMD CommunityThe fun part comes in when you begin to compete. Just like with our LockerGnome app (available for iOS and Android), you can earn points by engaging with others across the community site and by sharing various content. Keep doing this and eventually you might just be named AMD’s top fan! Who wouldn’t want to be able to brag that they are the biggest fan for such an industry juggernaut?

The community gives you the opportunity to connect all of your most-used social channels, including Facebook, LiveJournal, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, and more. Once you’ve connected your channels, finish filling in your profile with a short biography, a profile picture, and your job title if you wish.

There are a number of things you can do once you’re all set up. Submit a post, add photos and videos, or browse topics created by others. You can submit reviews and even earn points toward savings on products! That’s what I like — I can save money just by participating. I’m all about saving money.

I’ve only been a member for two days, and I’ve already earned quite a few points. Why don’t you come and join me over at the new AMD Community? I promise we’ll have a good time!

Microsoft’s Most Valuable Professionals [MVP] – Who Are We?

Yesterday I had a conversation with a client and during the course of the conversation, I was asked what is an MVP? I thought to myself that there may be others who are wondering the same thing. Today I decided to share with you what I know about the MVP program and the award that is presented by Microsoft.

I have been a Microsoft Valuable Professional [MVP] for the past seven years. The award is presented on a yearly basis during the months of January, April, July, and October by Microsoft, to recognize those in the technology community who assist Microsoft software and product users. This assistance can be provided using Internet forums, newsgroups, newsletters, and through other sources such as community gatherings.

Microsoft describes MVPs on its MVP logo as: “Independent Experts. Real World Answers.”

The MVP community is made up of some 4,000 members worldwide that are involved in about 90 areas of expertise. Experts are either nominated by current or former MVPs, or are selected by Microsoft personnel who recommend the person to receive the award. The nominee goes through a rigorous selection process before receiving the award.

Upon receiving the MVP award recipients are entitled to early release of some software, subscriptions to both TechNet and MSDN software, and in providing feedback to the folks who are developing products and software at Microsoft. There is also the prestige in knowing that you have contributed to a worldwide community of professionals who are knowledgeable in their respective fields.

My award cycle is coming due on April 1st of this year. I would hope that I will be selected once again to receive the MVP award. But if for some reason I didn’t receive the award this year, I would be satisfied in knowing that I have been honored for seven years in a row. I don’t think I could have asked for anything more.

Thanks to everyone who have made this award possible.

Comments welcome.

Source – MVP site

Xmarks Lives Again!

There should be an image here!This is still in the talking stages and nothing has been hammered out on paper as of yet. Still, it should be noted that it looks like Xmarks could indeed end up rising from the ashes!

This recent blog post reminds us that Xmarks matters to people – big time. Xmarks provides a service that was needed previous to alternatives already existing. Today, it looks like the interest in keeping Xmarks around has taken on a whole new life.

Now there is no way to know how this is going to work out. I mean, there is still the potential for failure. But this kind of glimmer of hope, is just what the doctor order and again demonstrates the power of community over adversity.

Tools And Platforms Are Not The Community

There should be an image here!When Loic Le Meur asked me last year to come to Paris and speak at his LeWeb Conference, I admit to being honored beyond belief. LeWeb is one of the premiere conferences anywhere in the world, and it’s held in beautiful Paris. When I found out that Queen Rania Al Abdullah was also speaking, I broke out into a cold sweat. This was serious business, folks. The people who attend this event are hardcore. They are THE movers and shakers in our world. They are smart, passionate, and dedicated. Loic is their leader, and I hoped only to make an impact on the crowd in some small way.

Loic asked me to speak about building communities, something which I have been doing online since 1992. This is where my passion lies. This is what I am dedicated to. I walked onto the stage with the hope that the things I have learned along the way would help someone in their journey. I became so filled with the enthusiasm around me that I walked off that stage with my head held high. I feel as though I gave one of the best presentations of my life… not because someone told me so, but because I know that I believed in everything I said.

When you are going to speak to an audience – no matter how large or small – don’t talk at them. Talk WITH them. Yes, you need to tell them whatever it is you know. Of course you’re going to try to win them over to your side. But you still have to actually have a conversation with them… much as you do when you are trying to build a community.

Community comes from inside of you. The tools and platforms available are simply that: tools and platforms. They are not the community. Bring people together and give them the tools to connect to each other and then watch as leaders emerge from within. Talk to them. Work with them. Learn about them and grow with them.

Remember that building a community is not about connecting people to you. It’s about connecting them to each other.

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Cisco Launches Search For Canada’s Thought-Leaders And Visionaries

There should be an image here!Cisco Canada is launching Transformational Canadians, a program that will recognize 25 notable Canadians. These individuals have, through their vision and leadership, helped to transform the lives of others in Canada and around the world. Nominations for the program will be open to the public and can be submitted online at and beginning today. Nominees must fall into one of the following 6 categories: business, science & technology, environment, education, healthcare and community.

Beginning October 5, 2010, a judging panel comprised of journalists and business leaders will select and profile up to three Transformational Canadians each week. Those chosen will be profiled at and, in print and online in The Globe and Mail, Cyberpresse and on CTV’s CANADA AM.

Once the 25 Transformational Canadians are chosen by the panel, CANADA AM will produce a series of 11 profiles starting Oct. 5th. During the week of January 3, 2011 the Globe and Mail will print a 4 page special feature highlighting the 25 Transformational Canadian honorees.

About Transformational Canadians:

  • The judging panel will convene throughout the nomination period to select the 25 Transformational Canadians. The panel judges include:
    • Elena Cherney, editor, The Globe and Mail’s Report on Business
    • Seamus O’Regan, co-host, CTV’s Canada AM
    • Pierre Duhamel, journalist
    • Christy Clark, host of CKNW’s Christy Clark Show
    • Ratna Omidvar, president, Maytree Foundation
    • Nitin Kawale, president, Cisco Canada
  • Nominations can be submitted at or
  • Close for nominations is November 26, 2010.
  • All nominees must be a living Canadian citizen residing in Canada or abroad. Nominations are made based on work or impact in Canada or internationally.
  • In recognition of the 25 Transformational Canadians’ efforts, Cisco will donate up to $25,000 worth of technology to the non-profit or charitable organization of the winner’s choice.
  • The technology will be donated in partnership with Allstream. As Canada’s all business communications solutions provider, Allstream has experience with innovation and is always looking ahead. Allstream will help to ensure the organizations receiving the gift of the technology on behalf of the 25 Transformational Canadians will be able to leverage it in the fashion that suits them the best.

“In 2010, Cisco celebrates 25 years of leading and shaping the way the world interacts, shares ideas and solves problems,” says Nitin Kawale, president, Cisco Canada. “And while the network makes collaboration possible, it’s individuals who are transforming businesses, lives and communities. The 25 Transformational Canadians program will encourage a national dialogue to recognize leading Canadians who are making a real difference here at home and around the world.”

“We are honoured to help Cisco celebrate 25 years of innovation and commitment to the Canadian marketplace,” says John Stackhouse, Editor-in-Chief, The Globe and Mail. “Together, we begin our journey to identify the most notable milestones and achievements in Canada’s past and invite all of Canada to join the conversation and nominate the best of Canada.”

“These Canadians have helped shape our country,” says CTV’s Seamus O’Regan. “They have made a difference, contributing to our successes in business, science and technology, environment, healthcare, education and community work. I am delighted to be part of recognizing and rewarding the passion for change and the remarkable results that have changed Canada and, indeed, our world.”

“We’re asking all of Canada to stand up and share their thoughts on Canada’s true leaders who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to Canada, the community and the future of our country,” says Pierre Duhamel, Cyberpresse. “We are proud to partner with Cisco to recognize Canadians and Quebecers who have left a legacy to Canada.”

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People Who Need Gnomedex Are The Luckiest Of People

Michael Foley is one of those people that everyone loves to stop and talk with. We’re very grateful for that fact, since he managed to interview many of the movers and shakers who attended Gnomedex last month. Michael was kind enough to give us his raw footage, and Uncle John worked his magic to stitch it all together. Ladies and germs, meet the people of Gnomedex!

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  • Tac Anderson – “The most diverse and coolest group of speakers anywhere.”
  • Steve Sorbo – “Gnomedex is about education in the world of social media.”
  • Christopher Burgess – “I come to Gnomedex because out of hundreds of conferences I attend, this is the best .It’s the most humanitarian and technological event of its kind. When you leave here, you feel as though you can change the world.”
  • Kristen Mitchell – “Gnomedex was the first conference I ever attended in association with my online identity. I was happy to feel as though I was amongst family.”
  • Kat Armstrong – “It’s impossible to put into words what Gnomedex is like. Being here – being a part of this – WILL change your life in some way.”
  • Brian Eisenberg – “I come to Gnomedex to meet people and have amazing conversations.”
  • Kenji Onozawa – “Gnomedex has great content, but I love the conversation in the hallways the most. This event attracts an awesome array of people.”
  • Jeff Shuey – “There are incredible people involved in this event, from speakers to volunteers to attendees.”
  • Jeris JC Miller – “Chris has done an amazing job at curating who I feel are some of the most innovative speakers in technology and the social media space.”
  • Pete Voss – “This was my first Gnomedex. A lot of past attendees recommended I be here, so here I am!”
  • Veronica Wei Sopher – “I come here to get outside of my own thinking. I love to see what others are doing and learning. It gives me fresh perspective in my world.”
  • Jamie Nelson – “I come here to find out what’s going on in the geek world, and get an idea as to what is coming over the horizon.”
  • David Hoang – “This was my first time attending Gnomedex. I wanted to be here, because I heard it’s a great place to meet innovative thinkers.”
  • Lacy Kemp – “This conference has a very cool crowd. It’s very different from other conferences – it’s more human. The content is different. It’s less focused on narcissism and more focused on how to create a better you.”
  • Michelle Gamboa – “I volunteer at this event because it’s one of the places that I can meet amazing people and hear about the best ideas you’ll find anywhere.”
  • Richard Wood – “This was my first Gnomedex. I’ve been to a lot of events surrounding this event in the past few years. There’s always such a high amount of energy to the people involved in this conference. I wanted to be a part of that, and their ideas.”
  • Melissa Tizon – “I work with Swedish Hospital here in Seattle. We’re a non-profit hospital which loves technology. We’re using that to improve health care in the greater Seattle area.”
  • Kevin Urie – “I come to Gnomedex because the people are great and the topics are all over the place. It’s always interesting, and I learn something from everyone.”
  • Jen Joyce – “I come to Gnomedex because there are interesting people who attend. I love to learn new ideas from everyone.”
  • Heather Fernandez – “I’m here because I’ve never been. I’ve heard a lot of great things about this conference, so I knew I had to be here.”
  • Willow Brugh – “This was my first Gnomedex, and it’s been exciting. It’s not focused on one topic, and this is where true innovation lies.”
  • Joe Pirillo – “I’m Chris’ Dad, so I’m here to help out behind the scenes, but I also really just enjoy being here.”
  • Karianne Stinson – “Gnomedex is a conference where people talk about what they’re actually DOING, versus people telling about their grand ideas.”
  • Shauna Causey – “I love to hang out with geeks because I am a wannabe geek. Gnomedex rocks for that.”
  • Greg Young – “Television is moving more online every day. I like to keep up with current trends to see how new things can be incorporated into video and television.”
  • Liana Shanes – “I volunteer with Gnomedex because Chris always brings amazing content which helps me learn about things I would never have thought of before.”
  • Maya Bisineer – “The people here are brilliant, and the presentations are all intelligent.”
  • Ken Yeung – “There are a lot of friends here at Gnomedex.”
  • Chris Pirillo – “I come here because my face is on all of the badges! I put this conference on because it started out as just a way for my community to get together. This is a chance, though, to inspire others no matter what type of work they do, or where their passions lie. The idea of Human Circuitry is that our humanity is further influenced by the proliferation of technology.”

Thank you again to Michael and Uncle John for all of their hard work putting this together. Thank you to everyone who participated!

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Apple Going Social With Its Forums

Why leave the end user to a mere forum when, instead, a company can provide a social aspect to solve problems as a community? This is exactly what Apple is looking to bring forth according to this article.

Apple is going social by providing an alternative to its forums in the form of a social tool where users of Apple products can find support topics that match individual needs. Now this is not to say that this is going to solve everyone’s problems overnight when they use this. But it might make working with others in a forum format a whole lot easier.

I am fairly sure we’re going to see some bumps in the road as Apple makes the transition, but I believe this is going to work out for Apple and the users in the long run. Guess only time will tell.

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There should be an image here!Have you stopped by yet? In a nutshell, it’s a new site where you can ask and answer questions with fellow Gnomies and earn fabulous karma points!

Today’s random 10 questions posed at

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Most of us have probably been in an online forum before. These forums promote discussion about a particular topic, and once you start to get to know the members and participate in the discussions, they can become pretty addictive. For many people, forums aren’t as interesting as they used to be because they don’t necessarily offer the immediate communication that you would get from a chat session or certain social networks. With that said, forums still serve a purpose, and makes creating one as easy as embedding a YouTube video.

The free plan doesn’t even require you to sign up for anything. All you do is copy and paste some code and go. This ease of use also applies to users of your forum because instead of being forced to create an account, they can use one of the accounts that they already have (Google, Facebook, Twitter, etc.). The forums are very straightforward to use, and since they keep your visitors active and engaged, a basic forum might be just what your site needs.


Are you listening to what the visitors to your Web site have to say? You may think you are, but are you really? The truth is that many people who use the Internet feel disconnected from the sites that they visit. They may be able to get information from them, but they may not be able to share what they have to say and feel like they’re actually being heard. If you run a Web site, then that Web site exists to serve the visitors, so it’s important to try and get their feedback not only about your content but also about your entire site overall. Sometimes it may sting a little bit, but it has to be done. Monyta gives your site a feedback tab that gets visitors talking.

Once you create an account and personalize the settings you then install the widget script and open your site up to feedback right away. Whether visitors are contributing feedback, bug info, or questions, they can easily do so through the Monyta widget. Ideas that are submitted publicly are also listed and can be voted on by other users, so there’s no doubt about what the community has to say. It’s just up to you to make things happen.

The Community Runneth Over

Recently, I asked you whether you had met anyone in “real” life who you had become friends with online. Over the weekend, I read a heart-wrenching post on Geeks. One of our long-time community members unexpectedly lost his mom two days ago. The poster talks about how he lives several hundred miles from his family. While waiting to travel home, he turned to his friends in our community for support.

The support was instant, and unconditional. This reinforces the fact that you don’t have to necessarily meet someone face-to-face in order to form a true and lasting bond. Many deep friendships are made online, only to have the involved persons never lay eyes on each other (beyond possibly webcams and photos). I see it happen every day. I witness the bonds that many of our regular community members share.

This is why I do what I do, folks… YOU. I love the community… the bonds that are formed… the lasting relationships that withstand time and distance. The community we have is why Kat loves her job so much, as well. She’s said it many times, and seeing the post from this community member just proves her point.

What are your thoughts? Have you experienced the real power of friendship through a virtual friend? How has someone(s) you may only know online touched or changed your life? Feel free to share your own thoughts on one of our community sites. There are a lot of good things being posted on a daily basis by all of you!

Yours digitally,

Chris Pirillo
@ Twitter
@ Facebook

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If you have a Web site that is supposed to keep people coming back, then you’re going to need to add elements that accomplish that purpose. Good content can be enough to keep people coming back, but results in this area are usually improved when a certain level of interaction is added. This interaction can involve you and your visitors, but it’s even better when you also enable your visitors as a group to communicate with one another. Your audience has found your site interesting enough to visit, so they’re likely to have some things in common with other visitors. When it comes to supporting discussions, one of the things that we see a lot of are forums. Vanilla provides free hosted forums for you and your community to enjoy.

There are a lot of forum solutions out there, but many of the most popular ones have seemed to stay pretty much the same for many years. Vanilla is something different, and its simplicity will probably be enough for some people to consider using it. You can control the way things look, plugins are available, and premium features enable more functionality. I like the way Vanilla offers page creation, which helps to make your forum start to feel like a Web site. After all, why not base your site around the discussion?

O’Reilly Ignites The World

Brady Forrest of O’Reilly Media writes:

Ignites, where speakers get 20 slides and just 15 seconds a slide, have spread to almost 50 cities since starting in Seattle. Some of them are helped, sponsored, or coordinated by myself or other O’Reilly employees, but most of them are run by a local community. There are at least twenty Ignites happening around the world in the next two months (and I know of several that are in the planning stage). Check for one in your city below.

1st Ignite Amherst!
September 22, 2009
wünderarts – 383 Main Street
Amherst MA, United States

Ignite NYC 5 on September 23rd
September 23, 2009
New World Stages
New York City

Ignite Dublin #1
September 24, 2009
Trinity College, Pearse Street
Dublin, Ireland

Ignite Prague

September 28, 2009
Hergetova Ciheln
Submit a talk if you’re local!

Announcing Ignite Annapolis 10/1
October 1, 2009
Lowes Annapolis Hotel Powerhouse, 126 West Street
Annapolis MD, United States

Ignite Salt Lake 3.5
October 8, 2009
9690 South 300 West
Sandy UT, United States

Ignite DC #2 is October 8, 2009!
October 8, 2009
2009 8th St NW
Washington DC, USA

Announcing Ignite Austin 10/8
October 8, 2009

Ignite Sydney 3
October 8, 2009
Watershed Hotel, 198 Harbourside, Darling Harbour
Sydney NSW, Australia

Ignite Denver October 09
October 14, 2009
2620 Walnut St
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Ignite Portugal to hold its 1st event ever!
October 15, 2009
Lisbon, Portugal

Ignite Spatial
October 22, 2009
Shelbourne Hotel
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Ignite Baltimore #4
October 22, 2009
600 N. Charles St
Baltimore MD, USA

Announcing Ignite New Haven
October 23, 2009
New Haven CT

Ignite Phoenix #5 – November 3rd
November 3, 2009
700 W Rio Salado Parkway
Tempe AZ

Ignite Fort Collins #3
November 11, 2009
802 West Drake Road
Fort Collins CO, USA

Ignite Portland 7, November 12, 2009
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3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd
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Announcing the first Ignite London (UK), Nov 18
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Ginglik – 1 Shepherds Bush Green
London, United Kingdom

First Ignite Waterloo!
November 25, 2009
10 King Street West
Kitchener Ontario, Canada

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The Art Of Community

There should be an image here!Online communities offer a wide range of opportunities today, whether you’re supporting a cause, marketing a product or service, or developing open source software. The Art of Community by Jono Bacon will help you develop the broad range of talents you need to recruit members to your community, motivate and manage them, and help them become active participants.

Bacon offers a collection of experiences and observations from his decade-long involvement in building and managing communities, including his current position as manager for Ubuntu, arguably the largest community in open source software. You’ll discover how a vibrant community can provide you with a reliable support network, a valuable source of new ideas, and a powerful marketing force.

The Art of Community will help you:

  • Develop a strategy, with specific objectives and goals, for building your community
  • Build simple, non-bureaucratic processes to help your community perform tasks, work together, and share successes
  • Provide tools and infrastructure that let contributors work quickly
  • Create buzz around your community to get more people involved
  • Track the community’s work so it can be optimized and simplified
  • Explore a capable, representative governance strategy for your community
  • Identify and manage conflict, including dealing with divisive personalities

In the age of participation, there is no better tour guide than Jono Bacon. The Art of Community teaches leaders how to increase collaboration and authenticity. This isn’t just for technology leaders — anyone who wants to harness community for their cause should read this book.
Amanda McPherson, The Linux Foundation

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