Becoming a Network Ambassador was a choice.
New Zealand Dances 1995-2000
My first web site, NZDances, was by far the largest and most popular regional dance site in the world. In the very early days of the Internet there were no search engines, not much in the way of standards and the network of web developers was a huge team of part time beginners like me.
I build over 1000 pages over 4 years, with the help of over 700 people who willingly contributed their time and expertise to help me. Besides over 60 other sites on the Internet gave me links to my site, and I willingly returned the favour.
This was my background to what we now call online networking. I didn't really "know" the people who were helping me, except that they understood what I was trying to do, and they thought that they could help.
Ryze was perhaps the first social networking site on the Internet. When I first saw it I didn't appreciate what I was being shown. I didn't join. That was a mistake. Since then I've put a lot of time into helping other people not repeat my error. I've withdrawn from Ryze, closing down my three networks.
I'm strongly connected in many other places too. Twitter, Xing, Ning, Viadeo, Hi Five, Internations, Ecademy and TwoStep as examples
Four Years. Go.
How can I help you?
Online collaboration is a two way affair. There needs to be a willingness to trust on both sides. I built a large network because away back with NZ Dances I had a large network that was very useful to me. Now I've got a large network again, and too often it's not used. There is power in social networks to change who we are and to change what's possible in the world. That's a task that lies ahead of us.