While we already have 20-30 "regulars" (depending on how you count), only a few have been in every chat. Let's ground everyone with a short history, and some directional thoughts, to get us thinking about futures.
In our inaugural chat 5/28, we met each other and started brainstorming the new chat paradigm we'd just adopted. Many of us were crossovers from the #innochat group that meets (on Yammer now) to discuss innovation practices. We used our first chat to discuss Q1: the #chat value proposition, and concluded several critical aspects were: social interaction, engagement, and real-time conversation.
In our 2nd chat 6/3, we compared Q2-Q3 (chat) vs. Q4 (collaboration) and concluded that the difference was that, in the case of collaboration, we were working to solve a problem.
In our 3rd chat 6/10, we took the problem solving metaphor a bit further and introduced some of the traditional workgroup requirements: file sharing, discussion forums, event announcements, etc. In short, we needed a place for sticky content. Too much was being lost in the fast-paced Twitterverse. It was clear we did NOT want to leave Twitter (see Q1), but rather, to supplement it. We discussed a variety of social site options we were aware of, and narrowed things down pretty quickly to NING & PBWIKI.
In our 4th chat 6/17, we got down to some of the brass tacks of a collaboration hub, includng tool specifics, how to track and tag SMEs, and intro'd SEO as a topic. We realized that Knowledge Management (or KM) had similar aspirations, and tapped Information Architecture terms to explain what kinds of activities might be needed downstream. We assigned (!?) some volunteers and vowed to take action.
And here we are.
WHAT NEXT? There are a variety of directions this group can go. As current moderator, I am open to ideas. As long as we are exploring and advancing best practices using social media for collaboration, I think we are adding value as a group, as well as to each of us as individual practitioners and stakeholders. That does not in any way exclude SMM (marketing), branding, social communities, or monetization topics - because those elements will certainly be drivers in the demographics and mechanics that comprise SM.
There are other #chat groups for specific industry practitioners. I guess I see #smchat as an action/brainstorm group to aggregate methods and guide anyone trying to advance problem solving using SM, rather than simply coming together to talk.
Meantime, we have lots of 'problem solving' problems to sort out, including how best to use this site.
The issue now? We need your input !! Please provide it here.
Thanks, as always, for being an active part of an increasingly active KNOWLEDGE NETWORK: #SMCHAT.