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MLA ’10 Conference Community – Get Connected Before and During the Conference!

Over the past few years, the MLA annual meeting has utilized an increasing number of online social networking tools to help participants interact with both one another and with meeting content. In the spirit of this year’s theme of “Reflect and Connect,” the annual meeting website features the Conference Community (http://tinyurl.com/confcom). The primary goal of the Conference Community is to enable connections and communication among in-person and virtual attendees.

The Conference Community is an online portal which aggregates multiple communication “channels” and “backchannels,” providing opportunities for attendees to explore and play with various emerging technologies before, during and after of the meeting. It is also primary location for meeting content, such as videos recorded by members and materials provided by the keynote presenter, Daniel Pink.

Conference Community Services
Crowdvine
http://mla10.crowdvine.com
A simple and powerful social network customized for MLA ’10 that helps participants to interact before, during, and after the meeting. After registering with CrowdVine, participants set up a profile that consists of a photograph, affiliations, interests, and topics that interest them. The real power of CrowdVine is its ability to identify those who share common interests so that they can seek one another out and meet, in person, at MLA ‘10.

Twitter, Friendfeed & Flickr
Conference hashtag #mla2010
Friendfeed: http://friendfeed.com/mla2010
Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/groups/mla2010/
The Conference Community provides access to all Twitter updates containing the official conference hashtag #mla2010, a link to the conference Flickr photo sharing group, and aggregates many of these communication streams using FriendFeed.

MLA 2010 Blog
http://npc.mlanet.org/mla10
Follow official conference events, learn about more about things to do in Washington DC, or leave a comment and connect with other members. Our roster of official MLA bloggers will be bringing you coverage throughout the conference. The blog is optimized for your mobile phone or PDA.

Technology Free For All
For those of you who cannot make it to DC, consider that everyone, including those who are not registered for the meeting, can use the Conference Community to connect to meeting-related social networking sites and blogs. In addition, Conference Package D: e-Conference offers full access to the Conference Community content of streaming video, continuing education, and more! All paid registrants will have full access to the online content on the Conference Community site.

Looking forward to seeing you in person and/or online in May!

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