For those of us who manage global online communities, meeting people in person isn’t always easy. However, it is important to find ways to meet people in real life whenever possible, and we should be careful not to underestimate the value of making these real world connections. Last week, I attended LinuxCon where I gave a presentation about the MeeGo Community and did more demos than I can count, but the real value of the conference was in the conversations that I had with community members.
Some thoughts on why this is so important:
- You put a face to the name and start to build better relationships with people.
- People will provide different feedback in person and will often talk more frankly about community issues that they would not be comfortable putting in writing in a public forum.
- It’s fun! These are people that you have something in common with and you can have some really interesting conversations with people and make new friends in the process.
- I return from conferences refreshed with new ideas that come from having conversations with people outside of the typical daily routine.
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Part of a series of community manager tips blog posts.