Chair, SIOP Electronic Communications Committee
What a way to kick off SIOP's newest member benefit! We had a hunch that my.SIOP—SIOP’s new social collaborative network for I-O—would fill a gap in the SIOP member experience, but the level of hands-on member engagement at the annual SIOP conference in San Diego was incredible!
Before the weekend was over, close to 1,000 SIOP members had already added content to their profiles, uploaded profile photos, added themselves to the community map, and began meeting other SIOP members in content groups. In case you missed it, the line for a “free professional photo” at the PDRI-sponsored photo booth routinely held 10 to 20 people. In total, over 400 members got their free photos taken—perfect for use on my.SIOP and elsewhere on the web.
Why all the commotion? It appears that the need for my.SIOP was greater and more immediate than we thought! The my.SIOP community serves as a central hub for everything SIOP—a single link (my.siop.org) that gets you access to Exchange posts, public SIOP wiki, SIOP events calendar, community map, member profiles, and the latest from your groups. It does not replace LinkedIn or Facebook but instead provides you space and new tools for sharing and collaborating specifically with other I-O psychologists around the world.
Members each have their own “most useful” features. How will YOU use my.SIOP? Share your ideas with the community here.
*This article was published in the July 2012 issue of TIP. The article can be found here.