I opened my email and began to read: "LinkedIn now has 200 million members. Thanks for playing a unique part in our community!"
Interesting bit of data, isn't it? In the year 2012, my LinkedIn Profile was one of the top 1% most viewed @Linkedin profiles...
Hmmm, that puts me in a reflective mood. First of all, Dear Reader(s), if you didn't check out my @LinkedIn profile in 2012, just click on this link and take a look at it now, in 2013. :-)
— Thomas Jerome Baker(@profesortbaker) February 8, 2013
In earnest, all joking aside, I'm kind of surprised. My use of social media is consistent, regular, and often, especially if I'm promoting my books on Amazon, or promoting the Edcamp Chile 2013 conference, sorry, I meant to say, "unconference".
This year, Edcamp Chile will consist of Edcamp Santiago, Edcamp Calbuco (FREE tickets are still available), and Edcamp Coyhaique (FREE tickets are still available) - just sign up for the Edcamp nearest you.
No, I'm sorry, but Edcamp Santiago is already "sold out", no more tickets are available. I wonder, is it linguistically possible to have a sellout, to be sold out, if all the tickets were FREE, and you didn't sell anything, but simply gave the tickets away to everyone who signed up for a ticket?
No matter, I like the sound of the phrase, "Edcamp Santiago is soldout". What?
You want to see the sign up site? Well, we actually had two sign up sites, so things went really fast this year:
Wait, that's not entirely correct. You see, getting 200 teachers to sign up for free professional development, free coffee, free networking, and some really wonderful prizes too, is not so hard to do in a city of 8 million people.
It's a bit harder to do if you live on an island, in an "archipiélago" composed of 14 islands, like Calbuco is. Here is what the mayor, or "alcalde" of Calbuco, Mr. Rubén Cárdenas Gómez, has to say about Calbuco:
"Nuestra ciudad fue fundada el 4 de mayo 1602 y actualmente cuenta con aproximadamente 35 mil habitantes, de los cuales 11 mil viven en la ciudad de Calbuco. El segundo centro poblado de la comuna es Pargua, punto de ingreso a la isla grande de Chiloé. El Archipiélago Calbucano está compuesto por 14 islas, entre las cuales se cuentan Puluqui, Huar, Chidhuapi, Huapi Abtao, Queullín, Quenu, Tabón, Chaullín (Helvecia), Quihua, Tautil, Lagartija, Nao, Caicaén y Maillina."
Oh, I'm sorry. That's in Spanish. What the mayor said is that: The city of Calbuco was founded May 4, 1602, and today has a population of 35 thousand people, with 11 thousand living in the city of Calbuco. Then he goes on to name the other thirteen islands.
The point is that it is much more challenging for my colleague, Tamara Gómez, to organize an Edcamp in Calbuco, an island of 11 thousand people than it is for me to organize an Edcamp in Santiago, a capital city with 8 million people living here...
So, let's help Tamara. Tamara has a goal of having 100 people attend Edcamp Calbuco. If you live on one of those 14 islands in the Calbuco Archipiélago, click on the link and sign up for a FREE ticket to Edcamp Calbuco.
If you live in Puerto Montt, Puerto Varas, Chiloe, Valdivia, Osorno, Temuco, Villarica, Castro, Frutillar, sign up for a FREE ticket to Edcamp Calbuco.
You see, social media, for example LinkedIn, is all about, being able to connect with people, on a local, national, and international level. The strength of our connections gives us great power, to do great things, together. Together, we are truly powerful beyond belief...
Edcamp Calbuco, Edcamp Coyhaique, and Edcamp Santiago will be connected, a national Edcamp Chile. We need you, dear teachers and friends, to be a part of this. Sign up for the Edcamp nearest you. Sign up today, sign up now, don't delay. Edcamp needs you...
See you at the Edcamp!