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IBM Adds Social Networking to developerWorks

IBM announced new social technology enhancements to its developerWorks portal to help software developers more easily work together on open standards-based innovations.

My developerWorks combines social computing technologies and professional networking into developerWorks, IBM's online destination for more than 8 million IT professionals worldwide.

Based on Lotus Connections, IBM's enterprise networking and collaboration technology, developerWorks members can now collaborate in a secure vertical network that connects people around a focused task or goal. Users can select experts from their chosen group to collaborate on upcoming projects.

Additional features include:

  • Real-time access to personalized content: My home, a personalized landing page, lets the user follow their own activity, and the activities of others, in one central and customizable dashboard view. Tagging makes it easy to sort, track, and navigate developerWorks' extensive library of content, spaces, and forums. Users can customize their own feeds and events widgets, giving them a personalized view of content and events.
  • Easy-to-use tools to showcase expertise and find like-minded peers: Technical networking is accessible using profile search or instant virtual business card recognition that helps like-minded developers identify and follow each other. In-line commenting features makes it easy for users to add input, ask questions, and follow responses, while ratings and recommendations let them highlight their favorite blog posts and articles. Now users can quickly gain credibility in the technical community and find others they need to know creating a professional identity and network that will help them do their jobs better.
  • Advanced collaboration technologies to speed innovation and development: Users can find people to learn from and work with by searching profiles by keyword, tag, location or name to look for individuals with shared interests or expert skills.

developerWorks is available in 243 countries, and incorporates local language sites in Chinese, Russian, Korean, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, and Vietnamese, with Spanish coming later this year.

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