Posted by Matt Lawrence
, Seattle, Washington | Apr 19, 2012
Online events in the Biznik Calendar
For the past 5+ years, Biznik has NOT circulated online events to the Main Calendar; this week we intentionally circulated two.
Just to catch you up to speed:
One of the COOL things about the Biznik Events and Articles page is that they are curated. This means that anyone who is at the Pro or ProVIP level can publish an article or an event on their Biznik profile. While this may be a benefit for the member, it might not be to the Biznik community - as this is a community of business owners looking to network, or for resources to help them grow or run their business.
While it is definitely a benefit for the member to publish anything he or she wants to, there might not be the same benefit to the Biznik community - as this is a community of business owners looking to network, or for resources to help them grow or run their business.
So if a ProVIP member publishes an article on how to fry the perfect egg - our editors are not going to circulate it; likewise if they publish an event that is not business related in nature.
In 2005, the events calendar was specifically designed to facilitate face to face networking style events. Not workshops or online events.
Over the years, members wanted to use the platform to host educational workshops, and in some instances, charge for them.
We were able to implement the changes to the platform to facilitate those types of events - and many members host, exclusively, workshops, and in some cases charge for them.
Last week, for the first time, we intentionally circulated some educational, online events to the main calendar.
WHY on Earth did we do that?
We felt like it was time to test the feasibility and success of presenting a sample of a few online events hosted by a select group of vetted members.
The team would like the resultant goal of circulated online events to be a preliminary discussion point for the online event as well as a venue for post discussion after the event.
We are dealing with the circulation of online events very deliberately, and are only able to extend this privilege to members we are familiar with at this time.
I would love to hear your thoughts and observations on this trial period.