image Recently I’ve started to build my connections at LinkedIn. From my vantage point LinkedIn appears to be an excellent professionally-oriented online networking service.

I’m also active in Facebook, and that has proven to be great for both personal and professional networking. (I don’t bother with MySpace for reasons I won’t explain here.)

Anyway, I looked around LinkedIn for a general networking group for anyone involved in the digital publishing universe, and was surprised to find such a group did not exist (or if one does, it is very well hidden.)

Thus, to fill the vacuum, I’ve started the LinkedIn group “Digital Publishing Network” (DPN). If you have a LinkedIn account, go to the group’s invite page.

You are welcome to join DPN if you have (or had) any professional, advocate or general-interest role in the digital publishing/publication universe. The digital publishing universe is itself quite diverse and includes publishers, authors and writers, distributors/retailers, conversion specialists, technology and standards developers/providers, academic researchers, librarians/archivists, journalists, and accessibility activists, to name a few roles and types welcome in DPN.

The DPN group is intended to be all-inclusive and not restricted to a particular, narrow subset (such as employees for major book publishers.) It hopefully will become the main LinkedIn group for networking, connecting and communication in the digital publishing “ecosystem”.

I look forward to your joining DPN on LinkedIn. And tell others you know who may be interested in joining this group. Of course, if you are also interested in a leadership role in growing and maintaining DPN, let me know – I don’t want this to be a one-person show. I also invite someone to contribute a logo for the group.

While I have your attention, feel welcome to offer a connection with me on LinkedIn, and/or friendship on Facebook. I know a lot of people in the digital publishing universe, but I may not know you. Just say you saw this blog article. Fortunately, I have a quite unique name, so it is very easy to find me. But it is oftentimes difficult for me to find someone I know on either LinkedIn and Facebook when their names are more common, like “Mary Jones.”

(I am actually looking for a Mary Jones from my Yomu days, but just can’t seem to find her. My only beef with both LinkedIn and Facebook is that they seem to intentionally make it difficult to find someone you actually know—it is sometimes quite frustrating.)


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