Have you ever wondered who the other members of DACS are, what their interests are, and whether they have experience and knowledge that could benefit you? Would you like to be able to identify and contact the other members, sharing information with them, but without having to disclose your e-mail and phone details?
Your Board has recognized that one of the benefits of DACS membership should be the means to communicate with each other in this way.
At the July general meeting, we began the meeting with a quick series of introductions, giving meeting attendees an opportunity to communicate their interests.
The Board has discussed at length how to promote communication between members and has looked at the pros and cons of a number of ways to do this. The general meeting introductions were our first effort in this regard; another one we would like to offer is a resource already in use by DACS: Meetup.
Answer: according to Wikipedia, “Meetup is an online social networking portal that facilitates offline group meetings in various localities around the world. Meetup allows members to find and join groups unified by a common interest, such as politics, books, games, movies, health, pets, careers or hobbies.”
DACS has been a user of Meetup for several years, to distribute and share information about general meetings and workshop meetings. For this service, we pay fees. Now we would like to leverage the full potential of Meetup, by encouraging its use for individual DACS members as a channel of communication.
If you are not already a user of Meetup, please go to www.meetup.com and sign up to become one. There is no charge for individual users. After you have joined Meetup, you can join the Danbury Tech Meetup (an alias for DACS), and see a list of upcoming meetings.
Meetup gives you an opportunity to create a profile of your interests. If you wish, you can upload a photo of yourself. You will also find that there is a Message function, which allows you to send private messages to other Meetup users, without using e-mail. We hope that the resources of Meetup will prove to be a valuable addition to DACS membership.