Building up to the launch of a new social network is demanding work and, I’ve discovered, means much more than building a new website. The tCn team is also spending time blogging, creating YouTube video, building a presence on LinkedIn, a group page and fan page on Facebook, and we now have several people using Twitter (I’m @ryanbriggstcn and you can also follow Jason Leonard).
Construction people can be, well, a bit ‘sniffy’ about these networking platforms but believe me there is a growing number of architects, engineers and other construction people using these tools. Even I was a bit sceptical about the value of a blog until I saw recently that construction Web 2.0 guru Paul Wilkinson had used his blog to write an open letter (and a Web 2.0 PS) to the new UK Chief Construction Advisor Paul Morrell – and had got a reply from the government’s construction chief. What a coup!
Paul Wilkinson talks regularly to construction people about using Web 2.0 and helped co-found, Be2camp, a community of people interested in using social media in the architectural, engineering and construction sector. I have been in contact with him and hope to get him interested in the tCn concept.