6 responses to “The Engineering Social Hub”

  1. jrspruitt

    There is a fine line to walk there. On one hand, giving anyone the chance to provide content, provide a very diverse and rich pool of ideas to draw upon. On the other hand, it provides and exponential amount of not so good ideas to have to sift through to find those good ideas. I think a lot of things are like this though. Like performance car motors, if going for max horsepower, you make a lot of gains at first, gaining possibly 100’s of hp with a couple modifications. But once you have done those, and you are down to squeezing out every last bit of performance, you spend a lot of time and resources searching for 1/2hp here and there. Its that last 10% or so that is hard to get, which the internet and more so most social networking type services seem like an attempt to get that, when it comes to sourcing people for information and ideas.

  2. Bill

    The nice thing about having smaller communities is they can focus on specific niches. I know on a personal level I’ll go to different communities to ask about or talk about different areas of my interest. You can also get familiar with contributors easier. This may be especially true for vendor specific forums. What’s better than having a Microchip guru answer a question about one of their chips or a Texas Instruments analog guru suggest an alternate op-amp configuration for your design.

    One good general electrical engineering community you didn’t mention is
    http://forum.allaboutcircuits.com/

    What would be nice is one database of forum usernames/passwords that would be adopted by every community. Having many different usernames and passwords is a royal pain. I also wish local bars would start having an “engineers night” with half price drinks for engineers so we could run into each in the real world more. Plus, just imagine how crazy those nights would get!

    1. Ally

      @Bill

      You should get out to more exhibitions and conferences, they are a great place to meet suppliers and other engineers. There are also usually fully populated pubs nearby :)

      @Paul,

      You could also mention manufacturers hubs, like TI’s e2e community etc. I think engineering communities are a relatively new thing, and members will choose where they want to be.

      When social media originally became popular there were a wide variety of choices also. Bebo, Facebook, Linkedin, Friendsreunited, MySpace etc, etc. Each will find it’s own niche or disappear. Maybe one will “do a facebook” and take over the vast majority, but likely not

  3. GEARS

    I thought the point of Engineer Blogs was to blog about engineering and start that grand, global, one-stop-shopping community. Or was that my delusions of grandeur?

    You are absolutely right though. While I don’t visit those particular sites (I’m ME, not EE), matching content with good traffic and sustainability is difficult. I mainly use LinkedIn and Twitter. LinkedIn for a real-time Rolodex (that would be phone book…) and Twitter mainly for just screwing around. Other than that, I never really got the point of social media for anything serious.

    1. Chris Gammell

      I’ve never viewed EB as a hub for all engineering because we’re not really set up for it. Nor do I think it’s possible to be. There’s zero chance of ever getting all those big companies to work together because they all think bringing in people to their site is the most important thing.

      I view Engineer Blogs more as a news stand. We have the “covers” of all these magazines (writers of other blogs) displaying their wares and hoping to draw interest from the passerby.