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http://vmwebapp.com/images/social.jpeg It's that season again... not summer or fall, but VMworld! Bigger than ever, the theme says it all — NO LIMITS.  With so many online conversations, so many social postings, so many community gatherings, social media and community has arguably become the heartbeat for much of VMworld.

Networking Opportunities
If you are planning to attend, welcome to one of the greatest networking events in the IT industry. If you go through the week at VMworld without exhausting all your networking opportunities, you may be missing the biggest takeaway of the conference. Take advantage of every moment, from discussions with session & theater speakers — to demos with booth staff — to hallway conversations with other attendees. Don't be afraid to tap the shoulder of that person standing or sitting next to you and introduce yourself.  Use VMword social media conversations to amplify your networking with the extended VMworld community.

NOTE: if you are attending and haven’t done so already, be sure to add your Twitter @name in the VMworld registration form. This is an opt-in option for printing this on your badge.

    Hang Space
    The Hang Space, a huge open-space  room next to the General Session theater, will be a destination for many attendees who share a passion for social media.  Plan to spend time at the Hang Space to network with bloggers, subject experts, executives and VMworld Attendees.  It's the perfect place to meet-up, get organized, catch up on news & email, blog, charge devices, or just relax with lounge seating, interactive games and beverages.

    » LIVE streamed Community Tech Talks (stage and seating)
    » VMware Communities Info Desk (meet VMware Community Mgrs)
    » CloudCred Pod (prizes based on Hands-on Lab tasks)
    » Blogger Tables (powerstrips and high speed wired internet)
    » Social Media Command Center (monitoring & publishing for VMworld social media)
    » Jumbo Screens for social media, General Session video broadcast & show highlights

    Solutions Exchange
    The Solutions Exchange offers fast-paced networking at the Sponsor & Exhibitor booths. Plan to spend time with company reps, watching demos, listening to theater presentations and meeting hundreds of attendees exploring this area. Don't forget to bring business cards or contact apps, as well as your backpack or swag bag to collect materials and goodies.

    Other Lounges
    Explore the various Lounges around the VMworld venue — from the Partner Lounge — to Advocacy Lounge — to Certification Lounge — to Alumni Lounge.  Each of these lounges offers a unique networking experience based on different audiences. Check the Conference maps for exact location of each.

Social Media Offerings and Opportunities
For a summary of all offerings, visit our VMworld Social Media & Community page or download the Social Media Guide . Please share this with your peers.

    VMworld Mobile App
    We highly recommend all attendees download and use the Mobile App this year. It has been refreshed for 2014 and integrated with social media, session and schedule info (with hashtags to tweet about specific sessions), daily agenda highlights and even a mobile game for attendees with leaderboard. The mobile app will be available for download for both iOS and Android devices from Mobile App Stores. (mid-Aug for U.S. and Oct for Europe).

    VMworld Hashtags
    The official VMworld conference hashtag is #vmworld. We are also encouraging fun hashtags such as #vmworld3word (your best 3-word tweet) and #vmworldselfie (for selfies and group pics). Hashtags are also available for every Session & Lab by making a hashtag out of any SessionID or LabID (remove all dashes).  For more details on hashtags and to view realtime VMworld Twitter streams, visit VMworld Twitter Hashtags.

    VMworld Discussions
    Post VMworld discussions, reply to threads, share Q&A or upload documents for the community at our VMworld Discussion Forum. This is a great place to connect with other attendees, browse topics or reach out to the Event staff. If you prefer Twitter, use the VMworld hashtags listed above to view conversations, network and post your tweets.

    VMworld Bloggers
    Blogger tables will be setup in the Hang Space and at the front of the General Session theater for use by VMworld bloggers. Blogger buttons will be available at the Hang Space tables and an unofficial Blogger list is available online along with a rollup of blog posts from contributing bloggers. View and signup at VMworld Bloggers

    VMworld Videos
    At the Hang Space, there will be a Community Tech Talks stage with LIVE streaming video for sessions throughout the week. In the lobby of Moscone South, theCUBE, hosted by SiliconAngle and Wikibon, will be LIVE streaming interviews with executives, tech influencers and analysts. And roaming the conference hallways will be our own VMworld TV crew, providing conference highlights and interviews. Watch it all online and learn about schedules and signup at VMworld Videos.

    VMworld Photo & Video Sharing
    If you plan to take photos at VMworld, please tag them with #vmworld or #vmworldselfie and share them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. For any videos you create, please upload them to YouTube, Vimeo or try short video loops using Vine App and Instagram.

    VMworld Gatherings
    Plan time in your schedules for both official and unofficial conference events, community gatherings and sponsor parties — happening all week, night and day. We’ve put together a VMworld Gatherings list for you – and if you have an additional gathering you wish to add, please use the submission form on this page.

VMworld Channels / Social Networks

Here is a quick rundown on VMworld Social Media accounts to follow or subscribe to:
Follow @vmworld on Twitter
Subscribe to VMworld TV on YouTube
Subscribe to the VMworld Conference Blog
Like the VMworld Page on Facebook
Follow the VMworld Page on Google+
Join the VMworld Group on LinkedIn
Follow the VMworld Pinterest Boards
Follow the VMworld Instagram Account
View the VMworld Flickr Photosets
Check-in at VMworld 2014 locations on Foursquare

For anyone attending, I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible — and for those online, I hope you can join the VMworld conversations or follow along with the wide range of social media and community offerings that VMworld offers. If you would like to connect, you can find me on Twitter: @tony_dunn

Download the PDF: VMworld 2014 Social Media Guide
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http://download3.vmware.com/vmworld/2013/fira-gran-via.jpgVMworld 2013 Europe is gearing up for another exciting week of amazing networking, education, announcements and experiences.  Social Media has become the best source of sharing this among attendees and the rest of the world watching via social networks.

For an overview of the Social Media and Community channels, offerings and activity available for the conference in Barcelona, visit the following page on vmworld.com:
You can also download the VMworld 2013 Europe Social Media Guide (PDF)

Highlights include:
VMworld on Twitter (with signup for contributors - conference hashtag is #vmworld)
VMworld Bloggers (blog rollup with signup for contributors)
VMworld Gatherings (party & gathering list with signup for adding more)
VMworld Mobile App (Barcelona refresh available week of Oct 7th)
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Are you a Social Media influencer/follower, a VMware community member, a virtualization/cloud expert, or just a VMworld conference fan?  For all of these and all others attending or following the VMworld 2011 Conference, here is the guide you must view or download.

 

VMworld 2011 Social Media
"Survival Guide"

http://vmware.com/go/vmworld-socialmedia

 

Enough said... see you there or online!

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Social Media @ VMworld 2010

Posted by tdunn Aug 4, 2010
Whether you are attending VMworld 2010 or following the conference from afar, social media will thrive at VMworld 2010.  Be sure you get connected, know the key URLs, follow the VMworld channels and watch for daily announcements, highlights and activities.

The VMware Social Media team will be collaborating with social media teams from various sponsors, partners and attendees to bring everyone the best expereince possible and expand the messages and experiences from the conference - both in San Francisco and Copenhagen.

We have created a social media overview to highlight the following:
- Contacts & Key URLs
- Collaboration tools for contributors & gatherings
- Details of the Social Media & Blogger Lounge
- Blog, Twitter, Facebook and Video/Photo resources
- Discussion Forums
- Other social media options

View the Social Media overview at http://vmware.com/go/vmworld-socialmedia
And share this URL with others!

If you will be contributing to VMworld 2010 coverage, add your details at: http://vmware.com/go/vmworld-contributors.

If you would like to share any VMworld 2010 gatherings, please add those details at: http://vmware.com/go/vmworld-gatherings.

Please contact vmworld-socialmedia@vmware.com if you have any questions.

Looking forward to connecting with everyone at VMworld 2010!
~ Tony Dunn, VMware Social Media & Communities
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A blog entry can be almost anything ? your thoughts and observations on the industry, your experiences, notes on a session, an interview, or a photo essay. A photo is worth a thousand words, and a video can be worth a million. We want to find the blog entry, photo, and video that best exemplify both the VMworld 2009 conference and this year's theme:

 

"Hello Freedom"

 

The winner of this contest will be the creative entries that best capture either the experience of being at VMworld 2009 or the freedom of virtualizing your business infrastructure ? and if you can do both at the same time, all the better.

 

We will pick a winner for best blog, best photo(s), best video and eventually, best overal conference contribution.

 

So get out your camcorder, digital camera, iPhone, Blackberry, laptop or just put on your blogger cap and share your experience.  Bring the conference to life and win a prize in the process!

 

*Learn about contest details, prizes and nominations*

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