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VMworld 2014 U.S. Wrap-up

Posted by Tony Dunn Aug 30, 2014
What a great week at VMworld 2014 in San Francisco! As we wind down to recharge and then gear up for VMworld 2014 in Barcelona, here are a few resources to help wrap-up:

Blogs on news and announcements:
VMworld 2014 Bloggers Rollup
VMware Tribal Knowledge Blog wrap-up

Video playlists on VMworld TV (YouTube):
VMworld 2014 U.S. Highlights from San Francisco
VMworld 2014 U.S. Keynotes and Top Sessions
VMworld 2014 U.S. Interviews by theCUBE
VMworld 2014 U.S. Community Tech Talks (vBrownBag)

NEW! Watch video recordings of the Top 10 Sessions for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from VMworld 2014 U.S. (available for everyone). Scroll through the pages for top 10 from all 3 days. For all sessions, you must be a paid VMworld 2014 U.S. attendee.  Attendees will be notified when available in early September.

Watch for variety of offerings from our VMworld Social Media & Community page as we head into VMworld 2014 Europe. For example, the VMworld team curated a series of community postings into a VMworld Storify account. We will also be posting VMworld 2014 photo albums on Facebook, Flickr, Instagram, Pinterest.


VMworld 2014 Social Stream
NEW this year, we are offering a VMworld 2014 Social Stream of postings and photos from Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, directly from you, our community.  Watch this stream and participate by adding the #vmworld hashtag to any of your postings to appear in the stream.  This will be running for all of VMworld 2014 — from San Francisco through to Barcelona!.

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VMworld Sessions Online

Posted by Tony Dunn Aug 8, 2014
If you are planning your schedule of sessions and labs for VMworld 2014, you are among hundreds or thousands of other attendees doing the same.  As you login to Schedule Builder and start building your schedule, or browse through Content Catalog, be sure to take the time to research the session details, speaker info, and time/location. NOTE: Remember to leave enough time between sessions to walk or travel between locations.  

Session Guidance
Utilize online networking with other attendees, past alumni and Partners for suggested sessions and labs to attend. Leverage the VMworld community for recommendations, but ultimately choose the best sessions to attend for yourself, based on your learning needs and goals. Here are a few posts from VMware and the community on suggested sessions:
Yellow Bricks | Chris Wolf | VirtualGeek | VMware VSAN Team | VMware PowerCLI Team | VMware Cloud Mgmt Team | VMware EUC Team

Session & Lab Hashtags
Utilize online networking with other attendees and alumni for any suggestions or recommendations they may have. You can also view conversations and comments for specific sessions or labs Twitter, using hashtags available for each. The SessionID or LabID is the actual Hashtag on Twitter (SessionID BCO1152 would be #BCO1152). You will find some tweets already posted, others just beginning.  If you are attending or involved in any of these sessions or labs, please start or expand this conversation by including the #VMworld hashtag for further reach. Learn more

VMworld TV on YouTube
There are a few 2014 session preview videos posted on VMworld TV (look for more later).  There are also dozens of session video recordings (2013, 2012, etc.) posted on VMworld TV to help get a sense of what the breakout sessions are like. Be sure to Subscribe to VMworld TV to stay informed of the latest uploads, especially the new 2014 top sessions.

VMworld.com Online Sessions
Most of VMworld 2013 breakout sessions (recordings and resources available) can now be accessed and viewed at VMworld Online Sessions (2013 back to 2004) without an attendee subscription, by logging in with your vmworld.com account. NOTE: VMworld 2014 Sessions will be made available online to all paid attendees (only) following the conference.

Another great resource available is our VMworld SlideShare channel.  Here you can browse or search for the presentation slides from all VMworld 2013 breakout sessions.  These are great for reviewing sessions online or offline when deciding what to attend in 2014. Be sure to Follow our SlideShare channel to stay informed of new slides posted for 2014 sessions.

Please take the surveys onsite or by mobile device to help us with feedback and improving the overall experience and offerings.  We hope eveyone has a great session and lab experience at VMworld 2014 this year!
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VMUG will be hosting a number of fun activities while at VMworld and we want to see you there!
You can start by picking up your free VMUG shirt at registration from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. We are asking all VMUG members to wear their green shirts on Tuesday for the VMUG Green Out. Be spotted in a green VMUG shirt on Tuesday and you could win!

Stop by the VMUG Booth #1037

The VMUG Booth in the Solutions Exchange will be our base of operations for the week. Stop by and see us at the booth to get the latest VMUG information, win some great giveaways, and post your picture on our member wall! You’ll have a chance to win an Alienware 14 gaming laptop by picking up a card at the VMUG and Global Knowledge Booth (#534).

The VMUG Booth is also the place to meet the VMUG Board of Directors, Leaders, and your fellow members. We encourage you to use the VMUG Booth as a meeting place – feel free to hang out!

Along with the Solutions Exchange, VMUG will be joining in the VMworld activities for:

  • VMUG is excited to sponsor VMunderground (blog)
  • A hosted VMUG table at the TAM lunch on Sunday
  • Spousetivities- Is your spouse or partner joining you in San Francisco? Hook them up with the Spousetivities crew so they can have some fun while you're attending VMworld sessions


Join in the VMUG 5 Week Challenge!

Starting on July 21st, VMUG will post a new challenge on Twitter every Monday at 10:00 a.m. CST.  Complete the challenge each week, and you’ll be enter to win one of four VMunderground passes, a VMworld party you won’t want to miss!

VMUG Advantage

Join us at the VMUG booth to learn more about all of the discounts on training, software and more! VMworld attendees will receive a special discount when you purchase on-site.

Calling all current subscribers: Stop by the VMUG booth to win some great prizes and pick up your complimentary VMUG Advantage shirt!

For the latest updates on VMUG’s activities at VMworld, visit our VMUG at VMworld page and follow us on Twitter @MyVMUG.

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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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Twitter takes center stage once again at VMworld 2013.  With global audiences tuning into VMworld, Twitter can provide realtime information for announcements, show highlights, trending conversations and insights.  Be aware of how to connect with VMworld information on Twitter for quick access to knowledge, resources and networking with other Twitter users.
Conference Hashtags
#vmworld > add to your tweets for max reach
#vmworld3word > add to creative 3-word tweets
Session & Lab Hashtags
This year, you can tweet about specific VMworld Sessions & Labs, using individual hashtags.  Just add a # in from of any SessionID or LabID and add it to your tweets.  Or search Twitter for these same hashtags.  These hashtags will also be listed within Sessions & Labs abstracts in the Content Catalog and Schedule Builder.  View Session & Lab hashtags by track/topic.
Signup to be a Twitter Contributor
If you plan to provide VMworld 2013 coverage on Twitter, you can signup for the San Francisco Contributors List or the Barcelona Contributors List.
Live Twitter Streams
You can watch live VMworld Twitter streams online or visit the Hang Space at VMworld and watch live streams on the Digital Big Screens.  We are pulling VMworld hashtags into all of our streams, so you can tweet content and see it displayed (usually realtime, depending on traffic load and activity at that time).
Twitter Name on Attendee Badges
If you want your Twitter name printed on your badge, be sure you have added this in your registration w/ opt-in checked.  If you missed this, you can go back into registration to edit.

To view realtime VMworld Twitter activity and all details above, visit: http://vmworld.com/community/twitter
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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"



Enough said... see you there or online!

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VMworld 2011 will be rocking the Twitter social streams over the next couple weeks.  If you are not on Twitter already, be sure to tune in during VMworld to observe how viral and explosive Twitter can be.  You can literally follow the entire show through tweets from attendees.

Main hashtag to use and search for is... #vmworld

View a feed of ALL VMworld mentions OR tweets from Twitter contributors
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VMworld 2011 is only days away -- are you connected?

Contributor Lists/Schedules (Las Vegas only)
- Twitter Contributors (add yourself if covering VMworld)
- Bloggers (add yourself if providing VMworld blog coverage)
- Community Lounge Meetups (propose a #vMeetup)
- VMware Community TV & Podcasting (propose a video or podcast)
- Gatherings, Tweetups & Parties (add your events)
- Solution Exchange/Booth Presentations (add your presentations)
- Promotions, Games & Contests (add your offerings)

- Use the #vmworld Twitter hashtag in all your tweets
- Search #vmworld in your own client/browser/device for coverage
- VMworld 2011 Las Vegas Twitter Contributors (add yourself if covering VMworld)
- Official list on Twitter for VMworld 2011 U.S. (follow this Twitter list)
- VMworld Twitter feeds page on VMworld.com (follow tweets on VMworld, contributors and sessions)
- View all VMware accounts on Twitter (follow these accounts for year-round highlights)
Note: Twitter @handles will be on VMworld attendee badges this year (field from registration form)

- VMworld Blog (subscribe to the RSS feed)
- VMworld 2011 Las Vegas Blogger List (add yourself if covering VMworld)
- VMworld Bloggers page on VMworld.com (provides feed of contributor blog posts + other blogs)
- View all VMware Blogs (subscribe to the RSS feed for each blog for year-round highlights)

Discussion Forums
- VMworld 2011 Discussion Forum and Documents/Wikis (subscribe to the RSS feed)
- VMware Community Discussion Forums (VMTN)

- VMworld.com videos page (YouTube, VMworld Live Streaming, TheCUBE reporting)
- VMworld TV (subscribe to our channel for the latest videos)
- View all VMware playlists on YouTube

- VMworld.com Facebook page (follow the VMworld feed)
- VMworld Facebook Wall (post questions, comments, photos -- or respond to other postings)
- View all VMware pages on Facebook ("Like" these accounts for year-round highlights)

- Post photos on our Facebook wall
- Post your photos into a Flickr account or group (be sure to tag all photos with "vmworld")
- Twitpic, Yfrog or Instagram (be sure to tag w/ "vmworld" or include #vmworld in all postings)
- VMworld.com Photos page (sign-in and post photos from the conference)

To be launched next week: "Experience VMworld 2011 Online" -- an online shared experience for the show following a daily agenda covering many of the events and activity via Twitter, Blogs, Video, Photos and more (no session access).  This is offered to provide an online show experience for anyone who can not attend the conference. It is also a great way for attendees to view more of the show content online that they miss in person.

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VMworld 2011 (Las Vegas) is fast approaching and VMworld tweets and blog postings are building momentum. To help collaboration and exposure for these social media efforts at the conference, we have created wiki documents on VMworld.com for Twitter and Blogger contributor lists.


VMworld attendees and non-attendees who will be contributing tweets or blog postings for can add themselves to these lists.  These lists are available for the community to view and share or to use for meet-ups and attendance checks at the conference.  We will also use this list of contributors to enable feeds of VMworld content on VMworld.com and at the conference.


Please share this blog and/or these links directly out to others using your social media channels:


Twitter Contributors: http://vmware.com/go/vmworld-twitter

Bloggers: http://vmware.com/go/vmworld-bloggers


Questions? Follow or send a tweet to @tony_dunn

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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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Create Your Own Personal Blog

To create a personal blog on VMworld.com, sign into your account, click on "Manage Account" in the top right corner of any page, click on the "Blog Posts" tab and then click on "Create a Personal Blog" or "Write a Blog Post" from within your account profile.

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