Ben Langhinrichs

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Civility in critiquing the ideas of others is no vice. Rudeness in defending your own ideas is no virtue.


Mon 9 Jan 2012, 08:50 PM
It's a social world. IBM knows it. You know it.

Your customers know it.

If you want to be part of the action, you need to start by getting your social ids and photo in the Lotusphere Sessions database. Do you think Carl Kriger or Carl Tyler is going to get noticed? See the bottom of this post for a reminder of how to get into the database.

Dude, where's your face? 





Either send your photo (no more than 200px, optimal is 200x200) or let me know where I can get it. I have taken some from Google+, as it happens to use 200x200. As for adding your social ids, here is how:

On Google+, go to the Lotusphere Sessions G+ page and add the page to your circles. For some annoying reason, just +1ing the page doesn't give me access to your name and id.

On Facebook, go to the Lotusphere Sessions FB page and Like the page itself (not the post inside).

On Twitter, tweet your name and id to @blanghinrichs.

I still enter the photos and ids manually, so it isn't instantaneous, but this helps a great deal in getting accurate and timely information. Encourage your friends as well.  The more people who use it, the more other people will know to look for it.  

Copyright © 2012 Genii Software Ltd.

Mon 9 Jan 2012, 09:08 AM
Chris Toohey and Nathan Freeman both work in the same company. Both have blogs. Both are active in the community, and have been for years. I know that both of them are aggressively approachable people who interact with others, share their knowledge and would by most definitions fall into the "social networker" category.

I know that. You probably know that. But if a Lotusphere newbie looked into the Lotusphere Sessions db, these would be the two profiles they would see, and they would not know that. I do not say this in any way to criticize Nathan, whom I have known for years, but simply to point out that a fair number of you reading this post have a profile more like the second and less like the first. Below the image, I include (again) the ways you can have a profile more like Chris Toohey has (albeit with a less scary expression perhaps).





Either send your photo (no more than 200px, optimal is 200x200) or let me know where I can get it. I have taken some from Google+, as it happens to use 200x200. As for adding your social ids, here is how:

On Google+, go to the Lotusphere Sessions G+ page and add the page to your circles. For some annoying reason, just +1ing the page doesn't give me access to your name and id.

On Facebook, go to the Lotusphere Sessions FB page and Like the page itself (not the post inside).

On Twitter, tweet your name and id to @blanghinrichs.

I still enter the photos and ids manually, so it isn't instantaneous, but this helps a great deal in getting accurate and timely information. Encourage your friends as well.  The more people who use it, the more other people will know to look for it.

Copyright © 2012 Genii Software Ltd.

Mon 9 Jan 2012, 06:24 AM
I know it is last minute, but due to a suggestion by Kathy Brown, I'd added a photo to the Person page. Anybody can get their photo in there, but if you want one that favors you, send it along to me via email at  and I'll add it. Please make sure the height is no more than about 200px. Optimal is 200x200.

Of course, if you don't send along a photo, I might be able to use one from Facebook or Google+ or Twitter if you have those and have given me an id. Or I might just grab one from the web:



Copyright © 2012 Genii Software Ltd.