A few days ago I was invited by wine professional and blogger Robert McIntosh to join the OpenWine Consortium, a new community of professionals and wine lovers more specifically dedicated to my passion, Web Marketing and Wine 2.0. Being a big fan of forums and communities, I jumped in to join and since then I joined several groups, met friends I know from the wine industry, was invited as friend by professionals feeling we shared the same ideas and concepts and invited other people to join.
What is so special about OpenWine Consortium or OWC? It is a professional community dedicated to better the use of the Web and technology in the wine business. What I really liked when joining was the very matter-of-fact and efficient way of doing things. The community is still very new but it has already two big projects:
Groups are created and they’re very active. People keep joining and the community is growing fast: when I joined last week, there were about 100 people; by today, there are 398. I’m sure that by the end of the weekend, there will be over 400. It is growing in numbers but also in quality as new members are coopted or join because of their professionalism.
Groups are very diverse and attract interest: you can meet the “Wine Bloggers”, be part of the project of the European Wine bloggers Conference – even if you can’t attend, you can share your ideas and be part of the discussion -, discover the Wine Import and Export Group, the Wine Podcast Producers, the European Community whose purpose is to understand the differences between the Old and the New World, and many others.
OWC is a lively, professional and pragmatic community and I can only encourage you to join.