Discovering The OpenWine Consortium

by Eve Resnick on February 29, 2008

in General

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:

- The European Wine Bloggers Conference at the end of August 2008;
- The Monthly Site Review Forum: this month, the very promising ablegrape.com search engine is under scrutiny.

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.

{ 3 comments }

1 Robert McIntosh February 29, 2008 at 11:18 pm

Great to see you so excited. Many thanks for supporting all our projects, and i could not agree more with your analysis.

I hope we get to meet in person soon.

2 Marshall March 1, 2008 at 12:11 am

I have been very impressed with the OWC so far. Within a week or so of joining, I’m already recruiting new wineries for WineQ! I run the Online Wine Stores group on OWC, though technically, WineQ is an online wine club.

3 JuiceCowboy March 1, 2008 at 12:13 am

Evelyn,

Thanks for the kind words! OWC has been surprising success even in the eyes of those who had high expectations for it!

Glad you could join and looking forward to getting to know you (and all the others I’ve met along the way).

By the way, we hit 402 as of 4:10pm Pacific Standard time (California).

Cheers!

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