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Technical Writing World – A Social Network for Technical Writers

2nd June 2011 Posted in Blog, Social Media, Technical Writers 6 Comments

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Just when you thought there were enough social networks in the world…Technical Writing World emerges.  Created by technical writers for technical writers, this free social network appears to offer something new to the world of networking – a place for professional development and camaraderie.  While LinkedIn can offer similar groups, a purely technical writing website is an interesting offering – and one that deserves more exploration.

What Technical Writing World Includes

At the time of writing, there were over 450 members at Technical Writing World.  These members are discussing questions about their projects via a forum, expressing their thoughts about technical writing via personal blogs on the site, and sharing events that might excite technical writers.  Similar to other social networks, members can interact with each other as much or as little as they might like, while also getting supports and information when they need it.

True, the site isn’t pretty – yet – but it certainly seems to offer a place for technical writers to talk about their process and problems along the way.

Created by Arnold Burian, Technical Writing World is meant to be as inclusive as possible, while also as useful as possible.  In addition, Burian is committed to keeping the site transparent.  With this feature, technical writing will no longer be something mysterious or dull.  This site is made to be dynamic and engaging, even if you’re new to the field.

Technical Writing World includes:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Friend lists
  • Forums
  • Blogs
  • Events
  • Status updates
  • Profile pages
  • Activity feeds

And while this might sound like an overly dull (read: boring) site to those who aren’t technical writers, the humorous pictures of writing gone wrong help to break things up.  The members are a lively bunch, and, with time, they’re certain to be the next wave in social networking.

You can sign up today in a manner of minutes, helping you get connected to those who share your writing world.

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  1. By Laurin Mardenon 2nd, June 2011 at 7:22 pm

    just tried to join, but it’s asking me for a three letter acronym for a popular technical writing organization. I tried STD, TWW – neither works. seems like a stupid hoop to have to jump through.

  2. By Laurin Mardenon 2nd, June 2011 at 7:24 pm

    STC worked. But again, stupid question.

  3. By editoron 2nd, June 2011 at 7:32 pm

    Thanks for stopping by and telling us about your experience. When I signed up, I just took it as a way for them to cut back on robo spam. But the point is, your membership is subject to approval anyway. Maybe it cuts down on the number of approval requests they have to process (would be my guess).

  4. By Arnold Burianon 2nd, June 2011 at 10:22 pm

    That’s the case, actually. Human spammers can easily bypass a captcha, and start spamming. It’s hard to determine whether to approve someone or not…we thought having a question specific to technical writers would help alleviate this problem.

    Would it help if we changed the question from “popular technical writing organization” to “largest technical writing organization”…(to make it clearer)? We’re also open to any other ideas.

  5. By editoron 3rd, June 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Thanks for stopping in to join the conversation and ask for ideas. I’m not sure I can offer much that would help. My original impression was that the question showed bias toward the STC, to which many, but not all, tech writers and communicators belong. While the Society is international, I have no idea as to its relative popularity in other parts of the world, and TWW seems to be holding itself out as a global network.

    I can certainly appreciate your dilemma in trying to use some sort of filter, but I’m asking other readers to chime in with their thoughts, too. It would seem there should be some way to get to the point where only one answer would be correct and it would be obvious to the people you are targeting to join. Maybe “largest technical communications organization”, since “largest” in place of “popular” (as you suggested) would seem to narrow it down.

  6. By Arnold Burianon 3rd, June 2011 at 6:25 pm

    i replaced the little quiz with a standard captcha.

    Thanks for your input!

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