Today I received an automatic invite to the Flash on the Beach backnetwork. Now that is handy, or so I thought. I followed the links, expecting to find my details already filled out. They weren’t. I had to create a new username and password, so perhaps they’d appear when I did that. Nope. Two backnetworks supplied by the same company – Madgex Limited – with two copies of my data and no way for me to share it between the two.
Perhaps I’m just naive, after all these “social networks” are provided by the conference organisers to promote their conference and they are therefore unlikely to be interested in helping to promote others. But that’s not the point in my view. I want to share my profile across the two and I don’t much care what the conference organisers think. So for me, what could have been a great conference networking tool is ruined by poor implementation.
However I’m an eternal optimist. I’m a great believer in complaining when things are wrong, as they will never be put right otherwise. So perhaps Madgex will fix their product for me 😉