Wednesday, September 22, 2010

A new kind of online speaker profile: The topic cloud

I know I just told you about Lanyrd, the "social conference directory" that lets you explore conferences, speakers, topics and more--and better yet, add past and present speeches and presentations (your own or those of others), making it a good roster of experience for speakers.

But Lanyrd's moving fast with new features, and  now supports specific conference sessions as well as whole conferences.  As a result, when speakers tag their topics within sessions, the tags become a "word cloud" on your profile under the heading "Speaks about," as shown in the sample profile at left. The session pages have shorter URLs, making them perfect for sharing on your slides or on Twitter. I think that makes this an even more useful online networking tool for speakers who want to promote their experience and expertise.  Let me know in the comments if you're trying this new tool.

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