Time Flies and a Community Emerges!

For as long as I can remember, I’ve heard people say, “the older you get the faster time flies.” I had no idea what they meant until recently when I begin to notice the holidays (for those of us in the United States) running together. These days, New Year’s Day becomes Memorial Day in the blink of an eye, Memorial Day morphs into 4th of July, and Labor Day might as well be Thanksgiving Day. Now I’m a full-fledged convert of the “time flies” mentality.

So what does this have to do with the Intellogist blog? Amazingly, we are in our SIXTH week of our six month long challenge to grow the Intellogist community, garner more repeat visits, and create more involvement within our registered user base. If you have not been following this series you can quickly get up to speed by reading our first post, A Call to Action, and our most recent weekly update, More Social Networking? Bring It On!

We’re off to a good start. On two separate days last week we had more daily visitors than we’ve had since we launched Intellogist in April 2009. More users are creating their Intellogist profiles and contributing to our Best Practices, Community Reports, and Glossary sections and we’ve had some interesting posts on our Discussion Forum lately: one of our users is considering entering the patent industry and would love to hear your advice. Another discussion centers around patent clustering tools. (go to the bottom of the threads to see the most recent posts). But, even with all this activity, we know we still have a long way to go.

For the last reporting period, February 26 through March 4, our weekly numbers are as follows:

  • We had 1,005 visits from 777 visitors. In the previous week we had 1,181 visits from 932 visitors. Our goal is to increase our traffic to 5,200 visits per month.
  • We had 381 visits from returning visitors. In the previous week, we had 448 visits. Our goal is to achieve 2,560 return visits per month.
  • We had two user contributions this week:

    Our goal is to have 50 additional user contributions to the wiki sections of Intellogist.

  • We did not have any votes on our Ratings pages this week for PatBase, QPAT, TotalPatent, or Thomson Innovation. The current totals in the Overall Rating category are:
    • 21 votes on PatBase (0 new votes since last week)
    • 13 votes on QPAT (0 new votes since last week)
    • 7 votes on Thomson Innovation (0 new votes since last week)
    • 9 votes on TotalPatent (0 new votes since last week)
  • We had 21 new users register on Intellogist. What follows is a sampling of members from our global community. To see the entire list of members, visit our Community Page:
    • AdamHajjar, an intellectual property manager from the United Kingdom
    • Bfletcher, a patent attorney from Virginia, USA
    • Loughbrt, an information management specialist from the United Kingdom
    • Olga Ivanchikova, from Belgium
    • Debimelillo, a director of events and distance learning from Connecticut, USA

We encourage all Intellogist users to complete their social profiles! To do this, log in to Intellogist, and click the username that appears in the upper right hand corner of the page, or click on your user avatar which appears on the left side of the window under the “HOT Items” section. When your profile page loads, select the “Edit Profile” link next to your avatar.

After you’ve created a profile you can connect with others users on Intellogist and build your own social network of patent professionals! Just visit the Community Page to locate people with similar interests and request a friendship (open the user’s profile and click the “Add as friend” link which appears under the username at the top of the page). If the person accepts your friend request, his/her avatar will appear on your profile page in your list of friends so you can quickly access that person’s profile again in the future. Once you’ve established a network of friends, you can send them messages directly through Intellogist using our “Board Blast” feature. The feature will even send e-mail to your friends (if they’ve enabled this feature in their preferences) letting them know you’ve written a message.

Intellogist not only provides valuable resources for prior art searching such as our Interactive Patent Coverage Map and Resource Finder, it allows you to share your expertise and connect with other people from around the world who have similar interests. If you haven’t done so yet, join Intellogist today, get involved, and discover what a worldwide patent community can do for you.

Patent Resources Group

This post was contributed by Intellogist team member Julie Cook.

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