17 March 2011 - 5:04am | by Maurice Coleman

Throughout the winter and spring of 2007 and 2008, I developed a wide flung network of professional friendships with trainers from around the country. We used blogs, email, conferences, and this new (to us) service Twitter to share information, resources, materials forming professional and personal bonds with my fellow trainers. Many conferences' casual conversations were always vital to creating the informal learning opportunities that are at the heart of rich conference experiences. I wanted to recreate that conference experience more than once or twice a year.