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Publication: e-Journal of Nondestructive Testing (NDT) ISSN 1435-4934 (NDT.net Journal)
NDT.net launches MyNDT as a new Facebook-like Professional NetworkNDT.net113, Bad Breisig, Germany
NDT.net, a pioneer in e-publishing in the Internet, launches a new Facebook-like Professional Network for the NDT Community. In 1998 NDT.net started a profile database as a first Professional Network to make the discussion forums less anonymous. Today about 5000 members have registered in this Network. During this time Social Networks like Facebook in 2004 or LinkedIn in 2003 for professionals, came up and proved that billions of people like such new kind of platforms. Of course not just publishing peoples' profiles made it so popular moreover, certain essential functions are necessary for such success.
When Rolf Diederichs came up with the idea to start a new network for NDT, colleagues thought "Yes you can build a NDT or NDT.net group in Facebook or LinkedIn". However, this was not in his mind since he had already discovered some disadvantages of these Networks. "It is not because they are so bad, but many features would not suit the needs of NDT.net ", Rolf Diederichs says. For instance, is it possible to put an adobe pdf file on Facebook? You can't. You could only upload pictures or movies on Facebook. Can you interact with the discussion boards or other data in NDT.net? You can't.
A similar situation NDT.net faced some Years ago with its forums. Many discussion boards are available for free or little money but none could suits the needs for NDT.net. "We need interaction between forum and users profiles and much more other data in NDT.net like the article database and for that reason it is today so much appreciated.
We will program a professional Network ourself", said Rolf Diederichs. Now the first version of MyNDT is ready. More features could be added before a release, but will the NDT community like to use such thing? "Before we will invest in further features we wish to learn how the concepts will be accepted in general ", said Rolf Diederichs. Today the main features of an MyNDT account are:
- Comprehensive personal information sheet
- Multimedia Albums for Pictures,Videos, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, PDF of 10 MB maximal file size
- Comprehensive privacy settings
- Building your group of colleagues (invite function)
- Blog page to share with your colleagues
- News Feed page to see news of your Colleagues
- News notifications to and from colleagues
All current members of the forum database have been imported to MyNDT. Now Members can login to complete new profile fields and make use of the new features. A search for members of MyNDT is publicly available to give access to profiles of those members that do not wish to use the privacy options.