Archive for April 12th, 2007

wofford, wofford, uber alles…

Thursday, April 12th, 2007

I wish I could figure out how to put some nice umlauts over, I mean uber, the O’s in wofford for this title.

My friend Gina turned me on to this new artsy-fartsy networking site called Uber. I’m still kind of stumbling around on it, trying to figure out what it’s all about, but so far, so good. I’ve kind of ignored the whole friendster/myspace phenomenon, so I’m still unclear on this whole “social networking” concept, beyond the fact that it’s a wonderful thing for high schoolers to engage in whilst supposedly writing school papers when I’m substitute-teaching them.

If there’s one thing the web does well, it’s bringing folks together in ways that might not happen otherwise, and Uber seems to be focusing in on a particular group (the creative types) that could benefit from this. It seems kind of myspace-y, but a little cleaner, and more pro.
Since my relationship to the interweb has grown by leaps and bounds in under a year (wofflehouse was only born in July 2006), I’m suddenly getting the big “aha” about its usefulness in connecting me to new folks, and creating opportunities. It seems silly to grub for any more exposure than I already have, but I guess it comes down to this: I’m graduating frighteningly soon, and I’m definitely looking for new professional opportunities, whether those are teaching or showing my art in new venues. Much as I love this Bay Area art community, I think I’ve shown in every nonprofit space there is, and it’s time to cast the net a little wider. Uber seems to be a new avenue to try: I’d be curious to hear what experiences others have had with it thus far.