ECN introduces RAMP

On April 24th, ECN introduced RAMP. A Recognition, Award, and Motivation Program for the ECN community. Reward systems and recognition are not new to online tech communities. It’s been around long before the term “gamification” was coined. Points and badges are awarded for community contributions and completing “missions”. There will be some live missions to be completed at EMC World 2012 in Vegas next month. I like the ECN community, I always mean to book some time every week to take some time to engage there to share and learn from and with others. Given that I’m neck deep in EMC technologies right now I really should make a better effort. My personal data map dance card is getting increasingly full. When I say data map, I’m referring to all my online engagement and tracking. Here is a break down of my data map and some interconnects.

I find an interesting webpage and want to save it. I bookmark it on Delicious. My personal website has a plugin that lists my Delicious bookmarks. Delicious itself has a sharing option where any and all links I tweet are automatically bookmarked. My twitter is also connected to LinkedIn and will update my status there based on a tweet. Also every time I upload or favorite a video on YouTube this is shared on twitter and pushed to LinkedIn. This is just a small potion of my data map. There is also GetGlue to track media consumption, Nike plus to track my runs and not to mention foursquare and socialcast.  Some of these social networks also engage gamification in different ways. The first thing I look for on a new online community is how I can integrate it with all the other networks in my data map? I’m looking forward to seeing this in ECN and RAMP. Here is my wish list.

Forward and reverse integration with twitter and LinkedIn. – Share badges, points, blog posts…basically push all ECN activity out and let the user granularily select what to share based on preferences. This activity will promote ECN out on these other social networks and draw in new users.

Automatically update my ECN blog space from a RSS feed on my hosted blog

Allow YouTube embed in create video section


I’m sure the smart guys at EMC already have these plans in the pipe. Looking forward to it.

Category: EMCWorld2012, random | 1 comment

  • Tyler Altrup says:

    Thank you for the kind words regarding RAMP, we are very proud of our Phase 1 launch.

    Regarding whether we plan to expand, we sure do!

    Even more importantly, we plan to engage the community, and users just like yourself, to find out where we should extend the program next.

    We want to find out what kinds of recognition, and rewards, are most important to our community–and implement accordingly.