I am writing to invite every MaplePrimes member to join the new Maple Global Network group on LinkedIn, which you can find at this address:
My purpose in starting this group on LinkedIn is to bring Maple to a new audience and at the same time empower the Maple community with the unique professional networking tools that only LinkedIn provides. Please note that the Maple Global Network is intended to complement the MaplePrimes community, not replace it. I recently announced this new LinkedIn group on LinkedIn itself as well as on Usenet. When we have built up the Maple Global Network membership enough to have meaningful discussions, one of the first things I plan to do is tell them all about MaplePrimes, the most vibrant online Maple community around!
MaplePrimes certainly offers some wonderful resources which LinkedIn does not, such as the ability to use mathematical notation and upload and run Maple worksheets. What does LinkedIn offer that MaplePrimes does not? LinkedIn allows you to build a professional network of contacts who can help you advance your career, help you find jobs or fill job openings, and provide you with online recommendation letters. You can also use LinkedIn to earn recognition for your expertise in a wide range of areas, and you can join or start LinkedIn groups based on a wide range of common interests.
In short, LinkedIn is a very useful career development tool. Many Maplesoft employees have LinkedIn accounts, and some Maplesoft employees already belong to the Maple Global Network. Whereas MaplePrimes is hosted and administered by Maplesoft, the Maple Global Network is hosted by LinkedIn and administered by me, which provides an added level of independence which I believe will only benefit the Maple community.
I started the Maple Global Network group on LinkedIn to bring together users, developers, clients, consultants, academics, and professionals worldwide who do technical computing with Maple and related Maplesoft products like MapleSim, Maple T.A., and MapleNet. Please note that the Mathematica Users group on LinkedIn currently has about 120 more members than the Maple Global Network. We have a long way to go to catch up, so please join the Maple Global Network today, and encourage your colleagues to join us too. Thank you for your interest and support!
With best wishes,
Frederick W. Chapman, PhD
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA