With Social Media exploding, F5 solutions supporting Web 2.0 applications and many experts saying 'Get On the Social Bus or Get Lost,' we've been exploring ways to introduce & extend the F5 brand into those communities. Of course, learning, conversing and understanding the challenges in the marketplace and how best to solve them is also part of the venture. Up front, I want to say these are not replacements to our groundbreaking Social Site, DevCentral but extensions of F5 in places we've never been. DevCentral will always be our primary community with exclusive content all with the purpose of serving and sharing with you all the awesomeness of BIG-IP. We also understand, however, that folks like yourselves get content and information from a varity of sources whether it be for entertainment, technical knowledge or both.

To that end, we'd like to share with you our current active social sites and ask, if you so desire, to join, become friends and participate in these communities just as you do here. It'll be a little different but still fun. I also thought I'd chronicle, at times, some of our Social Media experiences here - successes, mistakes, experiences and other anecdotal stories to share. I even have one now! At first we went out and signed up/created a bunch of sites but then I saw this article on the 7 deadly sins of social media and realized Gluttony was creeping in. We needed to focus on a few. So, for your social pleasure here are a few of our most active Social Media sites.

MySpace: www.myspace.com/f5networks

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1564450374

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/f5networksinc

Twitter: http://twitter.com/f5networks

We'll start with those and add as new ones emerge. Also, if you have social sites where you'd like to see F5, please let us know! This medium is about listening. As Homer (Mr. Plow) says, 'Now we play the waiting game. OK the waiting game sucks, let's play Hungry, Hungry Hippos!'