I am now a proud member of the ISOC [Internet Society]. I went to their web site and signed up. It was free. And Iím sure Iím going to have a lot of fun with this new membership.
The ISOC is mentioned in numerous books on the Internet. Itís supposed to be the organization that oversees the IETF [Internet Engineering Task Force]. Sounds pretty official, doesnít it?
Iíve been hearing about these two organizations since Iíve been online. They sound intimidating. They sound official. Isnít that wonderful? Well, I hope so.
Being a member of ISOC is meaningless in itself. From what Iíve seen so far, itís participation in the various mailing lists thatís the ďmeatĒ of the ISOC. Iím going to slowly explore this group and see what itís really all about.
At the same time, I explored the site of the IETF. Iíve always wanted to belong to the IETF. I thought it was something big and exciting. It might be. There is no membership in the IETF. All the work is done in working groups (mailing lists). I looked at the list of working groups and I couldnít decide which group to join. As soon as I figure that one out, Iíll be a part of that too.
Theyíre both going on my next resume.
Iíve been thinking about these kinds of things. There are so many meaningless things that impress management. This is probably another one of those things. Itís something theyíve vaguely heard about. It sounds official. Yet, they probably donít have a clue as to what membership or involvement in such a society would entail.
Putting it on my resume will tell me a lot about a future employer. If they are impressed by it and donít ask details about the extent of my involvement, Iíll know theyíre non-technical managers (regardless of their title). If they ask and try to ďcall me on it,Ē Iíll know that I would be working for someone who knows at least a little about the Internet. If they donít mention it at all, it doesnít tell me any less than if I didnít have it on my resume. Itís worth a shot.
Although the main reason I joined was to put something goofy on a future resume, I still had other motives. Perhaps the lists will have some intelligent discussion regarding subjects I enjoy. And maybe I can learn something from watching the discussion. My biggest and best hope is that the discussion is over my head. That will prompt me to learn more and delve deeply into the protocol being discussed. I could use a challenge. At the very least, I will find out first-hand about these organizations.
Also, I think thereís a deeper itch. Itís the same itch that prompted me to write the FAQ for a Usenet group that I once frequented. Yes, I wrote an official FAQ for a newsgroup. Iím a part of Internet history. No, you wonít read about me in some book on the history of the Internet. Not yet.
Posted by BlueWolf on July 25, 2002 11:24 PM