Social Network Capability for Conference Apps

Over the past year I went to the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) conference.  If you have never been, it’s a sight (here is a link to the attendance until 2009 – where they had over 30000 in attendance).  Also, the poster session is enormous and a labyrinth if you don’t have a plan.  One good thing was that they had an app to help organize your schedule.  

My question is: why not have the ranking of those that put a poster/session on their schedule for new researchers to see the “hot topics”?  Also, the ability to follow who is going to what poster/session may help you see friends/colleagues or follow someone whose views you respect on the topics?

Obviously it’s easier to ask why they’re not there than to help implement it, but I think these would be the future of conferences, especially large ones.

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