If you are interested in topics around social search and collaborative search, make plans to visit Redmond, Washington in February. Nestled neatly between the WSDM 2012 (February 8-12) and the CSCW 2012 (February 11-15) conferences, you will find the Social Search Social (February 11, 5-8pm).
We are organizing this to create an opportunity for people to get together over drinks and snacks (thanks MSR!) to discuss topics related to collaboration in information retrieval in a friendly atmosphere, to help people learn about the research, to form new connections, and, yes, to be social!
Hope to see you there!