Thanks for a wonderful Birthday Party!

Thanks once again for all your help in pulling together a smashing public celebration of the first year of — in less than a week!

Based on the drink ticket and badge counts (and dozens of photos on flickr), between 125-150 participants joined us to kick off a very successful week for the microformats community at MashPit, Wharton West, Supernova, and BarCamp. We saw at least two major announcements: Y! Local adding 10M+ hCards and hReviews, and ~500K hListings from Edgeio.

t-shirt modeling in an elevator by Rohit and Tantek

Another sign of our momentum was raising $5,250 in sponsorship on such short notice. The proceeds went towards several event costs, subsidizing T-shirts, and reserves for the future — stay tuned for a reissue of the classic wallet magnifier cards…

While Tantek and Chris deserve all credit for initiating the event and soliciting sponsors; and both Ryan King and Tara Hunt helped immensely on the spot, I cannot say enough about how effective Sonya Schaefer (CommerceNet’s interim marketing leader) was in making this actually happen.

micro-dessert buffet

She scrambled to scout out a venue, negotiated down the fee from thousands to free, made sure there was entertainment and flowers, and easily halved our catering budget by purchasing, transporting, presenting, and decorating our “micro-food” dessert buffet herself! I was out of town much of that week, so I can testify that it simply would not have come together as professionally as it did without her.

Thanks again to all of you, all of our sponsors, and most of all, our supporters, advocates, and developers — the community that’s going to lead one of the most dramatic technology adoption ramps on the Web since blogging!

Lead Sponsor:
CommerceNet, Technorati, Yahoo!
Automattic, Citizen Agency, Supernova

18 Responses to “Thanks for a wonderful Birthday Party!”

  1. Henrioque Costa Pereira :

    Happy Birthday Microformats! Cheers…

    I’m just sad because nobody from US send me an e-mail to help me to buy one Microformats t-shirt :D. The store is not prepare to sell to another countrys…

    July 2nd, 2006 at 2:25 pm

  2. sonagi’s blog! » Happy Birthday,! :

    [...] @Thanks for a wonderful Birthday Party [...]

    July 3rd, 2006 at 2:52 pm

  3. jon fisher :

    where can i buy a t-shirt??? pretty please.

    July 8th, 2006 at 6:27 am

  4. Molly E. Holzschlag :

    Congrats everyone! Looking forward to more exciting things from :)


    July 9th, 2006 at 9:44 am

  5. Chuck :

    So, is kinda incompetent, eh? I was trying to create an account in their wiki section and it kept telling me “invalid username” no matter what kind of username I used. So, *why* was the username invalid? Or was the real error something else and the programmer was too lazy to provide an accurate error message?

    Also, what the heck is everyone thinking by talking about REST without ever defining the term? Do you really expect that every single person who comes to your site will have already read every single page in your site? At the very least, you should make REST a link to a page that defines the term.

    July 15th, 2006 at 4:29 pm

  6. Dmitry Baranovskiy :

    Sorry for writing here, but how could I submit another localisation for XFN Creator 1.1?

    July 17th, 2006 at 9:48 pm

  7. Maksim Rossomachin :

    Colleagues, sorry for offtopic (where is contact email?).
    I’m want to translate basic pages (like “About”) on Russian. Ex-USSR must know about microformats.

    What about pages like

    And may be others languages can be accepted for future translations?

    Contact me please: Maksim Rossomachin,, Russian Federation.

    WSG member.

    July 22nd, 2006 at 7:58 am

  8. Uday Subbarayan :

    folks, i have created a yahoo group, to discuss microformats.
    (details on my blog)

    If anyone interested, go ahead & subscribe to it.
    (little intro about yourself will help to maintain this group.)

    -uday s.

    July 24th, 2006 at 2:10 pm

  9. Tantek :

    One of the key principles of microformats is that we first look for pre-existing solutions before inventing our own.

    Uday, why not simply subscribe to the existing microformats-discuss mailing list rather than creating a new yahoo group? See the discuss link at the top of the page.



    July 26th, 2006 at 5:06 pm

  10. Uday Subbarayan :

    I jumped the gun, without looking at the existing mailing list and I AGREE that there is no need to setup another list like yahoogroups to discuss it. I will deactivate it…

    sorry for the confusion.


    July 26th, 2006 at 8:28 pm

  11. Lesard Generators :

    Happy Birthday Microformats!

    July 28th, 2006 at 5:21 am

  12. Party :

    This must have been a really good party. See you soon sometimes again. Greetings from Schwarzenbek / Germany

    August 17th, 2006 at 12:13 am

  13. Plasma :

    Is it possible to get one of these amazing t-shirts?

    October 18th, 2006 at 2:14 pm

  14. CableGuy :

    A little late. Happy Birthday! :)

    November 5th, 2006 at 8:34 am

  15. Wolfgang :

    Happy Birthday Microformats, as i´ve seen the photos, your parties seem to be real good. What is planned for next year???

    November 11th, 2006 at 6:09 am

  16. Dominik :

    Nice Pics. Hope you will have lots of Birthdays :)

    P.s. Your Ebook is Great…

    November 24th, 2006 at 10:28 am

  17. Ferienhaus Ostsee :

    Congrats everyone! Looking forward to more exciting things from :)

    November 27th, 2006 at 6:11 am

  18. Zauberer , Thomas :

    and happy birthday, took a while, so am a little late. But , you know it a comment from germany … a long way
    kind regards

    July 18th, 2007 at 4:43 am