[uf-discuss] User Groups

Thom Shannon thom at ts0.com
Thu Feb 22 13:20:27 PST 2007

I'm talking about regional user groups, like clubs. Where people meet
regularly and they tend to focus on certain technologies or interest
areas. It can be pretty difficult to find out whats in your own area
though because everyone does it slightly differently, a lot of people
are starting to use event sites like upcoming, many of which use

I want to try and promote microformats to these groups though, and
hopefully get people to ping pingerati so we can use it to search for
events. I guess I've got the idea pretty well formed in my head now,
just need to start pushing it.

Benjamin West wrote:
> Hi Thom,
> On 2/22/07, Thom Shannon <thom at ts0.com> wrote:
>> I'm trying to come up with a way to join the huge network of user groups
>> out there and make it easier to find user groups in your area.
> Sorry, I'm a little confused: what network of user groups?  What's a 
> user group?
>> The
>> obvious solution would be to create a website where people go and add
>> their group. I can't imagine if I setup such a site the take up would be
>> that huge, plus the data would quickly get stale.
> I think you're on the right track here... a decentralized mash up
> would be better and cooler.
>> My problem is that I'm not sure how to come up
>> with the right convention to start promoting, is a tag like "usergroup"
>> a good idea? There are very few examples of people using it, but I can't
>> find anything else specific that's used much.
> I'm still a little confused on the overall idea.  However, it sounds
> interesting.  Developing a convention/technique sounds like the right
> idea.  I would suggest not looking for people using "usergroup" as a
> tag.  I would suggest looking for examples of people doing similar use
> cases.  Perhaps you could elaborate a bit more on the use case you are
> trying to facilitate?
> -Ben
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