[uf-discuss] User Groups

Ryan King ryan at technorati.com
Wed Feb 28 10:43:04 PST 2007

On Feb 22, 2007, at 10:45 AM, Thom Shannon 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. 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.
> So I had the idea of promoting some sort of microformat convention,  
> such as creating an hCard for user groups and vCard for the meeting  
> events, then tagging all of those with something like "usergroup".  
> Then you could use technorati to search all the microformats with  
> that tag, and at some point you'll be able to filter them my area,  
> I may end up writing that "mashup" myself. It will also tap into  
> all the data on sites like upcoming.org. 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.

Please at least search the wiki before proposing a new format. A  
simple search for 'group' brings up:


There's also prior art in


Ryan King
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