[colug-432] Publicizing technical events (Re: Hadoop interest ?)

Jeff Frontz jeff.frontz at gmail.com
Wed Dec 15 13:51:30 EST 2010

Argh, I keep forgetting that this mailing list is set to "replies only go to
the original poster" (is that a per-subscriber setting?  I HATE it...).  I
sent this out yesterday, but only to Christopher.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Jeff Frontz <jeff.frontz at gmail.com>
Date: Tue, Dec 14, 2010 at 12:03 PM
Subject: Publicizing technical events (Re: [colug-432] Hadoop interest ?)
To: Christopher Stolfi <stolfi at gmail.com>

Several of us have been talking about how to better publicize technical
events around town.  The default answers seem to be "put it on techlife
columbus and tweet it up to everyone you know, as well as put it out to
every sect's local mailing list that you can find".  These aren't the most
satisfying.  Techlife columbus, er, ohio (a meetup) tends to be dominated by
marketing, finance, SEO, and other non-technical things -- as well as lately
being the target of spam -- and is eschewed by a huge proportion of the
technical contingent; twitter similarly suffers from lack of mass appeal
(I'm assuming because of the even lower SNR and otherwise "toy-like" sense
about it-- it reminds me of netnews suffering from ADHD).  And the whole
"figure out all the lists, which ones are still active, which ones require a
secret handshake,..." is not a lot of fun either.

I keep hoping there will be a solution that makes itself apparent but
nothing seems to spring up.  I think there needs to be something that can be
tailored to your interests (both technical as well as geographic) but that
still alerts you to things that attract larger than usual interest (e.g.,
tell me about linux, C/C++, and embedded things in the 614 and surrounding
area codes, tell me about anything that registers above a 5 on the
I-just-made-this-up-techno-buzz scale in the 614 and surrounding area codes,
above a 10 across the state, above a 20 in the surrounding states, and above
a 20 in the 408 area code -- where the technobuzz scale takes into account
local as well as non-local interest, weighting a little heavier on non-local
interest).  There is a site that could be almost like this (the name escapes
me, but it's based in the UK and focuses on software developers) but it
hasn't quite gotten the critical mass it needs.

Anybody want to work on something to make a site/service like that?


On Tue, Dec 14, 2010 at 11:32 AM, Christopher Stolfi <stolfi at gmail.com>wrote:

> Is there a better place to bring this topic up (hopefully to get a bit
> more traction)?
> -s
> On Mon, Dec 13, 2010 at 10:33 AM, Scott Merrill <skippy at skippy.net> wrote:
> > On Mon, Dec 13, 2010 at 10:05 AM, Christopher Stolfi <stolfi at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> >> I'm more of an Operations guy, so learning how to make these things
> >> withstand failures is tops on my list....
> >
> > +1 from me, for the same reason.
> >
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