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

Tyler Wymer twymer at gmail.com
Wed Dec 15 15:48:16 EST 2010

I don't think a mailing list of these would be as useful as simply
starting a new meetup group to serve as a technical meetings only
subset of the Techlife meetup group.

However in terms of a site, I don't think you'd need a "critical mass"
of members. The majority of technical groups in Columbus have meetup
pages. Their API would allow such a site to pull new meeting info from
these groups to go along with user submitted meetings. This would mean
that on launch with zero users, we would already have a more usable
list of information than we currently have.


On Wed, Dec 15, 2010 at 3:40 PM, Jeff Frontz <jeff.frontz at gmail.com> wrote:
> I don't know enough about lucene to say for certain, but I think it's
> effectively just a search engine, right?  Maybe I'm missing something, but I
> think Google works well enough for me for that.
> What I need is something that will actually notify me of events of interest
> (where I can define interest based on more than just a keyword -- I would
> like geographic and probably temporal constraints/weighting as well -- e.g.,
> "if the topic of the event is something that I'm vaguely interested in and
> the event occurs weekdays before 7:00pm and it occurs within the
> 43201/43210/43212/43202 ZIP codes, please notify me".  Oh, with the
> previously mentioned "if there is a large enough 'buzz' about an event
> outside these bounds, tell me about that, too").  I think this "thing" will
> need to have a critical mass of members who are publicizing things that they
> see/hear about (as well as things that they're hosting/sponsoring) --
> crowdsourcing FTW.
> But, a general "'truly technical events in central Ohio' mailing list" would
> probably be good enough for the time being.  It would almost certainly need
> to be moderated and need to initially put synopses of events on other
> mailing lists (because there will always be folks who "do twitter" but don't
> "do meetup", etc.), at least until it is a well-defined nexus.  And the
> moderator(s) will need to be ruthless in tossing away things like "SEO your
> way to riches", "obtaining stimulus funding to weatherize your marketing
> cube", "learning about the next noun-turned-verb concept that will compel
> you to buy my services", and "schmooze away your night with our sales droid"
> [no offense to the mobile phone].
> Oh, the other place I was thinking about before
> is http://www.developerfusion.com.  It has a lot of potential, but it really
> needs more local content to be viable.  And it needs a better (or at least
> more obvious) way of defining locality.
> Jeff
> On Wed, Dec 15, 2010 at 2:33 PM, Tom Hanlon <tom at functionalmedia.com> wrote:
>> Enough joking around.. What would perhaps be useful and might be a subset
>> of the functionality that you envision.. would be an aggregator of all the
>> local mail lists, group blogs, individual publications that  are somehow
>> Columbus or Ohio based, and technical and then use lucene or other full text
>> document indexer to deliver a faceted search interface to the sources.
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