Getting more involved – virtual communities

As many would have noticed, i’ve been involved with LIDNUG for quite a while now as a group manager. We’ve seen the group grow hugely in the last couple of years and now count more than 43,000+ members – it’s my baby and I’ve spent countless hours organising events and responding to requests/questions from members in the discussions.

LIDNUG went to the “Open Group” model earlier in the year and is now accessible for non-members as well.

One of the big aspects of LIDNUG has been our monthly events [links to upcoming events can be found on the right hand side of my blog] and we’ve gathered some excellent support from our sponsors, with more requests coming in weekly.

We’ll keep rolling out a large range of presentation topics and here in June we have 4 events scheduled (apologies for those registered for the one today which we had to postpone – it’s on in 24hrs).

I’m a firm believer in virtual communities – i feel the reach of these communities extend well and truly far beyond physical locations/restrictions – something which is apparent when you live in the most isolated capital city in the world. To set the record straight, i don’t believe that virtual communities can (or should) replace physical user groups, but more complement them as well as open up opportunities for those that cannot either attend a physical user group or conference.

I was recently asked to assist with another virtual community – also based on LinkedIn – this community has grown well and truly out of mind-boggling proportions, with more than 60,000+ members – the .Net People group doesn’t currently run online events, but we’re working on getting some organised.

Looking at the numbers for these groups then it’s obvious to me that virtual communities can, and will, get more and more attention and is becoming an excellent technical (.Net) source of information.

So now i’m a group manager of both groups and are of course open to presenters wanting to present to our members – give me a shout if you’re interested.