Sunday, May 31, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
You'll learn about the broad range of talents required to recruit members, motivate and manage them, and make them happy to be part of your community. The book takes you through each stage of community building, from acquiring the right software tools to learning conflict resolution skills, and teaches you how to:
-Establish sustainable processes for management
-Acquire useful tools and infrastructure
-Build buzz around your project
-Measure aspects of community success
-Handle conflict management
-Manage live events
-Make your community scalable
In this book, author Jono Bacon offers a collection of experiences, observations, and thoughts from his decade-long involvement in building and managing communities for open source software. Currently, he's the Community Manager for Ubuntu, arguably the largest community in the open source software arena. His relationships with other community managers, along with his own experience, provide a rich and deep well of expertise for The Art of Community.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Within two weeks, though, my motivations took a decidedly selfish turn. A long time contracting client needed some PHP work done, and I didn't have time to do it. I thought back to that first meeting and the new members, mostly students from local community colleges, that had introduced themselves. One of the students stood out in my mind, because he said that, in addition to going to school, he also had a job coding php. So, within hours of determining the requirement for a php developer, I had one on the job. He did a nice job at a reasonable rate.
My intention to give presentations to help the group members learn in general became subtly changed. I realized that, by giving the right presentations, I could shape a pool of available labor that knew the things I needed them to know, and I could identify the members who seemed to understand the material the best. I could then use these minions to take over the world. Did I say that out loud?"
Friday, May 15, 2009
It's likely the least sexy tool in your marketing arsenal, but it could be the one that delivers real results.
E-mail has emerged as a recession darling, as retailers look to proven programs that are cost-effective and results-oriented. That's led to increasing investment in technologies that better target customers and serve up more enticing messages.
First, some background: VNC is a console/screen sharing system that lets you log into and use other machines over the Internet. You can basically share your screen with others along with your mouse and keyboard. You can try out VNC solutions for the iPhone right now and these currently let you connect to your remote PC or Mac and use it just as if you were sitting in front of the keyboard. This would also let you, theoretically, run Flash on your iPhone or Touch, albeit inside a browser.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
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