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  • Blog Post: Microsoft and Culminis launch User Group Support Services

    The UGSS platform went live today! Here is the full announcement... MICROSOFT AND CULMINIS ANNOUNCE USER GROUP SUPPORT SERVICES WHAT ARE USER GROUP SUPPORT SERVICES User Group Support Services (UGSS) offers a free set of tools specific to user group management and content built specifically...
  • Blog Post: User Group Support Services is now live!

    We have just launched a new web site which should really help you with your user group. Check out User Group Support Services at http://ugss.codezone.com Here is some more information on what UGSS provides.. User Group Support Services exists for one reason and one reason alone – YOU ! Our mission...
  • Blog Post: How do you count User Group members?

    I'm curious - what makes someone a member of a user group? I don't mean what makes someone want to join, I'm wondering how a user group leader counts up their membership numbers. For example, There is a group in China which reports over 20 million members. Yes, you read that right, over 20 million...
  • Blog Post: Advice for a 14 year old...

    Among my other interests are Cars. Porsches to be specific. I'm a member of a Porsche focused board - www.6speedonline.com , which has an off topic section which is only accessible to registered members. There are some weird conversations in the off topic area, and some of them are labeled "NSFW" or...
  • Blog Post: More Fireside chats, more interesting people...

    So who's heard of Andy Sernovitz? Here is as good a place as any to find out more about him - http://andysernovitz.com/ . Andy is one of the key movers and shakers in the hot area of social media, and he will be hosting a "Fireside chat" later this month (the 26th of January) on "Word of Mouth" marketing...
  • Blog Post: A new leader for TAGM...

    As many of you know, one of the key roles of the TAGM group I'm part of is to connect with and support the technical user groups around the world, working with the Microsoft field and more importantly with associations such as Culminis, INETA, PASS and others. A few examples of the things we provide...
  • Blog Post: Announcing some key changes to the way Microsoft supports User Groups

    As you may know, I'm a senior marketing manager at Microsoft and I focus on technical communities and how Microsoft can support them better. I want to give everyone a heads-up on some important changes we are making in conjunction with Culminis which are designed to bring improvements across the board...
  • Blog Post: Culminis needs your help...

    Running any community requires a lot of work, as I'm sure every user group leader already knows. Make that a global organization, add in the fact that it's just undergone a major restructure, that many of the board members are newly elected, and that the IT platform has just been totally replaced, and...
  • Blog Post: "MacWorld: There's no such community in the Windows world"???

    You might have heard that Steve Jobs won't be attending MacWorld Expo this year. I just read an interesting item about this, what it could mean to MacWorld itself and to the Mac community. You can find it at http://www.techflash.com/Pondering_Macworld_without_Apple_Jobs36265269.html . The comment...
  • Blog Post: Live Meeting and User Groups

    You may not know this, but we have been providing Live Meeting accounts to user group leaders for a couple of months now. It's something that has been very successful - as an example, here is a comment we received from www.developers.ie . Just to inform you that the .Net Coffee Break Show, a series...
  • Blog Post: Start participating in Tech·Ed right now!

    Tech Ed season starts right now - this is only for the US TechEd, but the others will be spinning up shortly - The Birds of a Feather sessions and TechEd connect let you participate and contribute rather than simply listen... Birds-of-a-Feather Sessions – Submit at topic idea today! Birds...
  • Blog Post: INETA Summer Hit: Turkey

    Goskin Bakir, the MS Developer Evangelist from Istanbul just let me know about a cool event held by INETA in Turkey. It was a two day event focusing on Silverlight and IE8. They put together a rather nice video with a number of interviews with the attendees. It was suggested that you should watch out...
  • Blog Post: The next edition of User Group TV is out!

    You may have heard about UGTV, the "TV news" program especially for user groups. The next edition is now out and you can see it at http://channel9.msdn.com/Search/Default.aspx?Term=UGTV for developers, and http://edge.technet.com/Search/Default.aspx?Term=UGTV for IT Pros. If you have ideas for articles...
  • Blog Post: TechEd and on...

    I set off for TechEd tomorrow - This year I'm going to be spending time at both the Developer and the IT Pro halves, attempting to meet up with as many User Group members (and candidates) as possible, so that I can find out as much as I can about what we can rely on, improve, start, stop, etc. to make...
  • Blog Post: User Group Leader Assistance Kits

    We've just started shipping "User Group Leader Assistance Kits" to user group leaders in the USA. We will be offering these kits to user group leaders in the rest of world starting 1st December. Any user group leader who is registered with UGSS ( http://www.usergroupsupportservices.com or http://www...
  • Blog Post: Community done right...

    I just heard about a great community event held in Croatia. For those of you wondering what you might do in your user group, you might be able to get a few ideas from this. MSCommunity CodeCamp 2007 – Another INETA successful event! Quick facts - Date: 29.09.2007 - Venue: Microsoft offices, Zagreb...
  • Blog Post: Tell Microsoft what to do...

    We are going to be working on a number of global programs over the year in support of the User Group community, and it’s very important that we get as much input as possible from you as to the right way to approach each program. To this end, we have set up a number of “steering groups” including Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Unlimited Potential

    What is Unlimited Potential ? It's about helping individuals and communities around the globe achieve their goals and dreams with relevant, accessible, and affordable technologies. Through innovative solutions and local partnerships that are transforming education, fostering local innovation, and enabling...
  • Blog Post: Who is this bloke, and why should you care?

    I've just created this blog so that I can not only pontificate about user groups and Microsoft, but also so I can get your ideas on how we (note - we , not me ) can make things as good as possible. I desperately need your feedback and suggestions! Along with a cast of hundreds, I'm responsible for...
  • Blog Post: Starting and running a user group

    Both Culminis and INETA have produced excellent guides on how to start and run a user group. In addition to this, they also have a mentorship program where new user groups can be supported by larger groups. If you are starting, or thinking of starting a user group, I'd strongly recommend that your first...