New Search Engine Marketing Open Source Group
There's a new Search Engine Marketing Open Source Group forming. From their Meetup page:
This is an Open Source group dedicated to sharing the best practices and strategies that allow small businesses to build and manage a self directed Search Engine Marketing program. Topics covered in this meetup: . What is SEM and how do consumers interact with it. Landing pages vs. website for lead conversion. Search engines beyond the obvious. Best practices for converting clicks into customers. Applying solutions in internet time. This meetup is 100% free and you will not be asked by anyone to signup for or purchase anything. The goal of this meetup it provide you with real world strategies that you can apply to your business. If you RSVP please attend, we only have 100 slots available. Please do not bring children or outside food.
Open Source Company Needs Part-Time Salesperson
Open Maps? Yes, Indeed. From their Meetup Page:
MaptimeATL is the Atlanta chapter of Maptime (http://maptime.io)!
Maptime is, rather literally, time for mapmaking. Our mission is to open the doors of cartographic possibility to anyone interested by creating a time and space for collaborative learning, exploration, and map creation using mapping tools and technologies. This open learning environment for all levels and degrees of knowledge offers intentional support for the beginner. Maptime is simultaneously flexible and structured, creating space for workshops, ongoing projects with a shared goal, and independent/collaborative work time.
Inspiration for Maptime comes from both hack nights and knitting circles. Both are models of spaces for people to create and learn together. Our goal is to provide this space with an open heart and without pretension. You can bring your own projects to work on, or just hang out and socialize or ask questions. Some people are experts, and some people are just getting started, but all of us are learning, so why not do it together?
Maptime is hands-on, so don't forget to bring your laptop!
New Way to Help Sponsor Your Group
A friend of mine runs LiveSoftwareEvents.com, a way to live-stream video and make money from it. The organizer doesn't pay, just the remote viewers. They pay a reasonable $1 per hour which gets split with the organizer. If you or your group would like to give it a try, contact Bernie LiveSoftwareEvents and give it a try.
Sugar CRM Group Re-Lanuch
The local Sugar CRM community has had an on-again, off-again series of meetups over the years. Looks like it's on agian. See their Meetup Page. I have mixed feelings about Sugar's Open Source commitment, but here's hoping they get things going again.
PostgreSQL Group Forming
My favorite open source database might be getting it's own meetup group. From today's inbox:
We are a group of PostgreSQL enthusiasts interested in fostering a PostgreSQL community in Atlanta, so that we can share our knowledge about PostgreSQL and related projects, and create a network for those seeking PostgreSQL-related employment.
See their Meetup.
New Alpharetta Rails Meetup
Looks like more of a coding support or study group, there's a new Alpharetta Rails Meetup forming. Please check them out. There's been some pushback on Ruby lately, some claiming that the number of new gems being committed is dwindeling, but a lot of people still like it and use it on a daily basis.
ALE and ALE-NW Update
In today's mailbag from JD:
Hope you don't mind this email ... you asked for feedback, but I didn't see any
way to contact you through the website.
ossatlanta.org - article " Tough Times for *nix Users' Groups".
ALE-NW only meets with SPSU students are there. That's August - May.
It is planned.
It is announced on the ALE email listsrv.
3 yrs ago, we held meetings in the summer and turnout was too low to maintain
it. We are flexible. ;)
The ALE.org content is NOT well maintained. The only way to know what is really
happening is to sign up for the email lists http://ale.org/?page_id=5. The mail
email list has 20-50 messages a day. It is fairly active about Linux-related
There are other Linux groups around the metro area. The GA-400 Linux Group
meets weekly at I-285 and Powers Ferry. 4-10 people attend. Heck, there were 8
people there on Easter!
For more groups: http://blog.jdpfu.com/2013/06/03/lugs-atlanta-area-linux-groups
However - you are not wrong with the premise that Linux is becoming a standard
thing. Other groups that historically would be part of the LUG have spawned
their own meetings - OpenStack, Asterisk, Python, Ruby, Perl, Drupal, OWASP, and
those are just off the top of my head.
I completely understand why UNIX groups concentrate on HA and extremely large
scale - the lower-end has been taken over by Linux solutions. It is amazing what
a $5K Linux box can accomplish these days.
FYI - ALE-NW meetings for the '14-15 school terms:
Meetings 2nd of the Month (Starting in Sept):
8/28 - Mini-How To and SPSU Organization
9/11 - TBD
9/20 - InstallFest - Saturday 10am-5pm
10/9 - TBD 4th Anniversary!
11/13 - TBD
12/11 - Solstice / GPG Keysigning
1/8 - TBD
2/12 - TBD
3/12 - TBD
4/9 - TBD
5/14 - TBD
Feel Free to contact either me or Jim Kinney for ALE questions.