Re. Ideas for user groups on My developerWorks
Here's a great entry regarding ideas for user groups originally posted in our developerWorks enthusiasts group by one of our in-house marketing gurus (so you know its good advice) (if you aren't a member of the My developerWorks Enthusiasts group - you should be).
Here's the complete entry
There are many ways to use the tools available in My
. Here are some specific ideas that could apply
to user groups:
Use your group
a virtual group that corresponds to your user group. See
best practices for starting a group.
your user group members to join your virtual group - you can invite them
by email from within your group.
- Message (email) the
group with important information, such as upcoming meeting
- Link to other related user groups in
- Ask the user group to work with you to make
your virtual group into a "knowledge base" related to your
user group topic. You could use bookmarks, files a group wiki, and/or a
group blog to share references, resources and tips gleaned from the
- Create a specific tag that you can use
for people who are part of your
user group and any content created related to your user group. Ask all
the members of your user group to use this tag. This
will make it easy to aggregate all your user group people and content
under one tag.
- Use the discussion board to ask for
feedback on upcoming meeting topics.
- Use the group
discussion board, wiki or blog to post meeting agendas, materials and
- Set up a group blog and invite members
of your user group to blog. Learn
more about group blogging.
- Share user group news and announcements.
- Do a monthly update, like a monthly
- Interview or spotlight members of your
user group (i.e. "member of the month").