Here’s an excellent example of a Developer Community that knows how to “Play Nice with Others”.
No community manager wants to send its members away from its forums, but in some cases it just makes sense. In this case Stack Overflow is doing a great job of handling entry level questions about Google Android. And the Google Community managers realize that they are helping, not harming their cause. It takes an experienced community manager to understand that your own forums aren’t what matters most. What matters is that developers are getting answers from places and ways that they prefer and find most convenient. Plus, the Google managers must realize that they will get some additional visibility by encouraging the Stack Overflow to discuss Android.
There might be a back story that I’m not aware of, but on the surface, this makes sense. Kudos to the Google Android crew.
I’ve been consulting for NorthScale. They’re using their experience with memcached and other open source projects to solve some of those ’scale-out’ problems that websites have. Steve, Dustin, Matt, Rod, Patrick & Sally are super smart. I learn something new every day. My role is to help get feedback from the developer community - something I thoroughly enjoy.
We’re also having a lot of fun. The other day while having lunch at a sushi restaurant, I explained why I think the most well-known Japanese phrase in America is … “domo arigato Mr. Roboto”. Of course it was immortalized by the band Styx in the early 80’s. But I used Kunio Kato’s Acadamy Award acceptance speech as an example of how popular it is even today (the end of the video is priceless). The next day, we get an email from Steve announcing that “mr roboto” will be the codename for the NorthScale “instrumented” memcached AMI.
I wonder how many other code names come from jokin’ around during lunch.
CloudCamp SF starts tonite at 5 pm. We’ll have food, drink and hopefully some lively discussions about the emerging Cloud Computing industry. I’ll be MC’ing the evening, but since this is an unconference, the really interesting stuff will happen in the sessions, which the attendees will lead themselves.
After the sessions, we’re throwing a party, during which we’ll have Lightning Talks on subjects loosely related to Cloud Computing from the likes of Jeff Barr and others.
With over 300 people registered on Upcoming, I don’t think I missed anyone. But if I did, please excuse me and show up anyway!
Tonight I’m giving a presentation at SDForum on “Marketing to Web 2.0 Developers“. This will be a modified version of my “New Generation of Platform Developers” presentation I gave at the Evans Data Developer Relations Conference in April.