Wednesday, March 28, 2007 goes live on Ning

We finally have a place online to keep track of all the OpenCoffee Clubs popping up all round the world.

Thanks to Peter Nixey of Sitefire, who created the Ning group and Eoghan McCabe, who created the logo and is behind Dublin's OpenCoffee Club for helping to pull it all together.

Personally I think Ning has quite a bit to offer - it is simple to use and very powerful. We can pull in feeds from flickr, upcoming and meetup and give people to give a little more information about themselves and have a chance to interact in a forum. Hopefully it will make for quite a vibrant environment so different OCCs to connect and learn more about each other.

Ning is still very much in its infancy however and certainly one of its current drawbacks from my point of view is that is doesn't have an easy or more importantly open editing format like a wiki.

In my mind the simplicity and openness of a wiki has a lot to recommend it but most of the people I've canvassed at this stage feel that Ning is a richer experience.

Please let me know what you think and if anyone wants to build an OCC wiki, I'd be delighted to discuss how we can make this happen.

In the meantime, enjoy your local OpenCoffee Clubs and send the word around that people can now connect globally through If you want your local OCC listed let me know or just start tagging flickr, technorati and upcoming entries with "opencoffee".

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