MySQL User Groups: Facebook is not mandatory

Several people commented on our last blog post or contacted us via our Twitter account, asking questions and raising concerns about migrating the MySQL user group organization to FaceBook. It seems like there is some confusion that we would like to address: you are not required to move to FaceBook. This was just a recommendation, you are of course free to choose whatever service you prefer to manage your MySQL user group. In fact, you are of course welcome to continue using Meetup.com for this! However, be advised that you will have to take care of any occurring fees by yourself from now on, as the sponsorship agreement between MySQL and Meetup.com was not renewed.

And if Facebook is not your cup of tea, there are other services that provide similar functionality. We've tried to document these on the MySQL Forge Wiki - please feel free to add your own suggestions and provide hints based on your experiences! Some of the other services that we know about include:

 In any case, wherever your user group's new home will be, please ensure to update the List of MySQL User Groups on the Forge Wiki! Thanks.
Comments:

This is very very bad.
We know from past experience that many will just shut down the group rather than move or pay.
Bad show, Sun/MySQL. Thumbs down.

Posted by Arjen Lentz on May 13, 2009 at 01:19 AM GMT #

What free services?

I don't know of any, or we'd have dumped Meetup a year ago. Not only are they expensive, they're buggy. To be fair, though, their tech support is responsive -- they just can't fix anything.

Posted by Josh Berkus on May 13, 2009 at 11:32 AM GMT #

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