So I have been working on my Web Professionals Cooperative today and have been working on getting the site up and running. I will be running it via www.tulsawebpro.com and have a launch site up integrated with MailChimp to begin a list of interested folks for the site. I will probably be running a WordPress front end at launch and will be running a social networking script in the back end. I already have it installed and ready to go. I just need to start fleshing out the structure of the content.
I was looking for a similar organization and thought about joining Tulsa Young Professionals. I went to their site and they had some great information on the site and encouraged people to join. They were running some kind of membership program created by someone in the area so I had hopes for it. I joined and I was told to join the 8,000+ other young professionals in the area. I got excited and wanted to see if someone else had created a nice Social Network for the group. sadly, there wasn’t such a thing and there was no way to interact with the other members online.
I find this to be a disappointing reality for many people. You join a group with the hopes of collaborating and it turns out that you are stuck in your own island. I want to be able to give you access to every other member in the group so you can begin collaborating right away.
I was explaining this concept to someone recently and he told me that he was already part of groups like this around town. I asked him where because I was interested in getting involved with them. He told me that he was part of groups on LinkedIn to which I just chuckled. I’m part of all of those same groups and never once have I gone onto LinkedIn and gotten involved with anyone else in the groups. It’s a joke. You can’t really have a good collaboration on Facebook because there are too many distractions. What you need is an environment focused on one subject.
Anyway, I am going to be working on the marketing aspect of this concept next including a new logo and video.
What do you think about having an environment where local developers, writers, and marketers that support the Internet can collaborate and work together?