We had a wonderful first Silicon Valley TWiki User's Meet Up at Plug and Play Tech Center Thursday night (Nov 29). More than 50 TWiki users were in attendance and highlights from the evening included a superb presentation by Vicki Brown of Yahoo! and Guy Martin of Motorola Open System Technology, among others.
Vicki Brown explained how Yahoo!'s TWiki site had grown to incredible richness with 318,000 live pages, more than 10,000 users, 5 MILLION page views per month and more than 500,000 TWiki page edits per month. This is perhaps one of the largest and most successful wiki and collaboration platform implementations in the world. She showed some of the TWiki programming "magic" she had developed to help manage the growth and evolution of the system.
Guy Martin declared that Vicki was his hero and explained how he and his group were supporting and disseminating TWiki on different projects in Motorola. He also discussed how he wanted to see more interfaces developed to products like De.lic.ious and Scuttle, only to learn that another company in attendance is already working on such a new TWiki plug in.
Jason Sares of Giant Dorks talked about two brand new TWiki installations he did for two Silicon Valley tech companies.
Presentations were also made by Ian Kluft, and Jack Button
Peter Thoeny, the founder of the TWiki open source platform and Co-founder of TWIKI.NET gave an overview of the technical foundation of enterprise, structured wikis in contrast to the many publishing wikis that exist, and gave some programming tips on how to create more powerful collaborative applications using TWiki.
Rod Beckstrom, Co-Founder of TWIKI.NET and Co-author of "The Starfish and The Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations," presented the concepts from the book and how they apply to enterprise collaboration. He also gave a summary of TWIKI.NET’s business strategy and offerings.
In the end, prizes were given and were won by Vicki (an Apple iPod), Guy (Rod's The Starfish and The Spider…book and Ian (Peter Thoeny's Wikis for Dummies Book).
Many thanks to all who attended and contributed.
TWiki Birdie along with David Allen, Director of Product Development TWIKI.NET
Chief Catalyst and CEO Rod Beckstrom TWIKI.NET
Jason Sares from Giant Dorks and Rod Beckstrom
1st Place -- TWiki Champion Vicki Brown from Yahoo!, with her prize, a New iPod Nano.
2nd Place -- TWiki Champion Guy Martin from Motorola, with his prize, "Wiki's for Dummies," co-authored by the father of TWiki, Peter Thoeny.
3rd Place -- TWiki Champion Ian Kluft with his prize, "The Starfish and Spider" co-authored by the Chief Catalyst and CEO of TWIKI.NET, Rod Beckstrom