Today, I did a mental checklist of the groups that I'm familiar with.
- Bloggers.sg (ok, not strictly a group, though it was organised by the folks at Tomorrow.sg)
Objective: To promote the local blogosphere and educate Singaporeans about it
Conceived as an annual conference, nothing happened after the first one in 2005. There was talk of another in middle or late 2007, but that was just it -- talk.
- Web Standards Group (WebSG)
Objective: To encourage web designers/developers to use Web standards in their work for cross platform compatibility
This was apparently the third incarnation of the group when I joined. Unfortunately, the "phoenix" burned up after the third meeting. I attempted to restart things, but was met with a deafening silence.
- The Digital Movement
Objective: To build a community of Web 2.0 and social media leaders
This one-year-old group had organised three events in 2007 with apparent success. And then... nothing (unless it organised PopOut! in October). Besides, I'm out of the picture too. I was involved in one meeting, but felt shafted after that for offering dissenting views.
- Mac Meetup
Objective: To bring Mac users together to discuss Apple news and provide support
The original group died after Meetup ended its free services. A second group was started and I attended some of its meetings, but it died again because of cost. The original group is supposed to live on through a blog, but I haven't heard of any more offline events.
Of course, I realise that some naysayers would say that I jinxed all of these groups, since I participated in them. Hmm, if that's true, then that's bad news for the Singapore PHP User Group...