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Hanging with my Aussie Drupal friends: let's meet up

To celebrate Drupal's tenth anniversary and the release of Drupal 7, I have decided to go on a Drupal tour, to celebrate, educate and spread the word on all things Drupal. I'm kicking-off my Drupal tour with a trip to Australia.

Assembling Extraordinary External Community Sites

I was recently asked to speak to a group of CTOs in Europe and the USA about social business tools. Designed as an information session, the organizers asked Acquia to present how an open source platform like Drupal could be used to build effective community sites as well as delivering other types of web applications, from e-commerce sites to marketing microsites. The other company asked to present focuses exclusively on a social business solution, requiring the use of other products for different applications.

10 Websites to Watch in 2011

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014
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Mashable

There are more than a trillion URLs in Google’s index. Yes, that’s a one with twelve zeros after it. And Google crossed that milestone two and a half years ago. With so many sites on the web in 2011, how do you know which to pay attention to?

6 Web Pioneers on What the Internet of the Future Will Look Like

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014
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Mashable

Throughout 2010, I made a habit of wrapping up interviews with what I am sure was perceived as a cruelly broad question: “What do you think the future Internet will look like?”

The responses I received varied a great deal, but usually began with something along the lines of “Wow. That’s a big question.”

House websites go to Drupal

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014
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Federal Computer Week

The House is moving its 520 websites to the Drupal open-source platform and the 93 freshmen members will get the new platform first.

Tesla Motors Brings the Roadster to Acquia

Acquia and Tesla Accelerating at Top Speeds

Woburn, Mass. – January 13, 2011 – Acquia, the enterprise guide to Drupal, announced today it will be hosting a Tesla Roadster test-drive event at its Woburn, Mass. facility on January 14, 2011. Both Acquia and Tesla Motors – maker of the only electric sports car in the world – are on the road to success and share a passion for delivering innovative and groundbreaking new products.

Acquia Announces Phenomenal Growth in 2010

Year-end results propel the company to new heights

Woburn, MA – January 11, 2011 – Acquia, the enterprise guide to Drupal, today announced phenomenal growth in 2010, more than doubling the number of employees and achieving 5X revenue growth year over year. Leveraging the innovation and cost savings potential of open source Drupal, Acquia’s comprehensive Drupal support and cloud services are helping companies build extraordinary web experiences.

Why I love BoFs at DrupalCon

birds of a feather

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Wanna come to a BoF about BoFs?

Birds of a Feather, has such a nice ring to it. This way of self-organizing allows people of like minds to flock together in their motley way spontaneously sprung from the confines of the well architected schedule which didn’t quite fit their needs.

It’s a testament to the efforts of conference organizers at DrupalCon that they can field submissions from such a large number of presenters striving to satisfy the needs of thousands of people with wildly popular sessions. In Copenhagen, rooms were filled to the brim with eager listeners, and even afterwards people seek out the recordings of the sessions they missed. It’s an ideal opportunity to broadcast the latest and greatest in Drupal.

But then there’s the fringe. And the DrupalCons provide for that too. Many computing conferences allow for physical spaces for BoFs: Birds of a Feather sessions. A whiteboard is used to mark the available time slots and locations, where people put in their suggestions and find their niche.

Not seeing anything on the official schedule that suits? Head on over to the BoF board! There's now a forum on the DrupalCon website where people are chatting about BoFs already! I really love BoFs, and I think we can even make them better and get more out of them.

BoF board at DrupalCon

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Making a better BoF

At DrupalCon San Francisco, I had an epiphany, OK, not a huge one. BoFs kinda suck when you spend 20 mins going around and introducing one another, and then you get into the meaty bits and it’s already over. There’s an alternative: Open Space Technology.

Acquia 2010 retrospective

Yesterday I shared my 2010 retrospective on Drupal along with some predictions for the new year. Today, I want to recap Acquia's accomplishments in 2010, just like I did last year with my 2009 Acquia retrospective.

An improved Webform user interface for Drupal

At Acquia, we spent a lot of time improving the Webform module, one of the top 10 most popular Drupal modules, as well as the Form Builder module, a companion module that provides an improved user interface for the Webform module. The Webform module and the Form Builder module allow people to create custom forms such as contact forms, online surveys and more.

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