Hi fellow members of Forum Oxford
Its been eight months now and Forum Oxford has reached over 750 members. Our discussion board has become very active, we are adding 10 new members on average every week, our discussion boards feature 8.4 new topics every week and you will find on average 5.9 new messages every day.
If we start with who we are. Forum Oxford now has 757 members and we have participation from 62 countries from six continents. The largest group is still the UK, understandibly, but already 57% of our members are from outside the UK. The top 12 biggest countries by Forum Oxford membership are:
The country worth mentioning is Ireland, which has climbed to become the sixth largest membership with 20. By continent, when we exclude the 325 from the UK, the rest of Europe has 169 members, Asia 133, North America 91, Oceania 15, Africa 14 and South America 8 members.
Then about the postings. Our discussion board has grown to 286 separate topics and like I said, we are now adding about 8.4 new topics every week. Counting the initial topic postings and all replies to the threads, we total 1,587 messages on our Forum. That averages to 5.5 messages per topic thread (or 4.5 replies). And yes, while Ajit and I are of course very active in posting - in our roles as moderators - the total contributions of Ajit Jaokar and Tomi Ahonen postings are now down to 29% of the total message postings. So if early on this was a bit of "our private discussion club" - it most definitely is that no more, as more than twice as many messages are posted by the general membership, than are posted by Ajit and me in total.
What also pleases me a lot is that we have so many separate people launching discussion threads. Already 66 of our members have started discussion threads.
Now for the "Hit Parade". These were our most popular discussion threads over the past three months, in order of popularity (ie by most replies) and now also mentioning who launched each of these most popular threads:
Mobile TV is like sex in the open air (Ajit Jaokar), 23 replies
Surfing the web at a fair price (Rudy De Waele), 22 replies
What's the next BIG mobile services? (Audun Holme), 21 replies
iPod market share not 78%, is 19% (Tomi Ahonen), 20 replies
Seamless mobility, what does it mean to you? (Alex Gajano), 19 replies
Why not only browsing mobile applications (Ajit Jaokar), 19 replies
Will VoIP be end of traditional telecoms (Marcus Foster), 15 replies
Mobile TV or mobile video (JT Klepp) 13 replies
Some video game history and present comments (Glenn Greenblatt) 12 replies
Thank you everybody for being so active at Forum Oxford.
For all of those here who are only "lurking" ie reading messages, please do take the "plunge" and start to make postings. Drop a comment at one of the threads that interests you. Ask the question you have, or give us a viewpoint from your country, your own experience, or perhaps what you've observed in your company. It will help make this discussion forum even more rich for all of us, and trust me - YOU will gain more of it, when you get to engage with the rest of us. But equally, there is no forced posting. We are happy to have you here if all you do is visit us every so often and read the material we have here. It is good to have you here as our member even if you only stop by once per month to read a few threads of interest to you. Not everybody needs to be active.
A couple of practical points while I have your attention. Now is the time to consider your training budget and the Oxford 3G related courses. Please take a look at those courses here. Oxford University is our sponsor, and Peter Holland and Anthony Santiago have gone to great length to find the top experts to present the very latest in mobile telecoms at these short courses. If you enjoy the discussion here at the Forum, you will also enjoy the courses. And if you have any questions or comments about any of them, that is why we have the discussion board here, you can discuss with the course presenters and find out if the course covers the materials you want.
Needless to say, if you have any colleagues you'd like to invite, please feel free to do so - membership is free, will always be free, and all you need is to tell your friend the "enrollment key" for the first-time sign-up, which is the word "forumoxford". Bring your friends!
Also - please remember this Forum Oxford is a professional association. You can enter this into your CV. I'd suggest you mention it at the bottom of your CV with any other possible industry and professional participation like membership with an engineering guild or MBA association, etc, for example "Professional Associations: Member Forum Oxford"
And those of us who have not yet introduced yourselves, please do so here at the introductions thread, or if you have a blogsite, please list it in the blogs listing, or if you are speaking at a conference somewhere soon, please mention that for the rest of us to see.
But most of all, I am really proud of the active, high quality discussion we have set up here. Personally, for me, this is the place where I start my day whenever I possibly can (ie when I am not at a customer or travelling). You all have helped create a friendly place for us experts to share thoughts. At times debating, arguing, at other times agreeing; and so very often seeing a new point of view. Thank you all.
Keep on posting !!
Your friendly "stats police"
Tomi Ahonen / HatRat :-)