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Featured JUG: Morocco Java User Group

Posted by editor on February 13, 2011 at 12:20 PM PST

I came across the Morocco Java User Group when their Facebook page showed up in a Google Alerts search I have set up. The Group was founded by Badr Elhouari, Faissal Boutaounte, and Ayoub El Abbassi.

The JUG describes itself as follows:

The Morocco Java User Group MoroccoJUG aims to provide a platform for all Java enthusiasts to network, exchange ideas, share knowledge and help each other in order to strengthen the Java community in Morocco. Our members come from Morocco's considerable high tech community and multiple universities. We encourage anybody from beginner to expert interested in Java and related technologies to join us.

The Morocco JUG's first Facebook post was by Badr Elhouardi on April 20, 2010. It looks like the JUG was probably formed around that time. Their Facebook events calendar lists the Morocco Java User Group First event has having occurred on May 20, 2010.

JUGs on Facebook

Facebook is clearly becoming an important element of global social and business infrastructure. What's happening with Facebook reminds me a bit of America Online / AOL 10-15 years ago. Back then, company advertisements (at least in the United States) would tell the audience to visit them at America Online using their "keyword". Now, it's starting to seem like it's critical for companies to have a Facebook page, not just their own web site. Even Google seems a bit threatened, based on items I've recently seen in the business press.

Anyway, back to JUGs: a Facebook search for "Java User Group" turns up page after page after page of results. Facebook is clearly a platform that Java User Groups find convenient for maintaining an online organizational presence. This is something I plan to look into more in the coming months.

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Hi Kevin, I'm Faissal

Hi Kevin,
I'm Faissal boutaounte co-founder of moroccoJUG, I'm glade to read about our JUG from you :)