This past week, I launched a cool new web site on Drupal. It's called Circle of Gifts, and it's a tool to help families and friends make their holiday shopping easier. Users build their wish list on the site, and their Friends "claim" items so others know not to buy that gift. I originally built it for my family, but have since expanded it and it's now open to the public.
There were a lot of moving parts and a lot of challenges to overcome in building a social network on Drupal. Let's look at some of them:
It has become fairly well-known that our family likes Disneyland. Traditionally, we have made our journey out to the Magic Kingdom about once per year, which is nowhere near the "true" Disneyland fans, but for a NorCal family, that's not bad. Friends frequently ask us for advice when they're planning their trip, and we're only happy to oblige because we believe we had really nailed down the Disneyland process.
Then we had a kid.
In just two weeks, June 8-10, the Sacramento Drupal User Group will be hosting the second annual DrupalCamp Sacramento at UC Davis. Last year was a resounding success, and this year we look to build on that momentum. We are pleased as punch to have Chris Shattuck as our keynote speaker, and it will prove to be a great weekend.
Mapping means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. You ask The Word Shop, and they just want a navigable map with a single point indiciation their location. You ask Development Seed the same question, and you get a completely different answer. You ask my wife, who is a GIS analyst exceedingly proficient in ArcGIS, and you'll get an entirely different concept of the word "map".
That's what makes this hard.