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Server downtime

One of our database servers had a physical defect which caused temporary downtime yesterday and today. We apologize for inconveniences.

Thoughts…

Co-founder Johannes Schmidt published some thoughts on a Topic Mappish LAMP stack.

Speeding up Performance

By upgrading our database servers and finally switching to a master-slave setup we further optimized the performance of our site.
This led to a speed increase with up to 3 times faster query-responses resulting in a smoother browsing experience for our users.

Further upgrades will follow the next days.

Enjoy your faster sixgroups.com!

Why lost chats and public messages are present again

The recovery was successful, data is present again. Thanks for your appreciation.

Die Datenwiederherstellung war erfolgreich, ihr solltet jetzt wieder alles sehen. Danke für euer Verständnis.

Why some chats and public messages are not present

After yesterday’s release some trouble concerning the storage layer for the chats and public messages occurred. This is why some Livestreams are more or less empty. We are currently working on a recovery which will take some time due to the huge data amount. We apologize for the trouble.

Leider müssen wir euch mitteilen, dass es nach dem gestrigen Release einige Probleme mit der Datenbank für Chats und öffentliche Nachrichten gibt. Ihr habt bestimmt schon gesehen, dass einige Livestreams praktisch leer sind. Wir arbeiten da momentan rund um die Uhr, um diese möglichst schnell wieder herzustellen; aufgrund der großen Datenmenge kann es aber noch dauern. Wir entschuldigen uns vielmals für die Umstände.

Eure 6g Crew

sixgroups – social software powered by INSTANT Communities GmbH

As many of you might already know, the company behind sixgroups.com, INSTANT Communities GmbH, is currently in a transitional stage. This year we opened up for other businesses, brands, and publishers to take advantage of our proprietary framework and know-how. The team behind INSTANT Communities GmbH is currently developing first projects for renowned clients and we are very happy to be in this exciting, launch-protruding stage.

Check out http://www.instant-communities.com More news coming soon.

Preprint of scientific paper about Instant Online Communities available

Jan Milz – co-founder of sixgroups.com and one of the authors – has made the preprint of the scientific paper about Instant Online Communities available. This paper is going to be published in the HCII proceedings in Springer’s Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Notice: The paper is a preprint, © Springer 2009. All rights reserved.

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Thank you for the ride

Today is my last day at sixgroups. I am leaving the company as CEO but will remain as shareholder and partner for sparring ideas and strategies.
We have made amazing progress during the last two years but for me the time has come to move on.

The last year has been thrilling – starting with the development of the Livecommunity (the first integrated community solution for every website) and the launch of the Livecommunity on the next08 in May (thanks Martin). Furthermore we won O’reillys WebExpo New York and Berlin as customer for our conference solution (thanks Stowe, Janetti and Brady).

The biggest thank you goes out to Andy, Jan, Helge and Johannes for pushing sixgroups that far and for keep on doing it further from today together with Philipp. Because sixgroups is changing again (as we did two times in the last two years) sixgroups will rock again with the new business to business focus.

I’d like to thank also our dear business angels and our Co-Founders: Thomas and Tom.

I am going to work now as a freelance consultant specialised on social media and gambling. If you want to contact me use twitter or email, drop me a line at XING or just say hello to me at the re:publica.

sixgroups co-worked on scientific paper

sixgroups.com Livecommunity has supported several conferences such as (suspended) OMD, Web 2.0 Expo, or VielMehr. In the follow-up of the VielMehr conference one of the organizers, Dr. Martin C. Kindsmüller, brought up the idea to write a scientific paper for the HCI International 2009. In this paper the application of the Livecommunity as an instant online community (IOC) in the context of a conference should be analyzed. Now, a paper titled Instant Online Communities as a means to foster conferences written by Martin C. Kindmüller, Jan Milz, and Johannes Schmidt is submitted to HCII and is going to be published in the HCII proceedings in Springer’s Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Martin C. will present it at HCII which takes place this summer in San Diego, CA, USA.

We start with the introduction of our notion of an instant online community. As mentioned, we further analyze the successful application of the Livecommunity at VielMehr in detail, uncover several shortcomings and sketch appropriate solutions to solve the described issues and to improve the Livecommunity (lessons learned). Finally, we introduce the idea of the Shared Common Subject spreading beyond system boundaries. This spreading which implies the blurring of system boundaries is enabled by IOCs providing backchannel functionality such as the Twitter backchannel of the Livecommunity. We regard this idea which causes a paradigm shift as the (scientific) foundation of our future activities.

Update 10/2009: Jan just published his Diplomarbeit – Instant-Online-Communities