Andy Gaunt is still around.
However you are mistaken that it is an official page of filemaker, it is not affiliated with FMI.
I thought it was the “officially” recognized group of FileMaker.
There is contact information on Andy's main page:
However, it's not a requirement to register your information with the site to host a usergroup. Many usergroups use meetup.com or some other means as a method to organize their group.
Personally I've found it hard to get info updated there. I'm still listed on the page for my last employer, even after two requests to be removed. And the contact info for our usergroup COFMUG (ohio) is about 5 years out of date now.
From their footer:
Site Design by DnG Design & Development Inc. - The creative force behind FMPug & FindFileMakerDevelopers.com.
FMPug is an independent entity and this web site has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by FileMaker, Inc.
FileMaker and the FileMaker logo are registered trademarks of FileMaker, Inc
All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
I think I misread information. They provide the information directly to FileMaker according to FMPug. Of course I cannot find user groups on the FM website anymore either.
I've tried to reach out to Andy via phone and email. I'm pretty much at the point that I'm going to say to heck with it. Figured I'd ask and see if anyone has had recent luck.
A lot of developers provide information to FileMaker directly ... whether they use it or not ... well...
Try meetup.com, and sending personal invites to developers in your area that you find off google or linkedin.
Also see if you can get other usergroups within a few hours (EG northwest ohio, detroit, chicago, etc..) to announce to their members that your group is available. A lot of usergroups have registered users from hours away.
Also, if you know your regional rep with filemaker, try and call them to ask if they can come present.
Also get to know your local apple store, if they know you run a filemaker user group, people coming in asking about filemaker might end up referred to you.
Running a group is hard work, getting NEW people to show up and be "regulars" is near impossible (we have 5-10 regulars which I'm grateful for).
I get the “getting people to show up” part. I’ve had a couple meetings I’ve cancelled because no one shows up. But it’s the start of the group and trying to get advertising to get it running. I’m reaching out through the circles I know, and I’ve talked with some of the other groups within an hour or so as well.
I’m also looking to maybe do some webinars with other groups as well. I have the facilities available for it.
Good luck with the Users Group!
You can do it yourself. Here in Philadelphia we have a very active group. We are a part of FMPug, it neither helped nor hurt us.
The key is to get the word out. FWIW we used to do it all ourselves, but now we use the social platform Meetup.
There are a bunch of groups using Meetup already (including one in Ann Arbor).
There was a time a few years back when the FMPug list of groups did feed directly to a user group list on the FMI page, but as Mike notes Andy Gaunt's FMPug site was always an independent effort. My guess is his focus is on other things now (that coincidentally pay the bills), but you'd have to ask him.
As Jerry noted, we use Meetup for the Philly group. It costs money but we get people who would never have otherwise found us - new people every meeting.
I am using meetup, but even though we have quite a few members most have only ever been on once.
It may still be good to have a central point where you can lookup local groups world wide.
So If you do visit some country for holiday or for a business trip, you can lookup where to find people and join their meeting.