How Much Are The Conference Lobby Conversations Worth?

I was really pleased to see on John Battelle’s blog that the video from O’Reilly Media and CMP’s recent Web 2.0 Summit was now available online. I wasn’t able to make it.  I think the tickets are $2k+ each.  That’s just too much, even if someone else was paying.
So… I can now watch John Battelle’s interviews with technology pioneers like Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Ballmer.  This is cool.

But what if I did go to the conference? With the speaker videos available online, it’d have to be for the people i’d meet and for the conversations that I’d have.  But seriously… how much are those worth?$2k?

You can go to a BarCamp event, they’re free, and you’ll meet folks who are just as innovative and imaginative

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Preliminary SXSW Interactive Panel List Announced

I’m really excited because this upcoming March (in 2008) will be the first time I go to the South by Southwest Interactive conference (SXSW). 🙂  I just noticed that they announced a preliminary list of some of the panels that were selected.  Some of the panels that look interesting are:

  • Building Portable Social Networks (Jeremy Keith)
  • The Elephant Online: Digitally Expanding Information Memory (Joshua Schachter)
  • Scalability Boot Camp (Jakobj Heuser)
  • Self Replicating Awesomeness: The Marketing of No Marketing (Brian Oberkirch)

Are you going to SXSW?  If so, what panels are you excited about seeing?

(Thanks to Brian for pointing out the programming announcement)

Let Your Users Share Their Activity On Your Web App Via Facebook

It seems like Facebook is all that marketers talk about these days. Ever since Facebook launched their platform, people have been trying to figure out what the secret equation is to make an application that will extend their brand. I don’t know about you but I can’t take any more poking, slapping, shooting, beer passing, zombie biting applications.

The Facebook apps have that been my favorites are the ones that allow me to share my activity from other Web apps into Facebook and over the social graph. For example, I love the Pandora Facebook App. It allows my friends to see what Pandora radio stations I have created and I can see theirs.

Pandora's Facebook App

Other apps that do this within Facebook are Upcoming for events, WordPress with blog posts, Twitter with status updates, del.icio.us with bookmarks, Digg with dugg news stories, and many more.

A users activity inside of your applications is very silo’d. No one else gets to see it. But you really do want a users to be able to show their friends what they’re doing with you’re applications. That way things can be more viral.

You want the first user to go about his/her business with your Web app. Within Facebook, people will see what they’re doing with your app. Hopefully your user’s friends will start using it and their friends will start using it.  You’ll be sharing your content without having to actually share it explicitly.
The Web is so big. People want to be able to use their friends as a filter for what they should and shouldn’t check out in life in and out of the Web. Why not provide them with the most information possible?

Mac OS 10.5 Leopard Install Party?

While I’m not overwhelmed with excitement with the upcoming release of Mac OS 10.5 Leopard, being an Apple fanboy, I’m sure i’ll be getting it shortly after it comes out on Oct 26th. (I may not be able to go on opening night because i’ll be at Startup Weekend DC.)

Anybody wanna have a Mac OS 10.5 Leopard Install Party? Because of DC Startup Weekend, we could have on it on Monday, Oct 29th. Everyone can come over to my apt., drink beer, and hope the update doesn’t kill our laptops.

Drop me a comment if you’re interested.

Updated: It’s 10.5 not 10.4.  Thanks.

Come hear Alex Giron of nclud and CSS Beauty at RefreshDC Tomorrow!

Alex Giron sticking out his tongue

The monthly gathering of DC Web geeks and entrepreneurs at Refresh DC has easily become one of the highlights of my month. There is consistently a great speaker to gain insight from and a great community of people to meet and get to know.

This month is no different. The speaker is famed designer Alex Giron of local design firm nclud and popular Web development community site CSS Beauty. He’s going to be talking about “ways in which you can take a website idea and bring it into fruition, from concept, to design, to code and anything in between.” I’m confident it will be great.

After the talk, we all go to the pub thats inside the Hilton in Alexandria for great conversation, more food, and beer. It’s a great opportunity to meet even more really talented people and maybe get your questions answered from what was talked about that evening.

Make sure that you RSVP for this month’s Refresh DC over on Upcoming. I’d love to pack the room.

BTW – Jason Garber is a rockstar for putting all of the Refresh DC events together. Jason, you’re awesome.

(Note: The above photo is of Alex Giron and was taken by Jeff Kubina

How Does Slide’s Facebook App “Top Friends” Have 3M+ Daily Active Users?

Slide's Top Friends Listing in FB

Today, I was on the Web site for the Facebook application maker Slide Inc. They say “Slide’s ‘Top Friends’ has more than 3 million active daily users.” The same thing is said in the Facebook Applications Directory.

If you’re not familiar with the application Top Friends, you say who your top friends are and thats it. You display that information on your profile.

How on earth does that give Slide 3+ million daily active users? What is there to use? You set your friends and then you forget it.  How is this an engaging app?

Someone explain this to me.

Do you use Digg? If so, what is your username?

My Digg Profile

Ever since they made their recent round of changes, I’ve been using Digg more and more to find interesting stories on the Web.

I think one of my favorite features is to see what sites my friends are digging. Their diggs mean more than that of some random dude on the site. Plus its an easier way to filter through the 1000s of articles that go up everyday on Digg, without just depending on what’s recently popular.

The thing is… for this aspect of Digg to be useful, more of my friends need to use it. Do you use Digg? If so, what’s your user name? If you don’t use Digg, why don’t you use Digg?