Goodbye too all the new friends. Hope we run into each other, whether in the blogosphere or otherwise. If you're ever in Salt Lake City, send me an email
and we'll get together.
During Friday's lunch, I ran into another Utahn, Tim Stay
, who is the CIO for Know More Media
and a resident of Provo. He immediately recognized my company and we started talking about some of the potentials and pitfalls of using blogs. In the meantime, Robert Scoble
had sat down at our table, and Tim asked Robert, "What advice would you give to Intermountain Healthcare about using blogs?" Thanks, Tim. We had a nice conversation and Robert had some interesting ideas for using blogs to humanize large organizations. With his experience with Microsoft, he would know.
At Thursday night's reception, I met Kojo Darkwa
, who works for the reputation management company Visible Technologies
, Denise Wakeman
, who consults for small business bloggers; Dustin Luther
of Move.com, who also wrote the popular RainCityGuide.com
(and who loves his new pad down in Malibu), and Randy Stewart
of Epinions who blogs at Stewtopia.com
(who hates the gloom of Seattle, but loves being able to buy a home at "half price" compared to Silicon Valley).
Sat at lunch on Thursday next to Andru Edwards
, the guy behind GearLive
. Andru's my new hero; he took his hobby blog and turned it into a booming business. We talked about stuff like pay per post (he doesn't take money for reviews and gives away gear that he gets for free), transparency (his audience doesn't really care if he's getting a free iPod--they trust his opinions), and where he wants to take his company (one word: video).
Now I'm sitting next to a Microsoft guy, Greg Phipps
. Greg is one of the guys behind MSN LiveSpaces, which he says is the largest social networking site on the Web. 70 million spaces--100 million visitors. May be something to look into.
I realized Wednesday night that every person I spoke with yesterday were females. In the interest of keeping my wife from questioning my motives, I sat down next to a couple of guys this morning. Drew Myers
is another Zillow
person, the resident blogger
, according to Sarah (see below). I also met Lee White
, a blogging evangelist within GlaxoSmithKline, who says he is the lone internal blogger within GSK. He also has a personal blog
about, what else?, internal blogging. Good luck to Lee as he spreads the good word. Lee and I were sitting by Danika Hercha
of Intel, a company that has hundreds of internal bloggers.
Ran into Rebecca Ford
after Wednesday's sessions ended. She's a blogger for the Oxford University Press
--her job, she says, mainly consists of getting OUP authors to contribute original content to the blog. That's some forward-thinking in the normally stodgy publishing industry. Good to meetcha, Rebecca.
Spoke with Sarah Mann over lunch on Wednesday. Sarah works for Zillow.com
, a real-estate neighborhood search database. Someone overheard Sarah talking about her employer, she said, "I love Zillow. It's like crack to me." High praise. I think.
Between another session, Jessie Johnston
introduced herself. Jessie is one of the writers for National Geographic's Inside Traveler
. A great idea for a blog, but she says she can only post a few times a week, because EVERYTHING has to be fully vetted. My heart goes out to you, Jessie--that would be a blogging nightmare. But I guess that's balanced by the fact that someone's paying you to blog.
Just listened to Dave Taylor
talk about his concept of "findability." After the session, I chatted with Aparna Mohan
, the director of worldwide communications for MasterCard. Aparna's thinking of ways her very large organization can leverage blogs, maybe even encourage her fellow employees to blog. Aparna has a really interesting blog--Lunchcounter Culture
with tips for people who want to bring a really good lunch to work. I'm a leftovers kind of guy, but when the kids eat all the pizza, Aparna may have some nice ideas.
Over breakfast on Wednesday, I met Anna Martin
of Give Meaning
, a Vancouver, Canada-based organization that helps charities reach out to $5 philanthropists. Fantastic idea, Anna--I hope it works out.
I'll be updating this post throughout the conference.