Today just before lunch I popped over to the
PodCamp Hawaii 2008
unconference to check out the scene and say hello to friends. As usual
and friends did a great job of coordinating, presenting and covering the event. The crowd had a good mix of techies and non-techies looking to leverage new media to promote their businesses. I was hoping to stay longer but I have a ton of work to do on
- I'm sorry I missed your social networking presentation. I hope to catch it online.
One thing that struck me as interesting was that a significant number of people at the conference spent most of the time between talks with their heads down in their laptops and other mobile devices blogging, twittering and emailing. While this is not entirely unexpected at a conference about blogging, podcasting and social media, it does seem a bit deleterious to real world networking. There were a number of times when I was hesitant to approach people because they were so engaged with their devices. It made me think about how you strike a balance. The trend right now it to blog and twitter everything possible, especially at technology related events. Blog, blog, blog...microblog. Unfortunately this can really take away from the important real world social interactions conferences are intended to encourage. At some point will there be a swing in the other direction that re-emphasizes real world 1.0 social interactions? Alternatively, perhaps new technology such as wearable video cameras and systems like
will do a better job of integrating in-person interaction with web based interaction, recording, and broadcasting. Thoughts?
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