Free Ticket for Web2 Expo Berlin available

Web2Ireland recently had a competition with the prize as free tickets to Web2Expo Berlin.

Via a small skunkworks project that we’re currently undertaking, we managed to extract a couple of tickets. The event is on from 5th-8th November, full details here.

So if you want to go to Berlin, and want a free ticket (preference will be given to somebody in Ireland) leave a comment or drop an email.

Advertising companies and online presence.

Now that the domain registry rules for .ie registration have become a little easier to navigate, we will probably begin to see more and more sites and microsites associated with specific campaigns.

For example, the Power of One Campaign is one that springs to mind. This must have a huge budget that extends across broadcast, print, (schools, workplace education ?), and the web.

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Geek reading material for holidays

a sad, sad list of geek reading material – hopefully good weather in the south-east will mean i won’t get through all of this….

iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon: How I Invented the Personal Computer, Co-Founded Apple, and Had Fun Doing It

Revolution in The Valley: The Insanely Great Story of How the Mac Was Made

Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything

The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century

On the Edge: the Spectacular Rise and Fall of Commodore

My only respite from total meltdown will be Post Captain by Patrick O’Brian.

Twitter Tags?

I’m a sometimes user of twitter. thing is, when you start recommending the ideas behind such a service, something like pownce comes along. such is the importance of recommending the idea to customers, rather than the service itself….

back to twitter though. i would probably subscribe to more tweets if i could turn the banality off. at the expense of losing a few characters off each message, i would quite happily not receive messages that have been tagged as such.

as a potential business service, this would be a basic requirement.

Brief thoughts on BarCamp Dublin

Dropped in on BarCamp Dublin for a few hours on Saturday, and caught talks by Darren, Sean and Cengal, as well as the plenary.

Darren is a slick presenter and gave some nice insights into running media/viral campaigns – but he was badly let down by wifi connectivity; in this scenario, am I the only one that thinks that the bandwidth should go to the the presenter?

As usual, Sean O’Sullivan gave an entertaining and informative overview into the development pangs for MySay, and Cegala talked on wooing the financial sector.

Chatted with Eamon Walshe of Exoftware and Sean McGrath at lunch break – did a project with Eamon a few years back, and first learned about Python with Propylon back in 2001 with Sean.

The plenary was useful, but a bit too disjointed for me – getting more traffic to your blog and dealing with comments seemed just a little, well, pedestrian to me for this event; Darren did offer some interesting analogies on comments though; in a recent blog survey that Capulet did – one respondent said that comments ‘were like crack[cocaine]‘.

On the whole blogger death-threat thing, he mentioned the long tail of fame – which sounds pretty plausible; if you have a community or audience to your blog, and that audience grows – chances are (nay, certainty is) you will get responses which are rude and nasty. being famous, even within a potentially small, long tail audience, might draw stalker types that traditionally follow the traditional targets. scary, but plausible…

note to self : don’t attempt to introduce yourself to some one before they are about to get on stage to speak. Tom – might chat to you again some time.

Well done to the organising team, and I look forward to the next one.

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Sligo to Frisco – with Infacta

Jonathan and the guys from Infacta were on on sunday night/monday morning. The archive is here.

Of course, Steve Mann was doing this years ago.