It’s been two months after last WebCamp and it’s time for another party. Following the idea of BarCamps with story line, we’ve decided to organize RealTime Social WebCamp Ljubljana.
This time we’ve decided to focus on a single emerging technology space: Real-Time Social Web. If you’re not up-to date with the latest buzzwords, it’s about next generation RSS protocols like HubSubPubBub, RSSCloud, XMPP (that powers GTalk), Synaptic Web, Twitter API and a bunch of other technologies and ways of thinking about the Web and Mobile space.
Intended audience are developers and people who are close to them (e.g. interface designers, product managers, etc.) and will need to innovate in this space in the next 6 months.
We’re doing it a bit more limited this time, just 50 spaces. I’m interested in seeing how a smaller and more focused group changes the dynamics of such gathering.
The rules for the tickets are the same as the last time. Send description of your talk early and you get a ticket, or hope that you can click fast enough for the left-over tickets later. I believe that extra effort should be awarded.
The official language this time is Slovenian since we’ve figured out that locals that are not native speakers understand our geek talk enough that it shouldn’t be a problem and we can understand them as they lecture in their own language.
As always: all the details are at http://www.webcamp.si
Winning Seedcamp top 20 is a great thing and even better press event, where all the Tech media will give you some spotlight and fractions of their traffic. It’s probably the biggest spike of visitors for next 3 months.
Try to preperare for this event. Looking over list of 22 winners this year and tracking basic social media:
- Only about half of companies had blogs (of that just a few actually had RSS tag on their homepage)
- There were a few input forms for newsletters
- I found a few Twitter accounts but I had to look hard
- Most of the time it was not clear from a quick look what the company was about, or what piece of text to copy if I want to quickly blog about it
Reversing this list makes a simple TODO:
- Get Blog
- Get Twitter account (and use Twitter Search to track mentions of your brand)
- Get a Newsletter input form (just gather mails for now, deal with confirmations and writing newsletter later)
- Make it easy for people to quote and talk about your product
One extra item to consider is also getting a Get Satisfaction account, so you don’t have to deal with setting up your forum while early adopters can easily communicate with you.
I also went through all the startups on DemoFall and I’m looking at Techrunch50 as they’re reveiled and statistic there are even worse. Only about 20% of companies have blogs and I won’t even comment on their micro-blogging presence.
Early adopters want news about you in micro-chuncks so providing easy ways to get it at their leisure. RSS feeds are great for that, together with Twitter account so people can address you without having to go through time expensive operation of figuring out your email and sending one.
Don’t worry, it’s just a beginning of a wild ride 🙂
Going to conferences is exciting activity, where you get to spend a few days in a completely different environment, around peers listening to exciting people who you most often look up to. But most of trade-show conferences today are not organized like academic conferences where you get to take home a full binder of proceedings that allows you to study the presented material to certain depth and reference it.
There is a very simple trick to keep up with the ideas of smart person on the stage – look up his or hers page and add their blog to your Google Reader. Today’s conference superstars will often blog in great detail about things they present at conferences, post slide-shows and videos of their presentations at other events and link to other people in their field with like minded ideas. If you feel really attached to them, you can also start stalking following them on Twitter or FriendFeed.
The best part of this is – it’s free and it’s easy to incorporate it into your everyday rutine, since you most likely already drink the morning coffee while reading last nights feeds.
About a week ago I suddenly stopped using Twitter. I remove the Twitterberry app from my Blackberry, and disabled the web version. So there was no more Twitter. During this time I continued with my normal life and started gathering notes on differences.
Three biggest observations:
- I should Twitter this effect. I realized that I became more self-conscious. While things are happening to me in a course of day, I see events that are “important enough” to warrant a Tweet. I also tried to formulate perfect 140-chars limited wording in my head. The fact that I couldn’t get my twitter hit, always left me a bit down.
- Nobody missed anything important. Not really a discovery, but I think that nobody really missed things that I broadcast out. There were a few requests for information/parties/etc. but somehow they everyone managed to find me through the usual channels: email/IRC/etc.
- I didn’t miss big things. While I can’t really know this without going back and reading the whole week of Tweets, I got all the information I needed through RSS feeds or personal/electronic interaction with people.
While nothing bad happened, I did notice that I was less distracted. I’m not sure if this is connected directly to not using Twitter, but not having something to do while being bored for 3 minutes at lunch/meeting/etc. did help me focus better.
I did probably miss a lot of impromptu opportunities for meetings, coffee and similar that people throw out into Twitter, and hope that someone replies. As a consequence of this I spent a few more evenings at home, hacking and working on fun things (like blogging).
I do want to go back into using Twitter. I will probably follow less people, and self-control myself on mobile device but most importantly, I just need to reserve myself more personal time and cut down on all the social hanging out (it’s not that I don’t enjoy it, but maybe there is an upper limit).