WordCamp 2008 – Snapshot of the Changing Social of Conferences
I’m still reeling and processing all the exciting events associated with WordCamp 2008 in San Francisco. Saturday was packed with so many of the best speakers – the best of the best in blogging, SEO, WordPress, PHP, Theme and Plugin development – it was blogging and WordPress overload.
Today’s conferences and events are true definitions of information overload and blogs and social media play important roles in the over-abundance of input. They are also part of the new online social networking surge, allowing attendees to share their experience of the event with the world through various media and social networks.
While attending the conference and afterward, there was so much information being shared on different services – it was difficult to keep up. Many were live blogging the WordCamp event on their blogs while others were using Twitter, Tumblr, and other microblog services to share the event. Many were also discussing the event on Twitter, Pounce, Plurk, and other social services.
It used to be that event coordinators would put most of their energies into the event specifics, corrdinating speakers, attendees, social functions, and logistics. Today’s events must also prepare and monitor the online world to help coordinate and track discussions, news, and feedback before, during, and after the event.
Here are some of the coverage from different services about WordCamp 2008 in San Francisco, a mere sampling of all the coverage.
WordCamp 2008 Live Blogging and Blog Reports
- The WordCamp Report with Patrick Havens
- Andrew Mager from ZDNet.com Live Blogging of WordCamp 2008
- TechCrunch reported on “The State of WordPress 2008”
- CNet Live Blogging of WordCamp 2008 by Dan Farber
- Matt Mullenweg – WordCamp and Scavenger Hunt Photos
- Stewtopia – Wordcamp SF 2008 Follow Up
- Stewtopia – Wordcamp SF 2008 Pictures
- duane storey – WordPress 2008 Live Blog In San Francisco
- WordCamp 2008 : WordPress SEO Mistakes We All Make
- AllThingsD – WordCamp 2008 San Francisco
- CN Reviews – WordCamp 2008: WordPress SEO Mistakes We All Make
- David Fiedler: Infobahn Warrior – LiveBlogging at WordCamp 2008!
- Earth 911 – WordCamp 2008
- EduBloggin’ The Crowd at WordCamp
- Raanan Bar-Cohen – WordCamp SF 2008 Coverage
- WordPress Philippines – WordCamp 2008 live coverage
- Alan Levine aka CogDog – WordCamp Takeaways
- WordCamp 2008 San Francisco – Great Fun. Pictures Don’t Lie.
- Red Pill – Another Successful WordCamp Wraps Up
Speakers Slide Shows and Presentation Notes
The speakers at WordCamp helped attendees and lurkers experience their WordCamp talks by sharing their notes, slides, and video of their programs.
- Alan Levine speaking on The Future of Education and WP (Slides on Flickr) (blog post) (audio)
- Noel Jackson speaking on Color Theory and the Making of Monotone (Slides)
- Lorelle VanFossen speaking on 260 Ways to Break WordPress (Slides)
- Tantek Çelik speaking on WordPress and Microformats: Past, Present, Future
- Aaron Brazell speaking on Search and Findability (Findability Abwc2008 Slides)
- Toni Schneider speaking on WordPress Consulting – getting paid for your WP skills
- Sam Bauers speaking on Hassle-free Upgrades
- Stephan Spencer speaking on SEO Mistakes Most Bloggers Make (PPT)
- Andy Peatling speaking on State of BuddyPress (Slides)
- Joseph Scott speaking on WordPress APIs — iPhone and Beyond! (Slides)
- Stephen O’Grady speaking on Open Source business models (slides)
- Will Norris speaking on DiSo, OAuth, and more (slides)
- Mark Jaquith speaking on Secure Coding with WordPress (Slides) (blog post)
- Emil Ong speaking on Quercus — PHP in Java (Slides)
- Jeremy Clarke speaking on Democratizing the Web through Global Voices
- Ben Huh Presentation on Virality (pdf)
You can find more slides at SlideShare, and videos should soon be on Viddler.
WordCamp 2008 on Twitter
During Matt Mullenweg’s “State of the Word” presentation, I blogged it live on Twitter, which stirred up a lot of interest in the event from around the world. I wasn’t alone. Many had WordCamp discussions about the conference, about the speakers, and between themselves throughout the course of the day. Some even tweeted asking where I was in the room and asking questions, which meant my attention was constantly torn between the speakers, the attendees, my responsibilities at the event, and my computer’s announcements of Twitter activity all day long. Nathan Rice even uploaded a twitpic of me giving my presentation on Twitter.
To track WordCamp discussions on Twitter, try these:
Some of those covering WordCamp on Twitter included:
- Andrew Mager
- Lorelle on WordPress (lorelleonwp)
- Andy Peatling
- emily chang
- Justin Thorp
Flickr Images of WordCamp 2008Flickr was working overtime for WordCamp 2008. Between Friday night’s pre-conference social events, the day long conference, and the WordPress Charity Scavenger Hunt, Flickr was on fire from WordPress Community uploads.
Here are some of the tags with images of WordCamp 2008 in San Francisco on Flickr that I found:
Here are some of the many WordPress fans with WordCamp 2008 photographs uploaded to Flickr:
- Daniel Brusilovsky
- Dennis Goedegebuure
- Duane Storey
- Patrick Havens
- Heather R.
- Mark Jaquith
- Randy Stewart
WordCamp 2008 on Technorati
While many aren’t using tags as often as was hoped, Technorati still found some WordCamp tags to index, including videos from YouTube tags.
- Technorati Tag for wordcamp2008
- Technorati Tag for wordcampsf2008
- Technorati Tag for wordcamp
- Technorati Video Tags for wordcamp
- Technorati Video Tags for wordcampsf2008
WordCamp on YouTube
Chuck Lewis, the SEO Rapper continues to get a lot of attention and he was the hit of WordCamp 2008. Many uploaded video of his SEO and WordPress raps to YouTube:
- SEO Rapper At WordCamp SF 2008
- Chuck Lewis, SEO Rapper at WordCamp 2008
- WordCamp SF 2008 intro
- SEO Rapper at WordCamp SF 2008 New WordPress Rap
- SEO Rapper at WordCamp SF 2008 Social Media Rap
- Matt Mullenweg and Chuck the SEO Rapper WordCamp 2008
- Interview with SEO Rapper at WordCamp SF 2008
- SEO Rapper 2
- SEO Rapper
Some other speakers and activities at WordCamp 2008 were also uploaded to YouTube:
- WordCamp , Kittens and Geeks in Parks!
- Matt Mullenweg gives WordCamp Philippines props
- Ma.tt (Matt Mullenweg) WordCamp SF 2008 Welcome
Finding WordCamp 2008 All Over the Web
WordCamp 2008 in San Francisco was everywhere around the web. I just couldn’t keep up. There were so many tags to track the event, though
wordcamp2008 were the most popular.
Did you find some favorite social networks or services that helped you track what was going on with WordCamp?
Next time you plan your next event, or attend one, make sure you add all the various social networks and services by keyword and tag for your event to your feed reader so you can keep up with all the online discussions.
The author of Lorelle on WordPress and the fast-selling book, Blogging Tips: What Bloggers Won't Tell You About Blogging, as well as several other blogs, Lorelle VanFossen has been blogging for over 15 years, covering blogging, WordPress, travel, nature and travel photography, web design, web theory and development extensively as web technologies developed.
Awesome aggregation of WordCamp resources. I think that picture of photomatt captures the personality of the founder and the event.
Thanks for the hard work on this post, and for catching our post on Stephen Spencer’s SEO mistakes pitch.