Let’s get right down to it, because I have a goal tonight, people. My goal is to write two blog posts (this one and one over on The Central Ohio Network) in time to sit down and watch So You Think You Can Dance. I’d like to kick it old school tonight and watch my show straight through from the time it starts to the time it ends, instead of my usual DVR sprint through the program skipping past the commercials and extraneous chatter by Cat Deeley. I love this show so much that I sometimes have a religious experience when I watch it, so I want to be sure it gets my full attention tonight. No triple fast forwarding!
Twebinar – one down, two to go
So much to blog about here. I’ve been able to participate in some awesome social media events in the past week or so, and I want to give a quick overview for those who may have missed these hot spots. First, all of Twitter has been abuzz for a week now about Chris Brogan’s first Twebinar hosted by Radian 6. Many bloggers have already done excellent reviews of the experience, and there’s a comprehensive recap by the host as well, but I’ll share a few thoughts of my own. The Twebinar was a series of pre-recorded video segments with social media gurus, interspersed with live video of Chris Brogan doing a great job as MC. Real-time Twitter engagement was encouraged by all participants, and judging from the Twitterstream most of the participants were doing just that. Due to popular demand, when the 2 p.m. original Twebinar was booked full (500 people), the organizers added a second “showing” at 4 p.m. You could read the Twitterstream from both events by going to Summize and entering “Twebinar or @tweb” in the search box. Twitter has seemed awfully slow to me ever since that day – talk about drinking from the social media fire hose.
My take on the Twebinar is that the content was great but somewhat overshadowed by the newness and interactivity and sizzle of the medium itself. I’ve got to admit, it was exciting listening to Chris and the other social media royalty talk about this stuff, while simultaneously Tweeting about it all on Twitter and catching up with others’ conversation flow on Summize. It was an exercise in multi-tasking, that’s for sure – but instead of overwhelming me, it left me wanting more. The best part? Twebinar part 2 is coming up on July 22 at 2 p.m. EST and you can register here. Some may find it to be a sensory overload nightmare, but others will love it. My feeling about social media is that I just can’t seem to get enough, so for me the Twebinar was a lot of fun. It’s free, so if you can spare an hour it’s well worth your time to check it out.
Speaking of fun, I spent Saturday at my first “unconference” – the first ever Podcamp Ohio. This was a full day of social media programming with presentations from excellent speakers who came from near and far. Best of all? Like so many learning opportunities in this social media space, it was completely free. As I told one of the organizers in the days after the event, I’ve paid boatloads of money for conferences and gotten a whole lot less out of them than I did from Podcamp Ohio.
Presenters like Mitch Canter, Jennifer Laycock, Bill Balderaz and Daniel Johnson Jr. and topics such as managing multiple online identities, orchestrating a viral explosion, introductory and advanced WordPress, and social media strategies made it a fantastic event. All of the presentations were recorded and are available in podcast form from Coefficient Media, plus many of the presenters have made their presentations available via SlideShare or their blogs. There’s nothing like being there though, so next time you read or hear about a new media community event that is free and open to the public, jump at the chance.
So, were you on the Twebinar or at Podcamp Ohio? I’d love to know what you thought of these events, too.
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