More live- and post-blogging from BlogHer

Just a quick note – I’m continuing to update the BlogHer 06 live blogging wiki I created yesterday. If you attended BlogHer in person or virtually and blogged it, or come across such coverage, please stop by and add it to the wiki.

I’ve organized the wiki according to the conference schedule. General post-mortems appear at the end of the list.

Thanks to the people who have already been contributing to this wiki! I definitely can’t do this all by myself.

I\’m On a Panel Tonight: Podcasting & PR (Palo Alto)

Today I’m catching a plane to San Jose for the second annual BlogHer conference, which starts tomorrow.

Tonight (Thursday, July 27) I’ve been invited to speak on a panel at a monthly gathering of Bay Area PR luminaries, held this month in Palo Alto. The topic is podcasting.

My fellow panelists are:

The panel is at Fanny & Alexander in Palo Alto. It starts at 6:30 tonight, and probably goes until 9 or so. I don’t believe there’s a fee to attend this event, but you might want to RSVP via

So to warm up my brain for this, here are a few thoughts on podcasting as conversational media…

Read the rest of this article at my other weblog, The Right Conversation

Professional Bookmarking: New Road, Expect Bumps

UPDATE JULY 27: The Washington Post article in which I’m quoted is now online. The reporter, Sara Goo, Did a great job. See: Changes at Netscape Foreshadow AOL’s Evolution. I’m quoted on page 2.

A reporter from a major national newspaper just interviewed me for my perspective on Netscape’s recent offer to pay talented people for their “social bookmarking rights.”

I wondered: “Netscape? Are they still around?” I assumed they were resting on the scrap heap of the the 20th century. So I told the reporter, “Give me an hour to look into this so I can give you an informed opinion.”

Here’s what I’ve learned, and what I think…

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I\’m speaking at the SPJ conference

Just a quick heads up: I’ve recently confirmed as a speaker at this year’s conference of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).

Jeff South, a communications professor at Virginia Commonwealth University and a longtime colleague of mine, invited me to speak on a panel entitled: Tech Trends: A User’s Guide to Software, Hardware and Other Tools Revolutionizing Journalism. That will be Saturday, Aug. 26, in Chicago. (Conference info)

So what do you think journalists should know about using online tools, services, and resources? Remember, most mainstream journalists are still pretty basic when it comes to using the net effectively. A lot of them STILL don’t know what feeds are, and they’re still carrying around tape recorders! (Remember tape? How quaint!)

I haven’t even begun to consider what I should mention. So, if you have ideas, please comment below!

The whole conference lineup looks great, I wish I could attend the whole thing.

After the conference on Saturday, I’ll be meeting up with the most happening podcaster in Chicago, Heidi Miller. She said I can crash at her place Saturday night if I co-host a podcast with her. Oh, the burden…


Blogging a book

As I mentioned yesterday, on July 9 the San Diego Union-Tribune published an article by Bruce Bigelow called Dr. Beyster’s book (Or: How SAIC’s founder stopped worrying about publicity and learned to love the blog).

No kidding, that’s the actual title. Being a die-hard Dr. Strangelove fan, I adore it. And I don’t just like the article because I’m quoted in it. (But thanks, Bruce!)

Anyway, this article is about how J. Robert Beyster, founder of one of the major super-spooky defense/intelligence contractors, SAIC, is using a blog to support/enhance the process of writing a book about the evolution of that employee-owned company. This is rather like what what Robert Scoble and Shel Israel did for Naked Conversations, and what I’m doing for my book on conversational media. But it’s very nice to see someone from outside the tight, incestuous community of online-media professionals trying this strategy.

But it makes a lot of sense…

(Read the full story at my other blog, The Right Conversation…)

Grapes of Wrath and Communications Technology

Lately I’ve been fascinated with learning about the Dust Bowl, thanks to Tim Egan’s excellent recent book “The Worst Hard Time.” This book inspired me to finally get around to reading John Steinbeck’s classic novel of High Plains refugees, “The Grapes of Wrath.”

One thing that struck me about Grapes of Wrath: I doubt that particular story could happen with today’s communication media, even that available to the poorest of the poor. Here’s what I mean…

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Starting conversations online: What\’s different?

Over at my other blog, The Right Conversation, I’m starting to collect my thoughts, observations, and explorations regarding conversational media into a more coherent body of work. This will take several forms over time: a book, a wiki, and most likely a podcast series. But I believe in starting small and simply, so why not blog it first?

In short: You can help me write this book. In fact, I can’t do it without you. This is, after all, about conversational media – so I need to have other folks involved.

The best place to begin, I suppose, is with how conversations start. So here’s an open question:

What’s different about how conversations begin online? Anywhere online – blogs, forums, chat, e-mail, etc. – as opposed to on the phone, print/broadcast, handwriting, via carrier pigeon, or in person?

I’d love it if you’d share your thoughts either in a comment below, or in a posting to your own blog or forum. (Send me a link to it, of course.) Provide recent examples to illustrate your points, if possible.

Read my initial thoughts on this topic over at The Right Conversation