Let’s Hook Up @ Blogtropol.us, Web 2.0

Blogtropol.us @ Web 2.0 Expo in SF 4/23-25/2008

Social media sense-maker and people motivator Chris Heuer and the great team of the Conversation Group are hosting a cool gather-create-share spot at the four-day Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco, April 23-25.

I’ve been working behind the scenes trying to help get my social media posse there. I’m trying to be there on Tuesday and Friday, and I’m looking forward to particpating in the action, seeing my old and making new my social media posse.

If you’re there on Wednesday, check out two of the wisest, generous from my posse — Forrester Research’s Jeremiah Owyang and Intel’s Bob Duffy.

Here are Blogtopolo.us details from Facebook.

CONNECT: Free bandwidth, power, workstations and superior Internet connectivity provided
RE-CHARGE: Food, refreshments, beverages, and afternoon happy hour
RELAX: Daily yoga sessions and chair massages
FOLLOW: @blogtropolus on Twitter to keep up with all of the Blogtropol.us and Web 2 action, as it happens

Blogtropol.us is brought to you by: Snap, Mzinga, Something Simpler Systems, BottleNotes, Pandora, drop.io, Socialtext, Radian6, Elephant Pharmacy, and CNET Webware.

In order to participate you must have a Web 2.0 Expo Pass or conference pass AND you must register for the lounge at – http://blogtropolus.eventbrite.com. Space is limited!

Also see CNET’s Webware 100 Awards at the gathering.

Intel’s Bob Duffy on Stage at Web 2.0 Expo in SF

My pals inside Intel are looking forward to Web 2.0 Expo, April 22-25 in San Francisco — follow the event blog here.

I’m hoping many (at least those based in or near the Bay Area) get to be on the scene. For sure, one great Intel community guy will be there — Bob Duffy.

Bob’s in my social media posse, and he has been helping Intel move from blogging into communities and helping experts get more involved off of Intel sites, where IT pros, consumers and other tech lovers might be asking for insight that Intel can share. He helped compile data, tools and experts to legitimize Intel’s branded community for IT Pros called Open Port. He’s now climbing the ladder to get a better view and help other groups and community minded managers benefit from best practices, and to integrate with existing and ongoing community efforts. For me, he’s in the right place in the right time — for him and for Intel. He’s a listener, participant and skilled at crystalizing powerful notions blended with data to help teams break down silos, harness expertise, ignite interest in activities beyond those inside Intel… He helps us move ahead because he’s thoughtful, inclusive, he’s involved online and takes time to meet and share interests and insights offline.

Sometimes, I see Intel trying to create products or solutions that will meet future demands. There may not be a huge need today for “Dunnington” 6-core processors because many applications are even multi-threaded to take advantage of dual core processors — but there’s tons of working going on to help get software to work ever better with new hardware. On the other hand, things like data security defense and power efficiency needs are top of mind, but often many don’t know that Intel engineers and products can help. New features are being built right into the latest chips at a faster, more predictable rate than ever before (i.e Intel’s “tick-tock” method of new chip design followed by new cycle of product process improvements followed by new chip design…).

This is where Intel marketing teams can step in and help. Finding the right communication tools and identifying pools of conversations can connect Intel technology experts with the growing number people and companies who might benefit from what Intel insiders are working on.

Here are some examples of IT stories and topics Intel experts are exploring on Open Port.

Here’s Bob talking in August 2007, just before the virtual doors were opened at Open Port

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Bob will be joining the social computing wiseman, Forrester Research’s Jeremiah Owyang, on this day two panel:

8:30am – 9:20am Wednesday, 04/23/2008 “Community Building: Good, Bad, and Ugly

Dawn Foster (Jive Software), Jeremiah Owyang (Forrester Research), Bob Duffy (Intel), Kellie Parker (PC World & Macworld). A great community requires considerable forethought, attention to technology, and a dose of know-how to manage the unruly. Read more.

Full schedule of Web 2.0 sessions here.

During Web 2.0 Expo, I’m also looking forward to seeing the winners of CNET’s WebWare 100.

Hope to see you at the expo Tuesday or Friday. That week, I’ll be joining Ogilvy’s Rohit Bhargava at the New Communication Forum April 24 at 10:00 a.m. PT. Rohit is moderating a panel called “Future of Marketing and Advertising.” More on the New Comm Forum in a future post. I’m looking forward to catching up with Rohit after giving birth to a timely book called “Personality Not Included — Why Brands Lose Their Authenticity and How Great Companies Get It Back.” Learn more on his great blog.

Passion between IT & Social Media

I attended my first Social Media Club meeting in Silicon Valley when it was hosted at KNT-TV, the NBC affilaite, during a time when it was exploring citizen journalism and ways to get the community involved in its newsgather efforts. That’s when I sat next to Mike McGrath, who became the chapter leader along with my former Intel pal and now KNTV pro Meredith Smith.

Finally, my wish came true. I wanted to host a Social Media Club meeting at Intel, and that wish came true thanks to support from my boss and especially from many Intel pals like Mark Pettinger, Bob Duffy, Laurie Buczek, Josh Hilliker and Aaron Tersteeg. Thanks to several others like Lyn, Denise, Darold, Jason, Patrick, Chris and PodTech’s “Marketing Voices” host Jennfer Jones.

I list the people first because that’s what it’s all about. My friends made it possible to get time with Shel Israel, Dave McClure and Jeremiah Owyang. The evening attracted a somewhat small, but fully engaged audience of PR pros, enterprise tech experts and social media enthusiasts.

Several people pitched in to spread the word, including some who pointed out that the event was available live through UStream.TV (nearly 20 people joined online — see chat pasted below).

This was an evening of sharing, griping, laughing and opening up to directions we can take to implement social media into the companies where we work.

What hit me most what how Shel Israel got things started, warmed up the speakers, engaged the audience and helped make sense of things through his eyes, feelings, thoughts and desires.

Jennifer Jones from PodTech talked about how more marketing pros are getting their footing in social media. What a great mix of experience with PR and marketing history and new exploration with social media!

Dave McClure what the guy who best hit the them — Social Media and the Enterprise, Moving Forward — and Intel’s Bob Duffy showed how Intel is taking concerted efforts to move beyond corporate blogs into community building.

How-People-Use-Technology Guru and original IT@Intel blogger Eleanor Wynn painted historic and human aspects that brought to life the “how we got here” and “how can we face challenges ahead” stories. She is gifted with an ability to listen and understand people, but her present to the audience was some real insight into how people are using social media…peppered with humor and wonder.

Thanks to everyone who visited Intel headquarter and to those who watched when they could. Here is a collection of blog posts related to the Social Media Club, Silicon Valley held at Intel on 10/22:

What inspired me was the great follow up posts by Jeremiah Owyang, who grounded everything in reality and next steps. Here are one and two great posts that I hope spur more devotion to making social media fit into everyone’s work/life balance…with help of companies and their mighty IT departments….moving at the speed of business. Then Jeremiah “The Social Computing Prophet” finds time to involve more disciples by taking notice that I was sharing his posts with many folks inside Intel. Jeremiah’s posts got over 35 comments so far — wow!

Social Media Club, Silicon Valley Inside Intel Headquarts

The Social Media Club of Silicon Valley will be at Intel Headquarters on October 22 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. for a panel discussion on Social Media and the Enterprise: Looking Forward.

Register to attend the event here and see the online Upcoming Events listing here.

  • Shel Israel is moderating – great social media man and teacher who wrote the book “Naked Conversations” with Robert Scoble
  • Dave McClure, 500 hats blogger, software geek and spirit behind recent gathering for Facebook application creators called Graphing Social Patterns
  • Jeremiah Owyang, social media researcher at Forrester and master Web strategist
  • Jennifer Jones, host of “Marketing Voices” video Podcast available on the PodTech network
  • Eleanor Wynn is an Enterprise Architect, Social Computing and blogger at IT@Intel
  • Bob Duffy, community manager of Intel’s Open Port

Prior and after the discussion, get a show and tell from online community builders from KNTV-TV’s communities efforts, Intel’s Open Port for IT pros and Intel Software Network community.

We will try to livecast the event through UStream.TV, allowing people to watch live and send in comments to the live event — embedded below.

Homepage for the Social Media Club http://www.socialmediaclub.org.

UPDATE:  Watch and chat live on UStream’s site here (tried embedding comments below).  Thanks Jeremiah.

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Facebook Fanboys: Are you Pro or Con? part 2

Dave McClure will be on a Social Media Club, Silicon valley panel at Intel headquarters on October 22. The discussion will be led by Shel Israel — YES! Others include IT@Intel blogger and social computing expert Eleanor Wynn, Social Media master Jeremiah Owyang of Forrester Research, Jennifer Jones of PodTech’s “Marketing Voices” and BobDuffy of Intel’s IT community, Open Port.

Register to attend the event here and see the online Upcoming Events listing here.

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