Random Thoughts

God doesn’t have a blog

The Lord does not blog. The bible was his blog, if you want to get really technical about it.

However, the big guy has decided to answer some questions over at . So, ask away! But be careful what you ask – once you know the real answer you kinda have to do what he says, you know what I mean?



Paid Content for free, Meetup for pay

Last night I attended the beginning of the Paid Content event, as well as the NY New Tech Meetup.
I met Rafat from Paid Content, and he seems like a really good guy. I do have to say, though, that the MediaBistro guys nailed the vibe pretty well with this:

We were in force — that means two of us — at the PaidContent zoofest mixer last night. Stood outside a midtown nightclub in a rope line, doing our best impression of dot-com-bubble days, then went inside and joined the crush…Ate a fig. Shook hands. Left for air. Whew.

I ran into Donna Bogatin from ZD who had this and this to say about it. It was nice catching up with Donna. Here’s my photos of the event.

A source tells me the panel didn’t go so well, as the WSJ guy kept doing long monologues. Basically I heard he talked too much. My source said it was better that I left. Sorry to hear that. I hope I can go to the next one – I had heard great things about the one with Arthur Sulzberger.

I actually didn’t check my coat (which I heard was a good move, as my source told me it took them 45 minutes to retrieve theirs) so I bolted out at about 10 before 7 to get down to the Meetup at Cooper Union.

Now, the Paid Content event was free, but the Meetup last night cost $20. Usually, one would think the opposite.

However, in this case, the folks who paid to sponsor the paid content event were not great speakers (so I hear) but the non-pay-for-play Meetup speakers were a lot of fun.

Brent Halliburton of got the crowd riled up about his WIkipedia for orgcharts. I had seen this at Web2.2, and was excited he came to NYC to demo. Urbis seemed cool.
I didn’t get Linkstorms at first, but having looked at their website, it’s more than an ad that has a DHTML or Flash menu that drops down from it. It can really help advertisers drive people to action or to new information from a very small ad (potentially) like a logo. The presenter claimed that 23% of people went through the menus, and 40% of those clicked through to somewhere else. Anything past a 1% click through is a lot, so a 9.2% click through is impressive. UPlayMe presented – social connections around music or media (they also showed videos) you’re watching/listening to. Seems gaming connections are in the future for this company, which I think is a better model.

The evening started with a cool presentation by Steven Levy about his new book and also about the famous home brew computer club of Silicon Valley and how it might have had a similar vibe to what the current meetup is like. Photos from the event.

Glad I paid my $20 (and got good food and drink afterwards) instead of staying at the very crowded free event.