By DaveLevy on Oct 02, 2006
I spent the morning working in the back stage area. I and some colleagues were running the multi-media interactivity and I was also checking out the blog festival. [ sun | technorati ]. While listening to the presentations was very difficult, seeing trends that were previously invisible, because we got to see all the replies, was really good. It ensured that questions that concern everyone were presented in the Q&A sessions. Basically we invited those in the hall to text, IM or mail their comments to the backstage crew who aggregated and forwarded them to the MC. We also used these technologies and processes to invite questions to the speakers and speakers asked questions of the audience.
Taken by Kris Buggenhout/bittenbytes, hosted at Flickr (cc) with personal permission, therefore this picture is (C), copyright 2006.
It was like the proverbial swimming duck, it looked really smooth but under the water the feet are flapping madly.
Our american colleagues are into AIM in a way that seems to preceed my contempories in the UK and europe. While I got an AIM login when Netscape launched Netscape Online, one of my longest known friends only just got themselves an IM account last month when his son moved to Reading for University. AIM was not exactly ubiquitous, but a number of us used our IM accounts to keep in touch during the morning.