Just had a look at the TechCrunch40 conference website…always interested to see just how web 2.0 these conference website are…
IT Redux has a post mentioning the web 2.0 tool successes and failures, Clearspace seemed to go OK.
Basically people interested in the conference can set up a profile and blog, people search, create community (forums/document collaboration).
Reboot, had a social network blogging system for, I think the several presenters.
And SuperNova created a Wink profile for a lifestream that included a:Jaiku Supernova channel, Flickr supernova tag, Podango podcasts and it’s blog.
Good idea as you can view a stream of what people are talking and tagging about the conference, if you join wink, you can also comment on items…anyway they also had stuff on their own website, including video streams.
Then we have the Fast Forward blog, that is a multi-authored blog that has outlived it’s conference.
So far it seems the Office 2.0 conference was the only one that created a network environment for people to engage with the conference attendees and others…then we have social matching.
The good idea about all of this is that people have a platform to enage, and secondly once the conference is over the conversation can keep going.
Anyway, so what are TechCrunch doing:
- user ratings for each company
- a general Tangler synchronous/asynchronous forum
- press (people talking about the conference in general)
- MultiMedia (twitter/TC40, Flicker tag, video ??)
- SMS voting (via mozes)
So far Tangler seems to be the only feature where people can really interact with each other.
- Technorati Tag (what are people saying in the blogosphere)
- what’s the Flickr of podcasts and video
- hope to see video streaming
- a group blog or blog social network for companies and presenters
We can get our photo’s, podcasts, videos, blog posts, tweets aggregated into the one spot, whether it’s at a lifesteam service or blended into the website itself, I suppose it’s an aboutstream or topicstream.
TechCrunch could easily create, or anyone could create a Wink profile for a user called TC40, and topicstream the flickr tag, twitter account, etc…
But this is just a way to aggregate a view about what people out there are saying about this topic, there is no engagement.
Only thing missing is social networking, people interested in the conference to be able to add friends, comment wall, private message…you wouldn’t even need a blogging component or presence blogging or photo’s or video’s, as all that could be added as widgets from the places you already publish and collect that type of stuff.
Would people join a social network just for the conference??
It’s more for communicating (IM, comments wall, private message), whereas the content would all be re-syndicated from 3rd party services, like Flickr, Twitter, your blog, etc…
Not sure if you can do this at PageFlakes or NetVibes, but I’m thinking a group where people join, and within this group is a social network startpage.
Or what about if you could join a group at Wink, and within this group is a social network, each person can re-syndicate their lifestream (also some inhouse posts that slip into your lifesteam), comment on items on people’s lifestream, add friends, private message, etc…
Then the front page of the group would have all this stuff aggregated, but I suppose the homepage could bypass this and be the TC40 Wink profile (this kind of looks like it’s aggregating each users lifestream)
Only problem here is that we don’t want each profile to have that person’s total lifestream, we just want that persons TC40 tagstream. This means when I enter my lifestream, I just enter the RSS of the tag I use for my TechCrunch conference photo’s in Flickr, the RSS of the tag of my blog posts about the TechCrunch conference, etc…
If the homepage aggregated all the users tagstreams, then we could see the latest blog posts, photos, videos, etc…whether or not they use the same tag eg. TC40…and this would aggregate more than just a couple of services (Flickr, Twitter, etc..)
Seems a bit complicated to me…
In contrast the Office 2.0 conference was about not only joining a new network, but also publishing content native to that network…don’t know how well this would fly, since we already have all our various soap boxes and collections, where we can simply tag content.