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Engaged Attendees "Walked" the Social Media "Talk" at BlogPotomac

At one point on Friday June 13, 2008, I looked around the packed Stage Theater, venue of BlogPotomac, and realized that virtually everybody was video interviewing or photographing each other. (Photo at left by Li Evans.)

In other words, they were walking the talk, or promise, of social media. Namely, everyone is a participant and - in the case of an unconference - what goes on in the audience is just as important as what's said on stage.

In addition to co-chairing the event with Geoff Livingston, my role was pretty simple: I introduced some of our terrific speakers and ran around with a mike to amplify audience questions or comments.

I did a bit of Twittering, got interviewed myself by Chris Parandian of Mobile Diner and Li Evans of Search Marketing Gurus, but stupidly forgot to bring my digital Flip camera. It's primitive, but good for 30 - 60 second interviews which can be uploaded to YouTube. (Photo by Li Evans.)

It was wonderful to leave it to the 150-plus attendees to co-create the content of our day-long event. They didn't disappoint.

(Note: it was a typically mixed crowd of DC-ers, from local marketing & PR agencies, to associations and non-profits, to several government agencies, including the EPA and the Pentagon.)

Herewith is a roundup of the digital trail produced by BlogPotomac (links courtesy of Geoff):

Thanks to our speakers and sponsors

Sincere thanks again to our engaging and provocative speakers: Lionel Menchaca of Dell, Dan Beyers of The Washington Post, Maggie Fox of Social Media Group, Jeremy Pepper of Boingo, Frank Gruber of AOL, KD Paine of KD Paine & Partners and Kami Huyse, social media consultant.

For more about our speakers, see the Q & A series I did on BlogPotomac.com.

Thanks also to our great line-up of sponsors: Viget Labs, Conference Calls Unlimited, GiantSticker.com, Social Media Club, Social Times, Edelman, Compendium Blogware, Network Solutions, PRSA National Capital Chapter, Boingo and ooVoo.

Take the BlogPotomac survey

If you attended the event, be sure to take the survey to help us prepare for BlogPotomac 2009.


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Posted by Debbie Weil on June 17, 2008 in Events , Social media | Permalink


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Geoff Livingston

Thanks, Debbie. It was a great pleasure working with you. I think it was a smashing success!

Debbie Weil

Geoff, likewise. So far the high point of the summer for me!

Justin Thorp

Debbie, I'm so glad to hear that it went well. I'm bummed that I wasn't able to make it. I was in San Fran at another conference.

If you're up for it, it'd be fun to grab lunch again sometime soon. I hope all is well.


Hey Debbie - so nice to see you again, and thanks so much for asking me to participate. It was an amazing event, wonderful speakers, questions and great content!

Can't wait for next year!

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