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Tonight! Tune in to Trackback radio show on Web Monday, Barcamp, others

Saturday, April 7th, 2007

If all goes well I’ll make it on tonight’s (Saturday) edition of Trackback. They plan to do a brief interview with me some time between 6pm and 8pm Berlin Time. We’ll be talking about Web Monday, Barcamp, pl0gbar, the upcoming re:publica conference (plus however many other unconferences, un-meetings or un-formats we can think of that have recently popped up in Germany).

Tune in, the Trackback blog should be open for comments. I might set up an IRC channel (if there isn’t one already). In addition, I’ll be available via Skype, Twitter etc. from about 5pm.

Coworking Germany

Sunday, March 18th, 2007

Coworking is spreading to Germany:

Kudos to Johannes for moving this forward. He presented the coworking concept at the recent Web Monday Karlsruhe.

Via Nicole: Coworking DE

He says, she says: Conflict and coordination in Wikipedia

Wednesday, March 7th, 2007

At Wiki Wednesday tonight, PARC researcher Bryan Pendleton just talked about his recent research project: He says, she says: Conflict and coordination in Wikipedia (to be published at CHI 2007 in April if I’m guessing correctly).

Lots of analysis, visualization and insights into the phenomenon that is Wikipedia. Very cool stuff!

Web2Open: San Francisco, April 17/18

Monday, March 5th, 2007

Tara just announced that the Web2Open wiki is now up.

What is the Web2Open?

The Web2Open is a part of the Web 2.0 Expo, open to anyone who would like to attend. We do ask that you have a badge, but you may register for a free Expo Only badge using the code at the bottom of this page.

The Web 2.Open was conceived with FooCamp/BarCamp in mind. This open event blends some pre-scheduled content with an open grid where the attendees fill in the sessions they either want to discuss or present themselves. It is the perfect space to provide the community at large with a place to connect with other attendees, learn more about elements of Web 2.0, and share one’s knowledge and experiences.

An unconference hybrid, if you will (and free of charge).

On Monday, April 16, it’s Web Monday Silicon Valley (Upcoming) once again, and it just so happens that we will also be in San Francisco this time around.

Anyone flying in from Germany (other than Nicole)? Let’s meet.

I’m on Twitter

Monday, March 5th, 2007

You know what to do…

Ehrensenf’s Katrin Bauerfeind on Valleywag’s “Vlog Hot: Babes Semifinals Heat 1″

Monday, March 5th, 2007

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CommunityNext: The Patent-Pending skinnyCorp Method for Creating Online Awesomeness and Other Cool Stuff

Monday, February 26th, 2007

This is another session from CommunityNext that I think really stood out.

The Threadless project started as a hobby. The goal was never to turn it into money — the founders were simply interested in art.

Again, it’s people doing what they are passionate about and doing it very, very well, and Jeffrey Kalmikoff and Jake Nickell of skinnyCorp give a prime example of that. Their motto is: “If we’re not having fun, we’re done!” (their measuring metric: a fun scale).

Their four commandments are:

  1. Allow your content to be created by its community (and by content they mean pretty much anything).
  2. Put your project in the hands of its community.
  3. Let your community grow itself.
  4. Reward the community that makes your project possible.

I mean, think of how much fun it must be to be able to come up with stuff like this (at work, that is).

Watch the video here.

CommunityNext: Founders Panel — How They Got to over 5 Million Members and What Is Next

Monday, February 26th, 2007

I found this panel at CommunityNext to be insightful, inspirational, and very entertaining. Gives a good glimpse into what I see is the spirit of Silicon Valley (or, in a way, the West Coast in general).

Bottom line: Do what you’re passionate about and give it your best shot!

The video is now on Youtube.

Panelists (from left to right):

Moderated by Guy Kawasaki.

By the way, I couldn’t find the original image that started it all on Fark’s website, but if you Google for “squirrel nuts” you get the idea. Go figure!

At CommunityNext today

Saturday, February 10th, 2007

I’m at CommunityNext in Stanford today. And when I come back, I will monetize the living #$*! out of you, my dear reader community.

Any important issues I should look out for? Anything you’d like to ask the panelists? Let me know.

Neue Deutsche Welle 2.0 (Da Da Da)

Sunday, February 4th, 2007

In case you’re roughly my age and from Germany (or for some odd reason ended up spending the ’80s there), you know what I mean: The Meebo Super Bowl XIL ad features one of Trio’s (the band) big hits.

I clearly remember when they would perform on the more traditional music shows on TV at the time (this was before the dawn of cable in Germany — all we had was three and a half friggin’ channels) and older folks would shake their heads (in what can best be described as a combination of both befuddlement and disgust) and go like: What’s that. That’s not music. He can’t even sing!

Imagine what you would have to do today to cause a scandal…