Ah Web 2.0 Expo, you're all grown up. Funny this time, walking the floor and seeing so many big booths, big brands. Collaborative technologies are filtering into the enterprise, some more smoothly than others. Sun, Microsoft, Cisco-Webex, Oracle, Disney, IBM, Adobe ring the floor.
I had to laugh, though, seeing the sad little nonprofit area, looking for all the world like the Valley's poor relations hanging out in the hallway. Might want to rethink that next time. I stopped and donated to the EFF out of sheer mortification (not to mention a sense of gratitude for all they do, and all I've learned from them). Here are a few pix: I particularly recommend the completely mystifying taxidermy project, brought to us by some company whose name escapes me.
The Blogtropol.us Lounge, hosted by our friends at The Conversation Group, was a huge hit. It was the place to be: black leather couches, a Wii, a little video studio setup at the end, drinks, chatter, endless pitching and repitching, and a veritable clog of bloggers.
I skipped the parties and missed the keynotes, including what I heard was a spine-tingler from Marc Andreesen, who, to my utter horror, has now assumed the role of Valley elder. Boy does time fly. CNET's Charles Cooper's piece is required reading.