My second web conference

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Last summer I went to WebVisions here in Portland. While I missed this years event, I’ve been to other smaller scale events such as BarCamp. They’ve all been similar in that there are a number of sessions going on at once that are mostly unrelated. That was one of my gripes about WebVisions.

I recently attended An Event Apart Seattle. While it’s still a bunch of nerds hanging out at a conference center, it’s different in that it feels more like a two day, tag team lecture – a notebook of presentation slides is even included. There’s one room. One session. One speaker at a time. Topics feel somewhat paired and ordered. Some speakers talk both days. In a word, it’s cohesive.

While both styles have their merits (and cost differences), the more cohesive pattern works better for me. Sure, I might not stumble upon some random topic that I’d have otherwise ignored, but I also don’t inadvertently get the same talk twice. I’m also quite certain the all-star lineup of the Seattle event had a lot to do with my digging it. Some random points:

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  1. BETTY 20070625

    Will’s mom?


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