In the aftermath of the two day, MSR-sponsored Social Computing Symposium at the Marriott in Redmond, I am tongue-tied and twisted up into a tight ball of creative energy. If I am never again honored to attend an event so densely packed with people whose ideas and collective energy excite my intellect so broadly and profoundly, I will nonetheless feel gratified to have experienced it this once. A hearty thanks to my managers and development team for giving me leave to disappear for a few days.
My noggin battery is recharged and my thought factory is working overtime. The night after the Symposium ended, I awakened twice, attacked my Dilbert notebook with my trusty Microsoft pen, and then fell back to sleep. I revisited my mid-night scribblings the following morning to find them surprisingly lucid, at least in contrast to past attacks of nocturnal creativity. I plan to refine and blog about a few of my ideas and general observations in the coming days. I've already blogged about one such idea: musicr and understand that this is a special interest of my friend, Sebastien Paquet (dude, blogroll maybe?). Perhaps Seb can point us to some additional resources? Another idea I'm chewing on relates to Wikis and the "backchannel" research that Liz Lawley and Richard Hodkinson presented at the Symposium yesterday. Good stuff.
A few photos from the Symposium, including one ebullient Microsoft PM, J, compliments of Molly Steenson, Derek Powazek, and Nancy White. Tagsalicious.
Folks I had a chance to hang out with at the Symposium:
I realize, belatedly, that this post is getting too long. But there were many other fascinating people I met at the Symposium and hope to meet again, online or elsewhere, in the near future: