Kevin Schofield writes about the upcoming Social Computing Research Symposium at Microsoft Research, which Scoble has mentioned also. In looking at the list of attendees, I was surprised to not see any attendees from Google, Six Apart, or UserLand. I'd like Kevin (or Robert) to comment and explain the thought process behind excluding the makers of the leading weblogging tools. While Kevin's explanation does makes sense with respect to having the event be exclusive rather than open, why not include the folks that are making a lot of these tools work for real users?

UPDATE- I should have linked to this post from Kevin on social software/blogging “groupthink” also.  I think that he's over the top here, this sounds like something out of the Register.