Betsy Aoki's WebLog

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    Blogher07 Chicago: First day update, including my community panel

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    Nights before I have to "present" in any way at conferences are always weird. I dream I miss the shuttle bus to the convention center, etc. I was up at 7 am Chicago time (that's 5 am in Seattle) and managed to eat breakfast, get to the keynote/general...
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    At Chicago Blogher07 - a fascinating place so far

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    After the incredible delayed plane and luggage hunt, Chicago emerged as fielding the wet-warm-towel humidity that makes you wish you didn't have sweat glands. Fortunately, there were two drinking events to make up for it. I've managed to reconnect...
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    Getting to Blogher07, or, virtual reality vs. reality reality

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    Reading about how the Internet went down (well a key datacenter went out ) as my butt is parked in an airport, waiting for Chicago's weather to clear up, I am reminded how spoiled and how humbled us tech people can be by...well, real life. I click...
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    Josh Ledgard, Death Bunnies, and a cool drink of lemonade

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    First off, it was sad to see Josh Ledgard go...although in working on the sites that Telligent handles for Microsoft, he's not going too too far away. Josh was one of the earliest members of "Drinking about Community" and someone I could always count...
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    Speaking at Blogher in Chicago this July

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    Yay! I am going to be with a panel with other cool bloggers speaking about building online communities. (You can see the common thread to my speaking gigs. :) They do a very interactive panel, so it's not so much powerpoint decks and harrumphing...
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    The difference one letter makes... Betsy goes from QnA to XNA...

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    I'm back from Merrie Olde England where I got a chance to hang out with a true Blog Queen - Eileen Brown, in the UK IT evangelism team . Last time I hung out with her in England, we were on our way to TechEd Amsterdam, and readying a blogging presentation...
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    The Ofone made my day!

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    Engadget's summary of the Microsoft Ofone made my day. I'm actually going to replace my current Ancient Nokia very soon.... http://www.engadget.com/2007/05/09/microsoft-pranks-with-ofone-apple-rolls-eyes/
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    Web twitter

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    I think what has kept Twitter so vibrant for me - despite my skepticism post-SXSW hubbub about the applications, is that it lets me check things where I want to. So while others enjoy being IMed and SMSed and getting twitters real-time, I've got more...
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    Jason Calcanis - You Thin, Thin Thing :)

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    OK this is awesomely post modern. Robert Scoble links to Jason Calcanis post , whereupon I follow it to lean Jason is encouraging others to link to ....Jason Calcanis. There are some rules to get him to Link Back . Mostly, you have to indicate a photo...
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    Virginia Tech Shooting In Memoriam - Powerpoint Poster

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    One of the testers in Office apparently made a community template in honor of the slain. Mark Talkington blogged about it here: http://blogs.msdn.com/inside_office_online/archive/2007/04/24/virginia-tech-in-memoriam.aspx The shooting is something...
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    Mother's Day Present: She's Such a Geek

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    Mom, don't read this. :) Last night I went to the book reading for She's Such a Geek . I bought two copies, one for me, one for Mom. Both Mom and I tested out of math in college (although she tested out of the harder class). Mom went on to the sciences...
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    Tim O’Reilly’s Blogging Code of Conduct and Kathy Sierra

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    Blogging code of conduct goes over like lead balloon, podcast at 11. Ugh, I guess I should have seen that coming – both Tim O’Reilly’s kindhearted suggestion and the weird backlash of the anti-badges badges. (We don't need no steenkin'...) Though...
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    I'm not at Mix07 but you should be

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    Nah, there's no high drama about this female blogger not going to Mix. I ain't been invited to speak, and, I've just been expending the travel fundage, so you'll be seeing other Live Search folks mixing it up instead. Just cause I ain't going doesn...
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    Blogging vs. Journalism or Blogging and Journalism

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    I was derailed from writing this post after SxSW by the Kathy Sierra stuff, but this post of Doc Searls reminded me I still needed to say something on the score of blogging and journalism. I respect what he is saying, I'm just going off on my own tangent...
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    Death threats and blogging and being female

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    There are a lot of people disturbed tonight about Kathy Sierra's latest post, me included. Some of it seems too weirdly insider; I don't know anything about the mean kids blog or the people she's talking about. But the experience of feeling threatened...
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    Soggy at South by Southwest: Closing post

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    So there's been some flash pounding showers here that put Seattle to shame. But I figured I'd wrap up my South by Southwest on the scene coverage with these tidbits (there are some longer food for thoughts posts I need to do once I get back). These tidbist...
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    Monday afternoon update from South by Southwest

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    Well, so I did see Robert Scoble at the podtech Vloggies booth; that was fun. He has so many folks wanting to talk to him, and he's representing his startup, so I hate to take too much of his time at these things. I did manage to congrat on the fact he...
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    Some personal observations of SxSW….

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    This is the first conference I’ve been at where I didn’t end up seeing Robert Scoble + camera within 24 hours of it beginning (‘cause he’s everywhere!) but some of that’s alleviated by seeing him and Irina on Twitter . (I’m one of the bazillion followers...
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    Daylight Savings Time reminder

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    I will be at South by Southwest when this happens and hopefully all it means is I will sleep late. But, a good post on what to do if the new Daylight Savings eats your software or causes you to be sleepless is here.
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    Saturday night ramen, and some great blogosphere gems

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    Early on when I started blogging, I used to do this... You know, just wander around blogs I liked. Maybe munch out. Keep reading. Noodle around some more on people's links to other people's blogs. Feeling like I'm gathering diamonds and butterflies...
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    Gotdotnet & the 7 year switch - to CodePlex!

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    I had a chance to chat with Sandy Khaund today (I know, people at Microsoft actually TALKING to each other! without the aid of computers! how NUTS is that!!??!!) about Gotdotnet closing its doors in July 2007.We reminisced about the good, bad, and the...
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    Betsy Does Austin: South by Southwest Interactive and 20 x 2

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    I'm honored to be among the speakers at South by Southwest Interactive this year. Our panel is called World Domination via Collaboration (yes, I realized the irony of a member of the "borg" talking about world domination) and I think it's going to rawk...
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    Ignite Seattle - do you want eggs with that?

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    I have been downed with a cold for the past week or two and have not been at my best, so I could not stay long. But it was a grand energy and tumult at the second Ignite Seattle tonight. The "make" project, which I saw some of, was ...could you devise...
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    The Funny QnA Valentine

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    Krista Wall led the way to send the Live QnA-ers a Valentine ...and they loved it. (Those little hearts take you to actual QnA questions; Krista spent a ton of time prepping this.) Online community work is always so full of these ups and downs. There...
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    99% inspiration, 1% perspiration

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    So 2007 is a year where I want to focus on inspiration. Last year, I set out to thank as many of my mentors (and they are legion) as I could. I probably missed a couple hundred. This year, I have a loftier goal: to thank the folks who presented...
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