The wi-fi was down at the Javits Center during the Web 2.0 Expo NY keynotes on Friday. And the cell service was spotty. I did my best to capture some golden nuggets. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to go at my normal speed so I didn’t get as much down as I’d have liked. Hopefully video will be posted online soon.
Arianna Huffington interviewed by Tim O’Reilly
- Q: How’d you get here? A: Being Greek, having an accent, and having passion
- Huffington Post has 2,000 bloggers and 30 moderators approving comments 24 hrs a day
- 60 people on staff in New York. Ad team on admin one floor, editorial and dev on one floor.
- 60 people on staff in New York. Ad team and admin on one floor, editorial and dev on one floor.
- Bloggers work around the clock and editors who guide content. But it’s their specific perspective and attitude.
- They don’t believe they need to be impartial. Q: so you’re like Rupert Murdoch. A: “Non we want to shape the debate based on facts”
- “The world is not flat. You don’t always have to present both sides of the argument.”
- “Sarah Palin is a distraction. It’s like watching a really good soap opera…and then suddenly real life set in and we woke up”
- Arianna says that the next big trend will be to unplug and recharge. It’ll make us better at everything we do.
- Arianna meditates, goes yoga, hikes and gets enough sleep. Tim O’Reilly “splits wood”
- Talking about remaking the internet, a smaller version of her talk yesterday.
- We don’t *really* need the Internet in real time, though many of us have become accustomed to it. It still has value asynchronously
IBM fellow Irene Greif
Jay Adelson of Digg and Revision3
- Talking about collaborative filtering. Hyper-personalization is the next wave [Slides here]
Ben Huh of I Can Has Cheezburger
- “Every single piece of Web 2.0 content has a building block of just two people” [Slides here]
Shana Fisher, head of strategy at IAC
Dan Lyons of Newsweek, a.k.a The Fake Steve Jobs
- “Being an old media guy at Web 2.0 Expo and hearing from all these people is like attending your funeral in advance”
- The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs started in July 06. Been on hiatus in June since Jobs started looking sick at WWDC
- Why? “Boredom. As a reporter, covering IBM is the worst thing in the world. Their PR dept’s job is to make your life a living hell”
- As a guy in his 40s, he couldn’t get a job writing on the dot com so he started his own blog. Spoof CEO blog that’s really naked
- It became kind of a parody on blogging itself. Comic strip evolves into news
- Then prez of Forbes, where Dan was working, wrote an article, “Who is Fake Steve Jobs?” Completely didn’t know. Even offered a job
- Why does it work? It became a performance space for the community. That’s what Twitter & Facebook really are. Places to consume & create [Slides here]
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