Drinking the Web 2.0 kool-aid

As Rob Hyndman has pointed out on his blog, in organizing the mesh conference coming up in Toronto this May, we have tried to drink as much of our own kool-aid as possible — figuratively, that is — by using Web 2.0 services and features in both planning the conference and in the actual setup, including del.icio.us tags. As Rob has written in the past, we’ve also have made great use of Basecamp, Writeboard.com, Google Chat, Writely.com and Mollyguard. For billing, naturally, we use SecondSite from Mike McDerment (one of the mesh organizers) and his team.

We’ve also added a wiki to the meshconference.com website, which David Crow and the Toronto BarCamp gang helped put together, which allows anyone who is attending to post an offer of a ride, or ask for one, or add links and comments to the various pages that have been set up there. There is also a page for each stream — media, marketing, business and society — with a list of the del.icio.us tags for each panel. Rob and Mark and I have already been tagging articles and blog posts that we’ve come across over the past month or so, to get the categories started, but we’d love it if others wanted to add things that they see too, and then our moderators and panelists will have something they can look over that will help them get up to speed (if they aren’t already).

So if you see a piece that has something interesting to say about how the “social Web” is affecting either media, marketing, businesses or society/politics, get out your del.icio.us labelling gun and tag away.

6 thoughts on “Drinking the Web 2.0 kool-aid

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  3. I’m pretty sure that would be “eating the Web 2.0 dog food.” Drinking the Web 2.0 Kool-aid is what you guys do in your blogs. 🙂

  4. Kool-Aid, dog food — call it whatever you want, Gary. Out west it’s called “drinking your own whiskey” if you’re being nice, and “drinking your own bathwater” if you’re not.

    Interesting fact: According to the Kool-Aid company, cult leader Jim Jones didn’t give his followers poisoned Kool-Aid in the jungles of Guyana — he gave them a cheap knock-off called Flavor-Aid

    Mathew

  5. Well, I’ve been using a lot of these sites as well, and am addicted to what the new metaphor brings to usability.

    Simply having everything online is a great boon to my personal life productivity. I’ve got my contacts, email, blog, projects, documents, and access to pictures online. In addition, via services like Orb, Avvenu, and LogMeIn, I’ve got access to everything on my personal network as well.

    When storage services like Googles “GDrive” or Microsoft’s “LiveDrive” come online, it will change things even more radically.

    Kool-Aid, dogfood, sure I’ll have a serving! There is room for improvement, but that is where many services are using the Scrum development methodology, and their products and services are improving as a result.

    Also, check out Box.net, ThinkFree and ZoHo. More good stuff.

  6. Thanks for the comment, Rick. I’ve used Avvenu and Orb too, as well as LogMeIn (and another Canadian one called I’m In Touch, which I highly recommend). And I’ve tried out Box.net as well as another online storage app called Mozy, and one called Carbonite — still evaluating them though.

    ThinkFree is quite good — I wrote about them for my day job at globeandmail.com/technology.

    Mathew

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