I guess I missed Woodstock again…

This is my second post on the exciting weekend I had at Podcamp in Boston #pcb4.  I was lucky enough to be invited to this event by a friend and had a great time.  Since then I have read a few posts that mentioned that the feel from the last few years wasn’t the same.  They said that it was a different crowd and I don’t doubt that, because as the buzz begins to grow around Social Media it starts drawing a more diverse audience.  My friend expressed the same observations to me throughout the (un) conference, that it was more business focused and less about community. 

Having been around the block for awhile I remember the same arguments in the early days of Web 1.0.  Everything should be free, how dare Amazon charge for books, they shouldn’t make a profit etc…  What has been proven is that if you build an economy around an idea it tends to flourish.  I have a lot more free stuff available to me now than in the early days of the web.  I also have a better Internet experience now and it is everywhere and a hell of a lot faster and more rewarding.

I still might even to be able to experience Woodstock, I hear that the New Hampshire Podcamp is free…

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  1. Mike, I attended PodCamp Boston last year and this year and did not have the same feeling. In my opinion, there was a good mixture of sessions that were business oriented and community-oriented including the ones that were unplanned (remember the Women Empowerment session outside on the grass?). IMHO, we need to realize that Social Media is maturing and many of its participants see a business opportunity in it and as long as they their participation is transparent and brings value to the rest of the community, there is nothing wrong with that.

  2. Michael says:

    I agree but I wasn’t there last year, a few of the posts seem to of been laminating about it.


  3. This was my 2nd Podcamp Boston, went last year and plan on going next. I have the same observation about the feel but at the same time noticed nobody had planned many non-business, social oriented discussions. We (the participants) can make it what we want.

    I was pleased to spot a Twitter 101 ad hoc session that borrowed a room I was planning on being in. The group was lively and reminded me much of the early days! (So yes, there’s hope!)

    I have no problem with the $50 admission, looking at the open financials I think it would have been difficult to get it fully sponsored. Considering the resources of the venue and the knowledge I walked away with it was money well spent.

    Coming up soon is #PCWM Western Mass and #PCNH New Hampshire. Looking forward to attending both. The smaller group should provide a much different experience. Last year’s #PCWM was a nice 50/50 mix of business and social users.


  4. Paul,

    When/where is PCWM? I searched for it and could only come up with a past event.

    I went last year to PCB3 and this year to PCB4. They were different animals. Last year was a cult – in a good way. This year was more beginners and business people. Don’t get me wrong – it was awesome! But just not the same as last year.

    Of course, I’m hooked. A couple of us are talking about doing Podcamp New Hampshire, which should be fun, and George (@lostcostmos) and I have been dreaming about bringing Podcamp to Connecticut.

    Anyway, good post, Mike.

  5. Tia Martinson says:

    I was unfortunate enough to miss PodCamp Boston. But this is a very poignant issue with social media communities as well as business and commerce at large. Where is value provided and how can that be an authentic value? How can one cover costs without overstepping the tolerance of the collaborative community that is clearly continuing to gain momentum?

    I love your observation that your internet experience is better now, with more available to you. I think transparency is the key to bridge the gap between two apparently opposing positions. I find myself gently moving clients to the idea of conversation rather than announcing. It’s not quick, but it’s also not as difficult as turning the Titanic. Maybe the conversation itself will be the catalyst for change!

    Great post, Mike!

  6. Michael says:

    Think we should go camping if we are doing the New Hampshire one. I think it would add to the experience.

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