This post is the seventh of 15 posts following the adventures of George S. Jones, a journalist from 2058 who has been sent on assignment back in time to report on the Web2.0 Expo Europe to be held in Berlin from the 21 – 23 October 2008. George, of course, is fictional. And the surrounding story is a figment of my imagination. However, the Web2.0 Expo in Berlin is very real and could very well be the most outstanding conference of its kind. If you want to be a part of it, I have a 35% discount code for anyone who is planning on attending the conference. You can register here https://en.oreilly.com/webexberlin2008/public/register using the code webeu08gr56 to get your discount. The official conference website is at http://europe.web2expo.com/.
Note 812.56.013 – George S. Jones; journalist for the Web2.0 Expo Europe reporting from 2008.
Received this message from Bob this morning…
“George, you aren’t going to believe this. Seems the rumours are either true, or Madge the Machine has been sent somewhere in time and the machine sabotaged after she had gone…there is digital footage of her at the Time Travel Machine the other night. No reason for her to be there, and the footage was damaged, but it seems she wasn’t there alone. No-one has seen here since…”
Madge the Machine is my boss. Well, we never call her that to her face of course. It’s always Margaret or Ma’am. Someone else? Who would be brave enough to enter the Time Travel chamber alone with her? And why? Or was she coerced? Madge never does anything but work, but I suppose she could have enemies. The communication lines are getting better and Bob is keeping me informed, but apparently the office is almost at a standstill, and there are Multi-Time Intelligence Agents crawling everywhere in the place. Urgh. MTIA’s are particular nasty types. In some ways I am glad I am here…
Blogging was all the rage in 2008. It took a forward thinking and clever man in Stowe Boyd to raise the question at the Web 2.0 Expo and Conference as to why blogging was lagging behind the rapid developments being made in social media at the time. When I look at the blogs of the day, they are indeed old-fashioned. Interaction was still on the ‘writer’/’reader’ divide. Readers could deliver input but only via comments. Wiki’s and blogs were still two different things.
I think that blogs were the way they were in 2008 because of a fear of letting go of the traditional publishing model. And it would take a few more years for that to change. Boyd raised the question of whether this model could actually meet the growing needs of users for a stronger, more complete social experience. This was a quandary which many took up and discussed, suggesting various different solutions including blikis (blogs + wikis) and blogstreaming (like life-streaming with more of a ‘stream of consciousness’ bent).
I got my hands on any early iEverything – they were called iPods in 2008 and all they do is show video, carry music and show images! I guess every great technology had to start somewhere.
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