BlogWorld 09 – Close Encounters of the First Time

Should I pick up this intergalactic hitchhiker?

I met a ton of people at Blog World 2009 this past weekend. Some were new faces, others looked familiar, and others have been online buddies for many months. I’m still putting my thoughts together on all that transpired during Blog World, but the most important part to me is all about the people.

It’s great finally meeting people that you have only known online. For example, I’ve know Christine Lu @christinelu, Chris Noble @cfnoble, Calvin Lee @mayhemstudios, Sugar Jones @sugarjones, and Irene Koehler @irenekoehler for over a year but barely met them for the first time. These folks all have in common that we’ve know each other enough to have seen each other change, to evolve.

Yay, finally met @christinelu ! #bwe09 #beatcancer on Twitpic
Christine Lu

There were also some Twitter peeps that I’ve occasionally tweeted with, but with whom I’ve mostly acted as a fanboy. This includes Guy Kawasaki @guykawasaki who has influenced my thoughts on marketing for the past 10 years. This category would also include Darren Rowse @problogger whose co-written book on blogging is always near my desk.

Ran into @guykawasaki on the exhibit floor. ...OK, I tracked him down...
Guy Kawasaki

There were also a lot of familiar faces that I didn’t get to chat with or was too shy to approach. I wasn’t too shy to meet Kevin Pollack @kevinpollak though.

The Usual Suspects is one of my top ten favorite movies so there was no way I was going to pass on introducing myself.

I shook his hand and asked if I could take his picture.

He chortled, “I don’t know, can you? I might be like a vampire and my image not show up.” Yes, he was messing with me since I used “can” instead of “may.”

I’m just glad he didn’t say “Hand me the keys, you F****** C*********!!”

Found one of the usual suspects at Blog World, @kevinpollak
Kevin Pollak

Social media is people. Who did you connect with for the first time at a tweetup or social media event?