At one point on Friday June 13, 2008, I looked around the packed Stage Theater,
venue of BlogPotomac, and realized that virtually everybody was
video interviewing or photographing each other. (Photo at left by Li Evans.)

In other words, they were walking the talk, or promise, of social media. Namely, everyone is a participant and – in the case of an unconference – what goes on in the audience is just as important as what’s said on stage.

In addition to co-chairing the event with Geoff Livingston, my role was pretty simple: I introduced some of our terrific speakers and ran around with a mike to amplify audience questions or comments.

I did a bit of Twittering, got interviewed myself by Chris Parandian of Mobile Diner and Li Evans of Search Marketing Gurus, but stupidly forgot to bring my digital Flip camera. It’s primitive, but good for 30 – 60 second interviews which can be uploaded to YouTube. (Photo by Li Evans.)

It was wonderful to leave it to the 150-plus attendees to co-create the content of our day-long event. They didn’t disappoint.

(Note: it was a typically mixed crowd of DC-ers, from local marketing & PR agencies, to associations and non-profits, to several government agencies, including the EPA and the Pentagon.)

Herewith is a roundup of the digital trail produced by BlogPotomac (links courtesy of Geoff):

  • FlickR photos (tagged blogpotomac – ignore the Angelina pics which are “tag spam”)
  • Google (search results on blogpotomac, including blog entries and images)
  • Technorati (search results on blogpotomac)
  • Twitter (hundreds of Tweets using hash tag #blogpotomac, via
  • Podcasts (uploaded from mobile phones via
  • YouTube (videos tagged blogpotomac)

Thanks to our speakers and sponsors

Sincere thanks again to our engaging and provocative speakers: Lionel Menchaca of Dell, Dan Beyers of The Washington Post, Maggie Fox of Social Media Group, Jeremy Pepper of Boingo, Frank Gruber of AOL, KD Paine of KD Paine & Partners and Kami Huyse, social media consultant.

For more about our speakers, see the Q & A series I did on

Thanks also to our great line-up of sponsors: Viget Labs, Conference Calls Unlimited,, Social Media Club, Social Times, Edelman, Compendium Blogware, Network Solutions, PRSA National Capital Chapter, Boingo and ooVoo.

Take the BlogPotomac survey

If you attended the event, be sure to take the survey to help us prepare for BlogPotomac 2009.