Gnomedex Day 2 was well worth visiting, mostly about the social part of social networking and how we use technology to do things, accomplish goals, or support folks. The more interesting example of the group was Bongo The Movie, where people raised money to help a band in Tunisia make an album. The best speech of the day though was Larry Ellis otherwise known as Comcast Cares.
I have to admit that Comcast cares have been one of the more successful social networking attempts out there. They are really the poster child for finding out what works and how it works. I have Larry’s card in my pocket and if I get really lucky I’ll get him to come and talk at the school.
Otherwise the wrap up and the day was much quieter than the first day. We are sharing Iphone apps right now and with 25,000 Iphone apps, getting demoed at Gnomedex is going to drive sales. Plus we will talk about them. What is cool about the Iphone apps that are being shown is that they all deliver hyper local information, the stuff we need, like buses, parks, geolocation data, or information about restaurants based on where we are. The sonar measuring software was very cool as well when you want to find out just how far away you are from something.
Lazyfeed got a great nod on the stage, and the turn your android phone into a tricorder rocked. This might be the reason to move away from my current phone and get an android phone. Have to see what Verizon does with android, but then you never know what the ISP lock in is going to do. Personally it would be better if you could just have one platform, pick your network and have access to all the fun things out there.
In all a nice way to close out the program, the rest of the day we are pretty much so on our own, time to go do other stuff.
- Gnomedex 9.0: Tech Conference Looks Deeper at Social Media
- Guess why the big ISPs have refused broadband stimulus money
- The Social Media Customer Care Machinery
- Can Social Media Customer Care Scale? Should it Scale?
(Cross-posted @ TechWag)