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Number Johnny Five is Alive!

blogfest5.jpgLast night was Pittsburgh Blogfest 5. These events just keeping getting better and better. This time, we had a special treat in the form of ΓΌber-blogger Robert Scoble. Robert is a “technical evangelist” for Microsoft. He also co-wrote a book with Shel Israel called “Naked Conversations : How Blogs are Changing the Way Businesses Talk with Customers“. Don’t let his current employer fool you, though. He’s been known to use his blog to dis the 800-pound gorilla on occasion, as well as praise their competitors. Anyhow, Robert was in town to participate in a panel discussion on business blogging organized by the Pittsburgh Technology Council. The event will be podcast and I’ll get you the link as soon as it’s up. Since Robert was to be in town anyhow, someone thought it would be cool to invite him to our blogfest. We celebrated his 41st birthday with a cake and the gift of a Terrible Towlβ„’. He seemed to have a good time with us. Everyone seemed to enjoy his company as well. I spent a little while talking to him, but I didn’t too deep into anything because 1) I’d be talking out of my tuchus (regarding a lot of tech industry current events) and 2) I would have had to admit that I’d never read his blog (though I’ll rectify that soon). Despite having a pseudo-celebrity in our midst, there was no press presence this time. I’m sure those who saw the horrible picture of me in the Post Gazette are thankful for that. πŸ˜‰

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Welcome Post-Gazette Readers! :)

picture of Eric Williams and Rob Carr by Alyssa CwangerI mentioned yesterday that an article about Pittsburgh BlogFest 3 was forthcoming. I had no idea it would appear so soon. Nor did I know that I was going to feature so prominently. *blush* I also had no idea they'd use such an unflattering picture. πŸ˜‰

To those who are reading my stuff for the first time I offer a hearty welcome. For more information about me and my blog, go here. Comments are appreciated and encouraged. πŸ™‚

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BlogFest the Third

BlogFest 3 name tagI didn’t attend BlogFest’s 1 and 2, but last night I attended Pittsburgh BlogFest 3. It was really cool to meet some felow Pittsburgh bloggers in person. Being the shy guy I am, I started with Rob of UnSpace and Mike of Grabass and Pittsburgh Webloggers, with whom I recorded a podcast interview a few months back (part 1, part 2). Through them, I met folks from the following blogs:

All Jacked
Subdivided We Stand
2 Political Junkies
Central Park Bench
It’s important to be warm
Froth Slosh B’Gosh
Honsberger is a Liar

I had a good time meeting the people behind the keyboards. There were a few awkward moments related to political discussions, but nothing uncivil or unpleasant. My only regret is that I didn’t step out of my comfort zone more and meet more people. Perhaps by the next BlogFest I’ll have read more Pittsburgh blogs and have added incentive to be less shy. πŸ™‚

Tim McNulty, staff reporter for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, was also in attendance (with photographer in tow). I look forward to reading his article. πŸ™‚

Generic Eric

I used to greatly dislike having a very generic name. The age of ‘googling’ has changed my mind. In commonality there is privacy. Google me. I dare ya. πŸ˜‰

A Nation of Voyeurs
How the Internet search engine Google is changing what we can find out about one another – and raising questions about whether we should
By Neil Swidey

“Michael is a clean-cut 34-year-old working in a professional job at a Boston medical school. You’d never know he did time for burglary and is a former drug addict. Well, actually, you would if you Googled him. Go to the home page and type in Michael’s name (for obvious reasons, we are not including his last name here). That simple step produces more than 100 links to documents written by and about Michael. The search, Google proudly notes, takes just a 10th of a second. “