Web 2.0 Checklist

How do you know you’re looking at a Web 2.0 site?

Well, check the Web 2.0 Checklist, of course! Heh. I’d add to the list that if you saw it on TechCrunch, or if Tim O’Reilly wrote about it, or the Web 2.0 Working Group site has it, it’s probably a Web 2.0 thing. By the way, Tim has an interesting series on his blog about how alpha geeks got into computers. How did I? I was in Hyde Jr. High’s first computer club. That was 1977. I helped unpack our first Apple II computers. With cassette tape drives! Ahh, those were the days.

Swim for Malaria, Meeting a Welsh View for beer

Des Walsh tells us about a world swim for Malaria. Why is that important? 3,000 children a day die from Malaria, Des writes, and that could be prevented. The swim will raise money for mosquito nets. Sounds good!

I’m giddy like a baby who has a new rattler. Why? Cause Rob Gale wants to meet for beer. His blog is hillarious. One of the best out there. If you see a couple of geeks drinking beer at Murrenger pub in Newport at about 4 p.m. come and join us. I’ve never been in a pub built in 1403. That’s one old pub!

It’s a small world…

Loke Uei Tan just wrote me and said he liked my Channel 9 videos so much that he’s now doing his own about Microsoft Malaysia.

As I was going through my blog reading this morning I found it very weird that I traveled halfway around the world and am having the exact same experience here as I have back in Redmond. Our world really has become as small as a conference room.

I was thinking about all the 747’s parked in Heathrow Airport and just how the introduction of commercial airplanes have changed our lives. If you wake up at about 5 a.m. you can see Boeing driving many of the parts of those planes up 405 by my house. If you ever come to Seattle you really should get a tour of the 747 factory about an hour north in Everett, WA. It’s amazing to think that those things are all built there.

But inside Heathrow you can see the other changes our society is undergoing. First of all, outside Heathrow is a huge sign advertising Wifi. Inside, even Google is now competing for your attention (I’ll check Google Space out on Monday).

It really is weird to be sitting in the UK, watching a video from Malaysia, while visiting Gabe Rivera’s servers back in Silicon Valley and reading Memeorandum. Imagine you lived 100 years ago and time-traveled to today. Would you be able to cope? I wonder how different the world will be 100 years from now. Will we recognize it?

Yet I’m reminded that about 5/6th of the world’s population has never been on a computer and the lack of wifi where I’m staying reminds me again that the neighborhood I live in is quite a bit different than most of the rest of the world (on the way to the airport I had my Tablet PC on and counted 20 Wifi networks, most of which were open, in just the few miles between my house and the freeway onramp that I use every morning to go to work — and that’s a low-density residential neighborhood).

Just some observations.

Whew, lots of sleep…tips on blogger dinners

I slept 16 hours. Whew. Jet lag does weird things.

But I feel great. Heard I missed a bit of snow. It’s sunny here in Newport.

I need to comment on something. My cell phone is on my blog. You can call it anytime. But I probably won’t be using it here in Europe so if you leave a message I won’t get it until December 13. Email is better. Leaving a comment in my blog is best.

Anyway, the last few phone calls I’ve gotten the people who’ve called me have a tough time talking to me. One guy said talking to me is like talking to Bill Gates. Now I read this on Digi’s blog. I’m very honored, but that tells me my hype has way gone over the top. I haven’t done anything special. I haven’t cured cancer. I haven’t invented anything. I haven’t built a product. I don’t have the power to change your life the way a billionaire could. I haven’t written a line of code. I just write everyday about what I’m seeing and feeling.

But, since Digi asked what he should say to me at the London geek dinner, here’s some tips for holding a conversation at a blogger dinner.

1) Have a business card with your URL on it. I take these home. I keep them in a bin. When I get home I’ll go through and visit all the blogs on them. If you have a little bit of info about who you are on the card that helps too.
2) Have you built some software? Bring your computer and show it off! We all love discovering new things. I still remember the conference where Stewart Butterfield was so excited by what he had done that he HAD to show it to me. What did he do? Flickr. That was about two years ago. Now he’s a millionaire and is working at Yahoo.
3) Are you using software in a unique way? Tell us how you’re using software. Last time I was in London several members of the BBC told me how they are using software to share the news with the world.
4) Do you have a productivity tip? Have you found a technique that makes your computer use more productive? For instance, I might show you how I use Flock to blog now by dragging and dropping entries onto its top bar. Buzz Bruggeman keeps showing me new things he’s learned from his users on how to use ActiveWords. Jeremy Wright always tells me new tips he’s learned whenever we meet each other. It’s helped him stick out in my mind as someone who’s always looking to do things better.
5) Do you hate computers? I love to hear constructive criticism of our products. Why? That helps me tell people back at Microsoft what we could do to make things better. In fact, I might even ask you to write me an email so that I can forward that to the right team.
6) Tell me about yourself. What are your dreams? What do you do? I haven’t found someone with a boring job yet. My brother-in-law drives a bus and passing through town you can see he has made that job interesting. Lots of people recognized him and said hi. Why is that? He’s a good storyteller and he is interested in the people in Newport.
7) While in Toronto the group there took Maryam and I out on the town and gave us a tour. We both really appreciated that. I love seeing the sights through the eyes of the locals. Feel free to kidnap us for an evening and take us on a tour.
8) Introduce us to someone who’s a little shy. I always hate learning there was someone at dinner who wanted to meet me but didn’t want to “impose” or felt I was too busy talking with someone else. I try to get around and mix it up, but at some dinners there simply are too many people. If there’s someone I simply must meet, please do introduce us. You know my favorite Memeorandum, right? Well, Gabe, the guy who developed it, is one of those quiet people who you’d never know if someone didn’t point him out.

Anyway, today we’ll be in Newport. Tomorrow we’ll get to Cardiff (anyone wanna meet for dinner there?) Sunday we’ll see if we can get to Bristol. (Those are all suggestions from my readers).