How many Facebook conferences do we need?

There’s a TON of new Facebook conferences/events coming soon.

Here’s a list of the ones I know about.

1. Dave McClure’s Graphing Social Patterns. I’m speaking, this one looks like the best one. October 7-9 in San Jose, CA, USA.

2. Noah Kagan is planning CommunityNext’s Platform, October 5-6 in Sunnyvale, CA, USA (only a few miles away from Dave’s confabb). Noah used to work at Facebook and this one looks great for developers.

3. Christian Perry, who plans the most awesome SF Beta events, is planning a conference for late October. It’ll be announced in a week.

4. Steve Broback, who planned the Blog Business Summits over the past few years, has started a new WebCommunityForum in Seattle in December.

Me? I keep thinking that all these conferences are missing the real action.

I am working on that. It’s called Starfish. Code name for what’s really going on in Social Media.

What’s funny is that I’ve been talking about my Starfish idea (sorry, not ready to discuss it in public yet) and nearly everyone who I mention it to asks me “have you read “The Starfish and the Spider” yet?”

It’s amazing how many people have read that book from a cross-section of the industry.

So, I was blown away when I ran into Rod Beckstrom, one of the co-authors of that book, while walking the halls at the Office 2.0 Conference this week.

We had a nice chat and we’ll definitely get together soon for a video interview.

He’s onto something. One of these Facebook events should hire him to speak.

Oh, and what else has he done? He’s the chairman for Twiki.net. One of the more powerful wiki environments around.

Anyway, back to my original question: how many Facebook conferences do we need?

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Comments

  1. Noah: I’m involved with at least one other, and probably more of these conferences.

    What makes one better than the others? Speaker quality and support from Facebook itself. Several people at Facebook have told me they think Dave’s confabb is going to be the one they support the most.

  2. Noah: I’m involved with at least one other, and probably more of these conferences.

    What makes one better than the others? Speaker quality and support from Facebook itself. Several people at Facebook have told me they think Dave’s confabb is going to be the one they support the most.

  3. actually i think there’s no need to declare one better than the other… we both have different & cool things to offer.

    personally, i think noah & andrew have a great lineup of topics & speakers. given how much interest there is in the market, i bet we’ll both end up with a full house (& in fact i’ve already heard from a lot of folks planning to come to CommunityNext & GSP).

    as with most times when i’m given a choice between two great options — just say yes to both ;)

    – dmc

  4. actually i think there’s no need to declare one better than the other… we both have different & cool things to offer.

    personally, i think noah & andrew have a great lineup of topics & speakers. given how much interest there is in the market, i bet we’ll both end up with a full house (& in fact i’ve already heard from a lot of folks planning to come to CommunityNext & GSP).

    as with most times when i’m given a choice between two great options — just say yes to both ;)

    – dmc

  5. @davidd: um… okay, so feel free to go do a conference on organizational change management. maybe that will be a big seller for folks wearing dark blue suits.

    meanwhile, we’ll focus on social networking platforms like facebook that are growing @ 300+% per year.

  6. @davidd: um… okay, so feel free to go do a conference on organizational change management. maybe that will be a big seller for folks wearing dark blue suits.

    meanwhile, we’ll focus on social networking platforms like facebook that are growing @ 300+% per year.

  7. As far as events that evangelize the work they are doing, I assume FB will do what’s in their best interests and let a thousand flowers bloom. Robert, as we discussed in Seattle, the starfish has search ads as a single leg, and last I heard the Search Engine Strategies events was rocking and rolling. As you know, I am a believer in focused events versus the kitchen sink model.

  8. As far as events that evangelize the work they are doing, I assume FB will do what’s in their best interests and let a thousand flowers bloom. Robert, as we discussed in Seattle, the starfish has search ads as a single leg, and last I heard the Search Engine Strategies events was rocking and rolling. As you know, I am a believer in focused events versus the kitchen sink model.

  9. Hey Robert,

    Thanks for the mention. Looks like these events are just the tip of the iceberg — I’m waiting to see what the landscape looks like six months from now.

    In either case, should be a fun event on Oct 26th.

  10. Hey Robert,

    Thanks for the mention. Looks like these events are just the tip of the iceberg — I’m waiting to see what the landscape looks like six months from now.

    In either case, should be a fun event on Oct 26th.

  11. Whither Facebook?

    It seems you can’t open a blog these days without reading a post about Facebook. Some marvel at the growth in membership (and wonder what all those old people are doing there), some cover the number of applications (or conferences