In keeping up with tradition from the regional conference last year, it is time once again to review my impressions of the HigherEdWeb Conference, this time from farther away in Austin, while I was somewhere in the Tri-State area (if you have to ask which area, then you don’t know.)

I think this tweet summed up my feelings quite accurately:

RT: @   Following gets me back in touch with the fun part of my job. THAT’S NICE! A little sad to be geeking out in DSM and not Austin.

What I love about conferences like these is that I almost felt like if I was there.  When web folks get together from different schools from all over, something amazing happens like  the #heweb11 twitter hashtag trending in Austin for one.

In no  particular order, here are my favorite tweets from the conference.

RT @TimNekritz: To find answers with web analytics, start with relevant problems and questions. #tnt12 #heweb11

RT @sharierwin: You have to out-care your competition. #soc1 #heweb11

RT : Stop making attribution errors – you are your own roadblock. Find a project that you really want. Do it.

RT : Keynote message that the web is not magic, but it is a place where the magical happens.

RT @  Don’t try and be everything to everyone – know your audience and send messages that hit home for them #mmp12

RT @   : students: “If I don’t see what I need on a school’s website, I’ll drop it from my list” #heweb11

RT @  goals before tools!! goals before tools!! goals before tools!! goals before tools!! goals before tools!! #soc2

RT @  Important takeaway: that we exist to connect others, not just connect to others. #soc6

Did you follow the conference? What insights did you learn?




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OK, we all know the cries of graduating seniors about the challenges of obtaining employment after college.

In addition to keeping you eyes peeled for opportunity, why not volunteer? Its how I got started.

For instance, If you are in the NYC area next week, Brandcamp is in need to volunteers.

You never know where your next opportunity may come from sometimes, you have to give a little to get back.



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It’s that time of year again.

Yesterday, I attended the 2011 Small Business Technology Summit. While normally at these events I would be tweeting non-stop, turns out I did more in person networking than tweeting.

Therefore, I searched the #smallbizsummit feed and have highlighted the best tweets that encapsulate the summit.

As always, thanks to @RamonRay , @marianbanker , the staff and all involved for throwing a phenomenal event.


RT @ChellyElite: Walk a show before you decide to become a vendor. – Angela Jia Kim #smallbizsummit

RT @oppsproject: LOVE RT @huangjulie: “Very small businesses can do BIG things,” says @RamonRay #smallbizsummit

RT @Coach_Colette: Bootstrapping CAN lead to exponential growth! Connect w/customers & find right strategic partners #smallbizsummit

RT @LisaByrne: Mobile users are 51% more productive on a daily basis – Mark Gambill (Dell) #smallbizsummit

RT @themayoress: “Failure spurs improvement” – @colderICE at #smallbizsummit

Looking for more? Follow the #smallbizsummit hashtag on Twitter, and come out next year.

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WordCampNYC – Oct 16-17

I served some time at the WordPress Genius Bar last weekend at WordCamp NYC. It was nice to help people out and make a connection or 2 as well.

Even the genius can learn something new. I learned at least 5 different features and/or plugins  that I didn’t know about previously. I also learned more about database connections than I care to admit.

As for the sessions, I only made it to 2, both about BuddyPress. Until I have a chance to really work on a BP project, then I can come prepared with decent questions.

Thanks to Barry again for helping me get my posts back.

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I’m  back from Blogher 10. I know I didn’t have to travel far, but none the less, a conference can take a lot out of you whether you traveled less than 10 miles or over 10,000 miles.

Here are some tips that can apply.

1. Take time to rest – if that’s a nap, sleeping, watching TV out in or taking in a magazine or a good book, its important to take the time for you.

2. Follow up in your time – I know there are suddenly many request to follow up with new and old friends, but its better to wait and give a clear lucid response rather than a rushed harried one.  Go here for tips on how to Deal with Post-Conference Information Overload.

3. Order in if you don’t have the energy – If ordering is not an option, make sure you have something that you can prepare and eat in minutes, not hours.

4. The Cleaning Can Wait – This is self explanatory.

5. Its OK not to pick up the phone – At least for the first 24-48 hours

How do you re-charge after a conference?

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