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This Is Not an Event Review of Tech Cocktail DC 7

by Joe Loong on December 9, 2009

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The reasons why this isn’t an event review of Tech Cocktail DC 7 are threefold:

1. It’s kind of late. The event was last week, and folks like Jen Consalvo, Frank Gruber, and even the Tech Bisnow Washington newsletter have all weighed in. (With better pictures, too.)

2. I had some semblance of talking points I was going to write about that I’d recorded as a voice memo on my cell phone on the way home… only to find on playback that somehow, the only thing that remained was a repeating loop of me saying, “This is not an event review of Tech Cocktail DC 7,” which was not at all helpful.

3. What I do when I go to these sorts of things doesn’t really warrant being called an event review. Especially since this being the 7th DC occurrence in the series (and I’m not 100%, but think I’ve been to all of them), I go to Tech Cocktails to catch up with friends and former co-workers, do a little networking, and maybe get a falafel afterwards. I try to get a sense of the sponsor demos, and while I certainly do enjoy talking to earnest young (they’re usually young, always earnest) staffers and entrepreneurs there, I’m not sure they get a lot from talking to me (especially after I’ve had a few of the titular cocktails).

TechCocktail DC 7, 12/3/09A photo, looking down the bar.

Anyway, here are a few bits that I managed to salvage from memory:

* I chided Jessie Newburn for being at a networking event and talking to people she already knew. (Namely, me.) This was a serious case of “do as I say, not as I do,” as there was an even greater presence of former AOL co-workers of mine (of the sponsors, WinAmp is an AOL company and contest winning-sponsor ChumBonus is a startup founded by AOL alum), in addition to many of the usual tech-event suspects, I spent more than my fair share catching up with familiar folks.

* I did meet (probably re-meet) Brian Dresher, social media marketing guy for USA Today. I asked him if he had anything to do with the Fark-USA Today content partnership (I’m an active Farker), and it turns out that Brian had hatched the idea with Fark-founder Drew Curtis at the last SxSW conference.

If you don’t know the significance of any of that — actually, neither do I… need to think about it some more –  see more media analysis from NYT Media Decoder and Mediaite (thanks to Brian for bundling up those links).

* After I checked in to LeftBank (the venue, with an oh-so-delightfully-annoying all-Flash web site) on Foursquare (the location-based social registration… thing), I was surprised to learn that I’d achieved “mayor” status. It was pretty unexpected, since I only ever go there during tech-ish networking events events like this (I only have 2 check-ins). I gather that the regular clientele doesn’t play with Foursquare… though I note that I have yet to be knocked off as mayor of the aforementioned falafel shop (3 check-ins), which I would have expected by now.

I am likewise not sure about the implications of this. It probably has something to do with adoption curves, critical mass, DC-metro population density, Foursquare-as-game vs. utility, and competition in the social-location-based-services space, but damned if I know what it is right now.

So if this wasn’t an event review, what was it? Again, damned if I know. If you have an idea, leave a comment.

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    • jessiex

      You can chide me, as needed, Joe. Certainly wouldn't be the first time. Come to think of it, I think that's pretty much how we met: you chiding me over my podcamp presentation of generations and social media. ~J

    • http://www.joelogon.com/blog joelogon

      The fault, dear Jessie, lies not in our stars, but in ourselves. Or myself, as the case may be.

    • jessiex

      You can chide me, as needed, Joe. Certainly wouldn't be the first time. Come to think of it, I think that's pretty much how we met: you chiding me over my podcamp presentation of generations and social media. ~J

    • http://www.joelogon.com/blog joelogon

      The fault, dear Jessie, lies not in our stars, but in ourselves. Or myself, as the case may be.