I always have trouble keeping up with blogging and reading during OpenWorld, and this year is no different.
Aside from our yearly session, my main goals at the conference are to reconnect with people I see infrequently and meet new people. Again, this year has been no different.
Yesterday, I also got to meet Harald Behnke, whose Cloud Office session was awesome; they’re doing some very cool stuff, and we’re excited to collaborate with them. Check out the video:
I also enjoy watching the adoption of consumer web darlings evolve from year to year. For example, in 2007, a few of us were using Twitter to communicate and broadcast content during the show, but now, it’s a mainstream tool, just check the #oow10 hashtag if you don’t believe me.
Even with all the tweets, #oow10 still can’t crack Twitter’s trending topics list. Big surprise there.
A couple years ago, I noted the lack of Macs at OpenWorld; not so anymore, as Macs probably account for every 3rd or 4th laptop, based on my scientific study. Also, more people than I expected are rocking iPads, and they’re not developers. The iPad seems to be a viable replacement for a laptop, a fact echoed by Best Buy last week.
Last year, Rich (@rmanalan), Paul (@ppedrazzi) and I were among the few using foursquare. Playing foursquare at conferences shows a lot of value to people who otherwise would want nothing to do with it.
This year, there are a lot more people playing. In fact, checking into the Oracle OpenWorld 2010 venue will probably earn you the Swarm badge.
My conclusion? Adoption times are getting shorter every year. This is great news for teams like ours because it doesn’t take as long for the ah-ha moment.
One thing is bugging me though. I don’t have an early adopter toy to test for next year.
Anyway, food for thought.