Well, it's over. Another great Defrag conference -- the second annual, to be exact. And what a great event it was, in downtown Denver on Monday and Tuesday of this week. Aha moments running rampant... Here's my entire Twitter coverage, in convenient "last first" arrangement for your reading pleasure... :-) That is, if you start by scrolling back to my last Defrag08 tweet on Tuesday 11/4 about 4:30 pm, when I left for the airport. My coverage totaled some 200 tweets, but I lost count.
Another way to see the ENTIRE FREAKING FIREHOSE is to simply type "Defrag08" in the search box at search.twitter.com. That will show everyone's tweets that had the hashtag "#defrag08" contained within the already-oh-so-short 140 character tweet length.
And a ton of tweets it was! One speaker did an informal survey of the approximately 300 in attendance, and found upwards of 60% were Twittering the event! That has to be a high point for the larger tech gatherings like this that I regularly attend. (I wonder how many were live-blogging it? I didn't hear of a single person! Surely a few were. But then blogging is so 2004.)
Yet another feed was one set up by EventVue especially for Defrag. This is a community site that has conference producers sign up with them, allowing their attendees to each create a profile, then interact with other attendees -- even in the days before the event begins, as well as during and after. A few months ago, they added a Twitter feature. The nice thing about EventVue's aggregated Defrag feed -- which captured the tweets of everyone at the event who was Twittering (as long as they had set up a profile on EventVue) -- is that each Twitterer's profile photo showed up next to their tweets, so you could really associate the name to the face. (Note one thing on both of these feeds: post-Defrag tweets started showing up today. Also, I see that EventVue, via the feed link above, isn't allowing me to scroll back very far, to all the tweets during the actual event, Monday and Tuesday. I suspect they may also shut off new entries to this feed soon, or take it down altogether. However, they previously also created the "@Defrag08" account at Twitter, where you can see all the event's tweets, going all the way back.)
It was amazing the worldwide conversation that all of us Defrag tweeps managed to get going during this very jam-packed event! Here are a couple of screen shots of replies I was getting to my Twitter account. My favorite? The one from "johnsonLAB" in Berlin at 1:00 am... :-)
UPDATE: Oh, I almost forgot -- photos! Here's my Flickr set (tagged "Defrag08"), which includes many of the slides I found interesting.