#rp11 – More Feedback

During the past days I read a bit through the blogged feedback from others about re:publica. I noticed that there are lots of pro’s and con’s around discussing how the conference has been and how well it fulfilled the expectations of its visitors. Which is quite diverse!

The feedback from @Frau_Elise I personally agree with most, simply since re:publica went very similar for me, lots of chatting and networking and just feeling the joy of being able to meet so many “old and new” faces in one place, and even having the time to catch up with most of them over a coffee or two.

I already saw on the program that few sessions really would be relevant me, so it was clear from the beginning that re:publia would be mostly a networking event for my part. Which suited me perfectly since I knew I mainly want to see a lot of people! Means I didn’t expect much in terms of me learning something totally new from the beginning – one reads the title, knows who is doing the sessions and that usually indicates what you get on which level. But the sessions I did visit proved to be useful as expected! Plus I am still glad that I by chance also attended the session everyone is over the moon about, @wilddueck – that was not on my initial plan but definitely a highlight!

Then, obviously if you came to Berlin with some expectations regarding the sessions and for attending mostly these, plus you are more of a digital native than a digital newbie, then I can definitely understand voices like @ghensel’s .

On the other hand, sessions that were more basic, means like topics that have been discussed over a few years (and will be discussed in a few years), were probably very useful to people who’d finally wanted to get the hang of it, which is to my mind even more important than feeding only the geeks of us who (like me) follow important stories and discussions anyway online. I’d also argue that it is not that easy to get it right for all 3000 people, but I would still say that most things went right at re:publica. I at least had a great time, and many others, too, it seems.

What one could improve in terms of better session and program planning, though, is to try to find out who actually is coming and which expectations there are.

When registering for #rp12 one could probably let the participants put themselves into categories like “digital newbie”, “digital native” and “somewhere in between”. One could also let people choose from selected topics which areas they are most interested in, plus let them add new ones. According to that, the organisers could choose and plan sessions corresponding to the audience that will attend.

And then finally, like 2 – 3 weeks before the actual event when the program is ready, one could ask all attendees to pick their 5 top events per day – the sessions they really want to see. That way one might get an indication of how “hot” a session is and whether it should be taking place rather in a bigger or smaller room. Regardless who the speaker is. My 5 Cent.

But as you would have understood from my previous posts, re:publica was awesome for me just as it was. And I think it is always (with any event and anything in life!) what you make of it.

Monitoring the digital echo of #rp11

re:publica – the conference for blogs, social media and the digital society with about 3000 participants is over.

Over? Not really when you look at Twitter, Facebook and all blog articles posted. It seems now it only has begun!

On Twingly, there are by now almost 80 blog posts writing about re:publica . (English and German language results, in case yours doesn’t appear, please ping it to Twingly!)

Also, on Liveboard you can see the tweets still rolling – moderate speed, but still very decent. And by now we counted almost 10.000 unique users with almost 48.000 tweets!Wednesday and Thursday (13th and 14th) were definitely the strongest days, with most tweets between 8am and 11am, and then in the afternoons from like 12pm to 2.30pm.

When checking out Liveboardplease use CHROME, SAFARI or iPAD! We are currently working on a version compatible with FF4, but that still takes a little while.

The official re:publica stats containing everything in one place, plus a little bit more in-depth analysis was provided by buzzrank. buzzrank is a service of SocialObjects, a German start-up  for social media monitoring, founded in autumn 2009 by Oliver Wagner and Oliver Köster.

Very pretty and informative – these are the stats for the strongest day in terms of tweets and feedback for re:publica on the social web:

More buzzrank-stats for re:publica you can find here: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3

Viva las real time conversations 🙂 !

Are there more Analytics around for re:publica? If so, please share them as a comment here. Thank you!

Update 21st of April: Here you can find the majority of blog posts about re:publica!

Food-Talks, Nerd-Boat, Fashionblogs & finally Icecream – Day 3 at #rp11

Day 3 at re:publica could be described with the most talks over food and beverages – and I must say it was extremely enjoyable!

We started off at 9am with NEXT breakfast at BASE_camp in preparation for NEXT conference in about 4 weeks. When coming back to re:publica, there was a change of schedule and we missed the sessions we were actually interested in. So we were forced to continue with a coffee session at espresso ambulanz around the corner, and when then finally the sun appeared, we simply had to go to Eismanufaktur as well. My dear Swedes in Östergötland, Eismanufaktur is a SEVERE competition for Bosses and Smultronstället

Following that we had a bit of lunch before walking back to re:publica, and soon it was time for entering the nerd-boat for boat-nerds. Background: re:publica organised 2 boat trips on the Spree. The tour was a bit limited since at the same time NATO was meeting in Berlin, but still great in the company of a simply awesome crowd of people!

Returning from the boat I attended the session about fashion blogs from Anna Weiland.

In her thesis she looked at how fashion blogs gained more and more influence in the fashion world and how fashion gets defined. I loved her session because it was well-structured and I finally understood the difference between a streetfashion blog, an informative rather fashion news orientated blog, and a personal fashion blog. I recently came across all 3 types for a blog report about the 20 biggest Norwegian fashion blogs. In future, this and other knowledge about the world of fashion journalism that Anna shared will help me doing an even better job. Me likes :)!

Following Anna’s session, we waited for the grand final to start, the big room was already packed with people when I tried to find a place for myself!

We did not get disappointed – it was an epic final (again!) with a couple of hundred people singing along Bohemian Rhapsody // Queeeeeen!! Think we made quite a unique cover version, wouldn’t you agree? (Never mind my “creative” attempt of filming this… just listen or turn the screen after a few minutes – thank goodness there is the easily turnable  iPad now 😉 )

By the way, I do NOT think that it was a total disaster that the w-lan in some places and at times didn’t work. Isn’t a conference there for walking around with eyes up and finally spotting the people one always wanted to meet in real life? Of course one never meets everyone one wanted to, but I met and saw a lot more people when walking around head up and eyes open rather than proceeding in the “head down only ipod exists”-position. This was an opportunity to add some real experience to the digital one!

A great day’s final for me was sitting with nice people at Salumeria Culinario – thanks for organising this Djure!

After that I just fell into bed, with lots of nice memories in my head and heart.

Thank you all for 3 great days, and see you next year maybe!

More pics you find on Facebook, btw – and @republica started collecting more blog posts here! Web-Writing-Magazin has more collected feedback, and so has elcario!

Have Google-translate ready, in case German is not your language.

By the way, if you would like to get a flavour of the Swedish social web scene, then keep an eye on Swedish Social Web Camp. It will be taking place in August, and you can contact Tomas and Kristin for details.

If you like what you see here (even if you might not understand it) then you should definitely plan this one in for your summer holidays!

Language isn’t anything to worry about, I’d say, English gets you far. But please note – complaints about non-working w-lan are not really on the menue. And as far as I know you might not have excessively much time for fiddling with your toys anyway :).

So come and join us if you dare!

Newshype, Stickers & Wilddueck – second day #rp11

Last week I read about Newshype, a new German aggregator for news and hot topics discussed in the blogosphere. These guys would like to follow Frank Westphal’s steps with Rivva, another great aggregation project of a similar kind. So I am very curious about checking out the service and getting an own picture of it, especially since there are (as usual) already some skeptical voices around. On the other hand the question of “Rivva is dead, what now” got definitely answered. And without even having looked at Newshype yet, I think it takes great courage and enthusiasm to start another service like Rivva, and we already know there is a need for such a service.

I was hoping to get an invite from Newshype at re:publica after having read on Twitter that they will be giving out some there – and I got lucky after having been at the conference for less than half an hour. There were too nice guys passing by while I was still rummaging in my bag for stuff and getting settled, and they slipped this card into my hand. I said thanks without even looking at it, and when I did it was like “oh! Cool!” And fun really with them using German bloggers as lead figures on their invite-cards, among them Sascha Lobo (to the right) and if I am not wrong Johnny Häussler, one of the re:publica-founders, to the very far left. Which I had the honour to shake hands with today for the first time. I still remember that his blog Spreeblick was one of the first German blogs I ever looked at, and I was impressed by his style of writing.  Since I was new to Twitter at that time, too, I couldn’t resist letting him know my enthusiasm by tweeting something like “Really nice blog you have” and a thanks with smiley face came back. Without even knowing really who he was. That’s me, I just start chatting… Well, I still like reading Spreeblick, even if I don’t look at it regularly.  It is a really good and nicely presented mixture of longer reflective stories and short posts with stuff he just came across and wants to share. Inspiring, and therefore to me one of the best German speaking personal blogs around. That much for a little discourse into the past with the title “@anmara discovers the big wide world of blogs” ;).

Anyway, I didn’t get the time to test Newshype yet, but I will do during the weekend, and a review will follow in this blog. Shame only I didn’t find these two lads again, would have been a pleasure to talk to them about their project. But there is still tomorrow, so if you two read this and would be interested in a chat, don’t hesitate and grab me when you see me!

Then later this afternoon I finally took a closer look at the board with information material at the entrance of Friedrichsstadtpalast – and what did I spot? A few cool additions to my sticker collection! And I also allowed myself to add some from Twingly for YOUR collection. These are removable stickers, in case you wondered why they don’t stick to your t-shirts. They will hold on to your laptop, phone, mug, fridge, mousepad, screen etc. – and you will be able to (re)move them.

So these are the additions to my collection:

(To my colleague @forsgren: I secured one with “We Zombies” especially for you…)

Otherwise I had some really enjoyable talks and meetings, and I even managed to look at some sessions. I missed the one about flattr , though, and therefore hope that it will be available online later, especially since I heard that Peter Sunde (alias @brokep) appeared bare foot on scene. Just hope this wasn’t too much of fulfilling the stereotype of Swedes in the line of “they are dancing naked with the polar bears on the streets” 😉 . So I hope to catch this session later! At the same time as he was on scene, I talked Swedish with a German fellow over a cup of coffee. Berlin really offers nice and unique experiences!

The session I enjoyed most was the one of Gunter Dueck about “How to apply the internet as the operating system for society”. Learn more about him on his own page  , follow him on Twitter under @wilddueck and try to see him live some time. I rarely saw a good speaker like him, who manages to draw people into his speech (no chance to sleep!), makes them laugh but then again holds a mirror in front of them making them see themselves, which stops them laughing, gets them thinking – and laughing again. About themselves, yet realising the truth they just have been presented with is undeniable.

Right. Over for today’s #rp11 rants. Thanks for reading, in case you made it all the way to this last line. Good night!

Rain, no icecream, but still a very decent first day at #rp11

It rained when I arrived this morning in Berlin, and it was still dropping when walking back to the hotel tonight. Unusual. I am used to have at least dry weather when spending some time here…

Anyway, after checking in at the hotel and also having a proper breakfast there, I made my way to re:publica at Friedrichsstadtpalast in the town center.

Forgot to mention that I was met by immediate international flavour when arriving in Berlin. On my way to town I had got company from a nice Taiwanese student who started traveling Europe in Stockholm, and after having arrived at my hotel, I shared the breakfast area with three ladies from France. I like!

The first one I met at the conference was @pottblog, one of the most popular German bloggers – can the day start any better? @tapio from @oseon was the next one I stumbled upon. He promoted his new book about how to use Social Media as vital part of a successful PR-strategy. A book with best-practice and how-to examples, and only as much theory as necessary. Nice addition to the available literature I’d say, and definitely worth checking out for the interested German speaking ones among us.

And so it continued, @martinweigert @peate @hetty @katti @klauseck and @thomasE @HerrSchmitz only being a few of them. At Kalkscheune, the other place of re:publica, I ran into @Vasco from @mokonomedia and @blog_de and we had lunch together with another nice guy from Carta.info. His  name didn’t stick to my teflon brain (for names that is, I remember faces – so please comment if you read this!). Topic among others was of course blogs, what else.

Finally, in the afternoon I also met @50hz, @prcdv @codeispoetry @elcario and @meerblickzimmer. It really is like @hirnrinde and many others said before – the re:publica a big meeting with everyone within the German social media sphere (“Klassentreffen”), means with everyone interested in it or working with it.

Apart from catching up with people and networking, I attended two really good sessions. One of them was about “Global Voices”. Remember? That one was on my list for the first day. It was inspiring to listen to Solana Larsen (@solanasaurus), their managing editor. Let me explain why.

For all of you who didn’t know what Global Voices is, it is a community that picks up topics and problems from all parts of the world. The editors and translators at Global Voices listen especially to bloggers and tweets from countries where free internet and publishing and sharing opinions in general is not at all as self-understood as it is in our Western countries. Simply since you can get in trouble by doing so, best case not ending up loosing your life… Global Voices gives subjects a room that main media only picks up long after i.e. a proper crisis has emerged, and then often only with one-sided reports. As an example Solana explained that in Iran there were not only the bloggers and voices that wanted to get rid of their government, but also a lot of people who wanted to keep it. Yet the only messages reaching us were the ones voting against the current government… Then GV monitored the situation in Egypt and Ivory Coast long before the recent dramatic events, just no main media picked it up… I wonder why – for journalists truly interested in world politics this must be a great additional news source, mustn’t it?

A valid question from someone was, who of these bloggers one could trust? Cos there are surely some set up by i.e. dictatorships that spread “wrong” news? Global Voices listens, said Solana, and only experience in monitoring a certain country helps them finding out who is a trustworthy source and who isn’t.

If you like me want to get started with checking out Global Voices, then Solana recommends to start with one country, maybe the one you want to go on holiday to. So, Swedes, you should monitor Thailand then maybe 😉 . And I pick Ukraine, because I am interested in this country since I started following the British ambassador Leigh Turner‘s blog last year.

The second session I went to was with @TimPritlove from Chaosradio about Podcasts and Radio as Tools for Public Relations. Thank you @Meerblickzimmer for taking me with you! And I tell you lot why. I am the occasional Podcast listener, and I never really got what this is all about – apart from that it is some interesting stuff you can listen to whenever you want basically. But Tim’s session got me a bit more curious about the whole thing. I personally like i.e. the idea that this is not a field where you have set formats. In contrary, new innovative formats arise from it, and the tendency is that podcasts inspire what we know as traditional radio, be it state radio or commercial stations. Also there is a huge variety of them. Okay, I was aware of that, but not about the many topics and areas one potentially could make podcasts about – as long as there is a target group who wants to listen to it. And – most importantly, that one is allowed (and wanted!) to have an opinion in most of them – unlike mainstream radio with the hyper political correctness we are exposed to, unless they send comedy satire that is… Anyway. Interesting and greatly made session by someone who knows his shit.

You read enough now, here are some impressions from the conference – not many, though. I swapped between iPhone and HTC camera, and these are the best results (of the few I have) that I can share.

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A great day finished with a long due German-Norwegian-Swedish catch-up with @meerblickzimmer at a nice Indian restaurant on Oranienburger Straße. And this blog update.

Can a rainy day end better? Don’t think so.

Keeping track of re:publica-tweets #rp11

As you might have read in my last post I already thought a bit about which sessions to visit and who I would like to meet at re:publica.

Like always during the last days before re:publica starts, my Twitter timeline is crowded with #rp11-tweets – there are a lot of tips flying around as well as people fixing times for a coffee-chat.

My company last year developed a visual tool for conferences called “Liveboard” where one can see the latest tweet about a certain hash-tag, other hash-tags used in conjunction with that one, the top users by number of mentions and updates. Apart from that one can also see during which time of the day there was “tweet-high-time”,  and on which days most tweets were sent.

Today we set up a Liveboard for all tweets that contain #rp11, which is the official hash-tag for everything happening around re:publica.

Open this link in Safari, Chrome or on your iPad: http://liveboard.twingly.com/republica. Right now I have it open in Chrome on a second screen and watch the numbers just rolling in. Will be really cool to see what this looks like during and after the conference!

Please note that Liveboard is HTML5 based and works in Safari, Chrome or on your iPad!

re:publica approaching in vast steps!

The re:publica is approaching vastly, and finally I found some time to check out their schedule. Thought it might a good idea to kind of plan at least my personal “must-sees”.
So this is my list with the sessions where you will be most likely to meet me:

Day 1

Opening at 10.00 – I will try not to miss that, although I will be arriving only that morning…

Personally, I don’t feel that day 1 has that much to offer for me, but I think I will check out these sessions:

12.00 Wenn Linke Linke verlinken with @codeispoetry – Tom Pfeiffer is a great story teller, and although I am almost sure I won’t learn anything new there, I know it will be enjoyable to listen to what he has to say about what other people can learn about you on the web without you actively doing anything there…

16:00 Global Voices – Are you listening? I don’t know much about this blogger community and want to learn more simply!

18:00 Utopia London  I was a Londoner from 2003 to 2008, and in my heart I still am. So I follow everything happening there still with a great interest, and I look forward to look at this fascinating city with the eyes of Tom Cordell.

The sessions that I really want to see on Day 2 are:

10.00 The Internet of Elsewhere One hears a little bit about how internet is used in other countries, now, this is a chance to learn even more about which role it plays in other cultures and countries like i.e. South Korea.

12.00 Openleaks with Daniel Domscheit-Berg – not sure what he will manage to tell us about Openleaks during 30 minutes, but hey, seems to be worth checking it out, and maybe there will be signed copies of his book which I still have to and want to read? Am curious if this will result in much more than celebrity spotting.

12.30 Flattr 1 year  with Peter Sunde  – Another successful Swedish export, flattr launched on re:publica last year when I wasn’t there, but I saw it during the year being used on many blogs and even newspapers like taz. Personally I consider flattr a genious alternative to any kind of paywalls – if your content is good, people will pay for it. Voluntarily. Will be great to learn how flattr did so far!

15:00 Diaspora – building a better way to share Don’t know much about this project, but I would like to learn more about the principles of it. Not at last because we at Twingly also look at smart ways to share information for our current new project.

20:00 Twitterlesung ? Would be about time for me to attend one, but then again, maybe I spend the evening otherwise. We’ll see.

Day 3 – like on day 1 I don’t find a lot that interests me, so I will probably be visiting a few business partners in Berlin and just being around on the conference, catching up with people.

Anyway, these sessions I am interested in:

16:00 10 years of blogging in Germany I don’t expect anything new here since I follow the development, being quite a newbie in terms of blogger myself. Also, it seems in Germany bloggers have total different challenges to deal with than in other countries. I only say “Abmahnung”.

17:00 Fashion blogs and their role in fashion journalism internationally  This will be fun to listen to since fashion bloggers are big in Sweden, but they are also getting increasingly important in Germany it seems. So I expect learn a bit about the challenges for fashion bloggers in different countries, what influence they actually have and how they get treated by fashion journalists, but maybe also by shops and brands.

Right! Now you have the corner stones of my program at re:publica!

Otherwise I can see myself pottering around, networking and chatting all day, so comfy shoes will definitely find their way into my luggage.

Looking forward to seeing you around – feel free to ping me on Twitter if you want to catch up!

Now I just have to print this post and put it into my pile to take with me next week. Kidding 😀

Webciety, re:publica, NEXT, Geek Girl Meetup – Conference Springtime is on!

Seems this year I catch up with everything conferencewise what I missed in 2010 (reasons being family member passing away, ash cloud etc.).

Anyway, this year you can meet me “live and in colour” (German proverb translated) at these events:

Webciety on CeBIT (01st to 5th of March 2011)

This one is already a gonner, but in case you want to check it out, I had the pleasure to take part in a discussion panel about Social Media Monitoring. Other members on the panel were Yasan Budak from Vico Research, Guilhem Fouetillou from Linkfluence, and last but not least Michelle Chmielewski from Synthesio.

If you are in the need of some afternoon or Friday entertainment and have 42 minutes to spare, here is the video of our session, includes us juggling with English and German.

Next on the list is the re:publica in Berlin! (13th to 15th of April 2011)

re:publica is the conference about bloggers, social media and digital society in Germany. The event goes into its 5th round and it could double the number of visitors every year. When tickets went on sale in  November 2010, the blogger tickets were sold out within one or two days… Speaking of a popular event to attend!!

This year Jakob Augstein, publisher of the weekly paper Freitag.de will be part of it again, and I also look forward to listening to the journalist Richard Gutjahr who reported live from Egypt this year when the revolution started. There are lots of other great speakers, check out the list!

In May I will travel to Berlin a second time and attend the NEXT Conference (17th + 18th of May 2011). Data Love is this year’s theme, and already now it is worth following their blog and all the buzz around it. Participants are also welcome to write on the blog, especially the official NEXT11-bloggers! I should also think about something smart to contribute with since I am part of the group of official bloggers, as a matter of fact my role will be more a bit of a host for the international guests rather than a blogger… But having the honour of being there alongside names like Joakim Jardenberg, Henriette Weber and Paula Marttila (all renown Scandinavian bloggers), Oliver Gassner, Olaf Kolbrück, Martina Pickkardt, Tapio Liller, Nikos Anagnostou and many others, that still puts quite a bit of pressure on 😉 …

In case you want to go but don’t have a ticket yet, there is still a chance to get one with a 20% discount !

Last but not least and probably dearest to me, there is the Geek Girl Meetup in Stockholm! (21st and 22nd of May 2011). I managed to secure a ticket today, and I also convinced Charlotta to join in. She studies interaction design in Stockholm, and right now she joins our team @Twingly as an intern. The Geek Girl Meetup’s themes Gaming and Creative Technology might be giving not only her lots of new ideas and inspiration. Go, girls, go!

Looking forward to meeting at least some of you on these events! 🙂 My aim is also to share some interesting happenings from these events and trips here on Wha’ever.com.