“Ten Minute Madness: Social Software and Libraries”

Send in the clowns. Here they are — slides from one of the craziest conference presentations I’ve ever done (we actually billed it as “performance art” rather than as a typical session).

Kenton, James and I had a blast putting this all together and thank god, we managed to pull it all off without ever finding the time to actually rehearse it.

It was refreshing to have the opportunity to weave together so many of the new and interesting technologies that we often end up looking at as individual pieces. In my mind, to really get the value of social software, you’ve got to begin by looking at the whole and the way it allows the web to literally *web* all of these disparate services together.

Quite remarkable, actually, especially given the basement operations and/or grass roots origins of many of these services.

The session was absolutely packed with people and we’ve had some great feedback, as well as some requests to take the session on the road. Glad to hear we struck a chord. Next time we’ll hit “record” and maybe do a little video podcasting of our own.

A few things to note about the slides. There is no audio in this Quicktime file so at certain points you will have to imagine the sounds of various podcasts (from soap opera clips to Ross Singer talking about Canadian disco balls), and at the obvious section, a very bad midi version of Lionel Ritchie’s “Easy” (don’t even ask).

Clicking on each slide should trigger the transitions (once the whole file is downloaded). “The Future” slide in the podcast section seems to hang a little, but have patience– there are many more slides to follow. You’ll very quickly notice it was also not a session on copyright compliance.

In the meantime, until the lawyers bust our butts, enjoy.

If you’re dying to have a better look than what this small Quicktime version can offer, let us know and we can post some of the links we discussed or perhaps a pdf version of the session. Sorry. Jokes and gags not included.

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