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This year at Web 2.0 Expo we've implemented several networking tools to help you connect and interact with one another. This is a large event and we want to make sure you get as much out of networking in the lobby as you do from the sessions.
Join CrowdVine, the official Web 2.0 Expo social network to meet and connect with other attendees. Once you've set up your profile you create your own personal schedule of sessions and events you want to attend, rate sessions and speakers, start a discussion, and of course peruse the profiles of other attendees.
So, where’s the backchannel? Install Roamabout, a browser extension for Firefox and IE, and you can chat with other attendees, access speaker questions, rate sessions and access your network. Note: logging in through Facebook will provide access to the backchannel only. Logging in with CrowdVine will provide access to the backchannel, your Want to Meet network, and your personal schedule.
Use Twitter to keep up with other Web 2.0 Expo attendees. When you send in a mobile text (SMS), Twitter sends it out to the Web 2.0 Expo group of friends and posts it to the Twitter page. To follow twitter, text “follow w2e” to 40404 or go to twitter.com/w2e.
Remember Dodgeball? Picture a more flexible version made from Fire Eagle, Upcoming.org and Twitter. Did we lose you? Don't worry, we can find you, or at least your friends can. Fire Eagle is the new location information brokering service from Yahoo! currently in beta, but made available to Web 2.0 Expo attendees by special arrangement. If you Twitter, let Fireball help you share location information with everyone in your network, and stop spending the conference shouting "where are you now?" into your phone.
Get Web 2.0 news and information, discuss the conference and meet-up with your fellow conference goers on the Socialtext sponsored Web 2.0 Wiki.
Become a fan of Web 2.0 Expo San Francisco on Facebook and meet hundreds of other Web 2.0 enthusiasts.
To help connect with other attendees we’ve created networking stickers for your badge. Tag your badge holder with the stickers that you relate with most and help get conversations started. Stickers will be distributed at registration when you pick up your materials.
Start a discussion. Join a discussion. Meet other attendees. Pariticpate in a BoF Lunch. Write your topic on a table on Level 2 (Tues) or in the Expo Hall (Wed-Fri) by 11 am to have a table pre-designated with the topic of your choice. Then after you grab lunch, claim your table and welcome others. What kinds of topics? Anything goes: data portability, social capital, music, Brazil…you get the idea. BoF Lunches are happening Tuesday – Friday.
Don't forget about all the parties and meet ups scheduled each evening after the conference ends. Check out the After Hours page for a complete list for who, what and where.
Let us know what you think about these tools or suggest another networking tool to consider using next time. Just send an email to email@example.com.