Dana Vanden Heuvel wonders what Web 2.0 technologies would facilitate a "Conference 2.0" environment (and hey, isn't that a pretty good name for a conference on conferences?)
Here's his list:
I've come up with these tools so far, please add your thoughts in the comments:
1. A blog (of course)
2. A wiki
3. A Frappr map (like Loic's) of conference attendees, speakers and followers
4. A del.icio.us account tracking links about the conference
5. A flickr photstream with conference photos, tagged with the appropriate keywords
6. A technorati link to the conference keywords & tags
7. Buzznet Buzzwords
There are more suggestions in the comments to the post.
There is a point at which this all makes so much sense, yet, nobody (or so few as to be counted) in our industry are sincerely thinking about applying this stuff that even I at times wonder when I'll see any of it applied correctly to a significant non-tech, non-marketing conference or trade show. Hopefully soon.
As a personal aside, I see Dana tagged this post "Wombat", referring to WOMMA's upcoming WOMBAT (Word Of Mouth BAsic Training) seminars. In addition to Dana, Toby's one of the "Wombat bloggers", so it'll be interesting to see what they have to say about this conference. I'm not going, but I admit to being skeptical about applying science and methodology to word-of-mouth. I can hear echoes of John Houseman grousing, "We make customers the old-fashioned way. We EARN it."
I just can't wrap my arms around *wombat* because it was my nickname on Prodigy for several years in the 90s. My wife knew me as *wom* for two years before she knew me as *rich*. It just feels really odd to say the word now.