Lessons from Gnomedex: Too Geeky is a Good Thing

This is just a quick post. I’m sure I’ll have a lot more of thoughts that come out of Gnomedex as my brain sorts through all the information that was thrown at it over the course of three nights and two days. First off I have to say that it’s an amazing conference with a very high density of great people and great content compared to most conferences out there.

It was great seeing so many people I’ve only known virtually for years like Bryan Person and Amber Naslund. I met too many new people to list out here. But at the after parties I had amazing conversations with Marshal Kirkpatrick and Warren Etheridge, two brilliant guys I’d recommend getting to know if you ever get a chance.  Mark Glaser (Gnomedex 9.0) and Dan Morrill (closing thoughts) have some great posts on Gnomedex. The Gnomedex site will have video of all the sessions. You can see my Posterous shared pics of the conference plus I have a few more surprises that are being worked on as we speak.

I talked to a lot of people there as well as to many that didn’t come. One reoccurring theme is that many who didn’t come felt it was too geeky for them. Not geeky in a bad way but just over their heads. I feel sorry for anyone who thought that. It was only occasionally technically geeky. Mostly it was people sharing their experiences and cool things they were working on.

But I think this perception self selected out anyone who wasn’t there to learn cool things. There was significant lack of sales people and people wondering how to use Twitter. Everyone there wanted to learn something new and cool.

No one was worried about the immediate business application of the last talk. Knowledge is it’s own reward.

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Social media anthropologist. Communications strategist. Business model junkie. Chief blogger here at New Comm Biz.
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  • http://twitter.com/natronics Nathan Bergey

    I agree completely with the self selection theory. It's something that I didn't completely understand until I got back and thought about it. I was there despite not owning a startup, having a popular blog, or being a journalist. But I'm curious and geeky and interested in meeting people who do all the aforementioned things. Just being there put you on a level playing field. It says: “I'm part of this whole tech/new media/internet thing enough that not only do I know what Gnomedex is, I bothered to show up.” And showing up is half the battle :)

  • http://www.newcommbiz.com tacanderson

    Agreed, Nathan. Everyone really seemed to be on a level playing field. It wasn't about how well known you were as much as it was about what you were doing or how cool a person you are. Everyone there was interesting and interested. I wonder if there's a correlation? :)

  • Marshall Kirkpatrick

    Nice meeting you too Tac! Viva Gnomedex!

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