Netroots Nation 2011…

This is my first Netroots Nation conference and I must say I leave feeling very impressed, but also pretty overwhelmed. Being surrounded by so many people who blog for a living or just getting their message out to the masses had my head spinning. Techniques that were shared in several of the sessions I attended made me want to run out and write about the conference.

Welcome to Netroots Nation...

Being somewhat of a neophyte to the world of blogging, it was pretty damn cool networking with the powerhouses of the blogosphere and picking their brains on best practices  has given me more confidence to tell my stories. The sessions ranged from storytelling to getting technology into poor areas just to name a few.

Freedom from Fear Awards Program

If you don’t know about Netroots Nation, it was started a few years ago during the Howard Dean ‘fifty state’ strategy to become the President of the United States. The strategy was to pull progressives, new school liberals together using social networking as a medium to connect people all across this country and across the world for that matter. The movement took a life of its own and this week-end the conference attendance was the highest one to date, 3000.

These people care about what is happening to our country and they want to restore the American Dream, so let’s work hard to make this happen. Next years conference will be held in Providence, RI the goal is to double this years numbers. I hope to see you there!

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I Luv My BlackBerry

By not placing any of my thoughts on my blog in a few days, a video about BlackBerry Messenger prompted my post. One of the items modified for extreme use in the 21st century is the cell phone, in this case my BlackBerry Bold 9700. This is a 2nd generation for me, I had the 9000 and it rocked, but not like its upgraded version, the 9700. The sheer power of the unit gives me the feeling of having a ‘mini-mega’ computer connected to my belt.

I use it to make unlimited calls anywhere in America in my plan and a little extra if I call to some of the neighboring continents. Keeps my connection to my job by using things like email, documents, contacts, and calendar. My ‘social networking’ world is not neglected, with a battery of apps to keep me plugged in. However, the motivator for this post is this youtube clip about BlackBerry Messenger.

BlackBerry Messenger one small step for man, one giant step for mankind!