Personal conversation during conference breaks beats digital communication hands-down

Update 2014-05-13: Spotify conversion rate, session moderator at Media Convention got it wrong.
Stefan Zilch CEO Spotify GmbH Germany clarifies – Spotify enjoys a 25 percent conversion rate from freemium to paid client status, not 30 percent (see comments – below).
See also comments by Johnny Haeusler – co-organiser – re-publica 2014.

We talk about the great, the good, the bad, and the ugly at two of this year’s Berlin Web Week components, re:publica 14 and concurrent Media Convention Berlin.
Plus, get pictures and videos, as well as six suggestions for improving re:publica 15.
Keywords#mcb14 #rp14analysisanalytics, contagious contentinfluenceKPImetricsreader comment, resonanceROIsocial sharing, media convention, re:publica 14, Berlin Web Week

CLICK IMAGE - media convention AND re:publica 14: Ideas, data and more: Do not forget to assess and evaluate what it means - the SOCIAL MEDIA AUDIT - GATTIKER #mcb14 #rp14Both re:publica 14 (May 6 – 8, 2014) and Media Convention Berlin (May 6 – 7, 2014) had their own hashtags, #rep14 and #mcb14, respectively, and both were held in the same location. On May 8, Media Convention Berlin’s venues were taken over by LinuxTag attendees and exhibitors.

re:publica 14 advertised itself as being the event of the year:

– three days,
– 500 speakers, and
– 250 hours of programming.

I had gotten myself a ticket for both re:publica 14 and Media Convention Berlin, and here are some of my impressions (of course, I was unable to attend all concurrent sessions, so my account is a partial view of both events).

The Great

Somebody told me I needed to attend Teresa Bücker’s talk (30-minute video below), but I really wanted to attend the session, Supergeiler First Kiss – Viralität nur gegen Kohle (Stellar First Kiss – Virality Only Comes From Cash), but the session was overflowing and the doors had to be closed to comply with fire regulations.

So I had to find another session to attend, and chose Teresa’s. Probably a good thing, since it exposed me to something different. As Albert Einstein would have said, „If you attend a session understanding nearly all, get out of there, choose another presentation or panel where you know little to widen your horizon.“ That is what Teresa’s talk offered me, new insights.


Her talk ‚early‘ (i.e. some of us had sufficiently recovered from our night on the town so we were up and able to attend) on Wednesday illustrated some activism issues, namely how tough, time-consuming and nerve-wracking it can be to be an online activist. This was a personal account of somebody trying to move and shape things in the political arena using social media, and she was engaging as she shared her tribulations, failures and successes.

Because of this I thought I needed to attend the afternoon workshop with Teresa Bücker and Ingrid Brodnig (check out Ingrid’s VERY interesting blog, see also her fascinating book, which she gave me to read). The workshop gave Ingrid an opportunity to present her ideas and experiences with managing comments on user forums, blogs and so forth. This interesting session’s focus was on traditional media outlets (e.g., newspapers) having online forums. It also gave us the chance to ask some questions for which there was not enough time during Teresa’s morning session. Both Teresa and Ingrid gave us a run for our money, and a lively discussion evolved towards the end.

Among other ideas, Meike Rensch-Bergner (what a blog – go get ‚em – check it out!), pointed out that sometimes you need a thick skin to deal with comments, and one cannot take them personally. Such acts of self-preservation seem necessary, especially when your blog or forum addresses a racier topic (Stern somehow managed to get Meike to blog for them on a sexier topic…).

Incidentally, a bigger room with decent seating that is more conducive to this type of work would have been nice, but c’est la vie.

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The Good

There were many good events at re:publica 14 and Media Convention Berlin – sometimes it was hard for me to choose. One panel was entitled, The Future of News – The Crowd versus the Editor, with panelists from Bambuser, Twitter, BBC Global News and Vice Media.

At first this session worried me when panel member Rowan Barnett of Twitter Germany (first on right, below) stated:

Twitter has been my primary source of news for years.

How can that be? How does Rowan find the time to locate the gems of tweets that bring him the news he needs? Does he have any time left for his main job as manager of Twitter Germany, which is to sell Twitter advertising to big clients?

How refreshing it was to hear Richard Porter (BBC Global News) pointing out the more nitty gritty:

  1. The issue is not crowd versus editor, but how we can serve users best (i.e. meet their needs for quality news).
  2. Most BBC users want to consume media or news in traditional ways (e.g., getting emailed newsletter, listening to radio, watching the news on tv).
  3. The challenge of media (e.g., the BBC) is to earn their trust – only if we have their trust will they reward us by watching and listening.

CLICK IMAGE - Media Convention Berlin AND re:publica 14: Richard Porter outlining why mobile and video on demand may still not be the first choice with many listeners and viewers globally #mcb14 #rp14

Richard Porter (second from left, above) also felt compelled to point out that the BBC and other broadcasters, whether public or private, must serve three vastly different user groups:

  1. Those who let the BBC choose their content and watch it on TV or listen to it on the radio, etc.
  2. Those listeners who want to choose what programs they want to enjoy on their desktop or iPad (e.g., video on demand, podcasts, etc.).
  3. Mobile users that want a personalised service, where the broadcaster uses an algorithm to deliver content they appreciate most / want (e.g., news in the morning, entertainment shows on weekends).

This was one of the few gems of a session I experienced at Media Convention Berlin. It made up for other panels that included moderators and / or panellists that were ill-prepared because either:

  1. the moderator had not managed to put together a set of questions beforehand so the panellists could prepare their answers; AND / OR
  2. panellists did NOT take the time before coming to Berlin to prepare their answers to questions given to them by the moderator beforehand.

Some, like Stefan Zilch (Spotify) did very well – he augmented his answers with interesting data. To illustrate, he pointed out that Spotify enjoys a 30 percent conversion rate (moving freemium to paid user). This is quite high in comparison to the usual 5 percent or less conversion rate others like Dropbox, Xing and LinkedIn have. He had many more such tidbits spread throughout his remarks. This was in stark contrast to his fellow panellists Manuel Uhlitzsch (MyVideo) and Timm Richter (Xing).

2014-05-13 Correction

Moderator got it wrong, Spotify enjoys a 25 percent converstion rate as per Stefan Zilch CEO Spotify GmbH Germany (see his two appended comments – screenshots – in the comment section below)

The Bad

The maybe saddest part was that when people took breaks, they often spent them staring at their screens to stay in touch with those far away.

CLICK IMAGE - re:publica 14 AND Media Convention Berlin: Why stare into a smartphone screen tweeting or chatting when you could talk to your fellow attendees? #mcb14 #rp14

Since I had the chance to talk to these interesting people in person for once, and not via the net, no online stuff for me. Sharing, caring and learning with and from others made this event special for me. So out go the gadgets…

There were some things I was not that happy about. Geh mir weg mit Barcamp (Stop with the BarCamp) is such an example. The room had a pillar in the middle of it, obstructing a large part of the sizeable audience’s view. Five minutes before things got going, the doors had to be closed to those still wanting to attend in order to comply with fire regulations.

Other sessions got big rooms, but failed to add anything to the topic.

To illustrate, the session about Todessternsünden – Hochmut, Geiz, Wollust, Zorn, Völlerei, Neid, Faulheit (i.e. pride, greed, lust, anger, gluttony, envy, sloth) dealt only superficially with information that is old hat. In fact, Jonny Haeusler (co-organizer of re:publica 14) had posted something very similar to the Todessternsünden presentation on his Spreeblick blog in March 2008. He had simply translated an English Bloomberg post about sins (yes, he gave appropriate credit). Why so much ado about nothing or such a re-hash was put on stage remains a mystery to me.

CLICK IMAGE - re:publica 14 AND Media Convention Berlin: ALBERT EINSTEIN

Other surprises where headline acts that did not provide new insights beyond what most of us know. Definitely not what Einstein meant with the above quote. For instance, Media Convention Berlin had a session by Scott Smith (Data-Driven Media, or The future of data, data-driven creativity) that five of us from four different countries, three working in journalism, talked about afterwards and felt cheated of our time.

Scott Smith’s blog’s content is rarely shared on social networks, with few – if any – reader comments. Using his blog’s robot.txt file to prevent search engines from indexing his content does, unfortunately, not help his wisdom to spread in the wild.

The Ugly

There were some things that I found outright unethical or immoral. For instance, Greta Taubert gave a presentation about her year of abstinence, where she stayed apart from consumer society – re:publica 14: Allein ist die Wildnis ein öder Ort.

CLICK IMAGE - re:publica 14: AND Media Convention Berlin: being authentic is not served by claiming to live the life of the poor while staying at the posh conference hotel #mcb14 #rp14

Great, but she stayed at the conference hotel, a consumer palace of the first water (see above). Mingling with airline crews and conference luminaries means abstaining to her?

But this raises another issue about today’s world, where appearances are practically everything. Claiming on stage that we have to abstain from consumerism to avoid the crisis while staying at an expensive hotel is not authentic, is it? Trying to act like the poor for a few months does not mean you understand their experience, nor that you have suffered what they have. It’s all just show!

For instance, does authentic mean you have to be an imposter? Can you try to act Amish or Hutterite and feel and be that? No problem! At re:publica 14, Alexa Clay was advertised as the Amish Futurist and her talk was about the Power of Buttermilk.

Holzach, who spent a year working and sharing the ups and downs of a Hutterite community felt he still was not a ‚true‘ Hutterite, even after 365 days. He was still a „White Black“ brother. But no problem for people like Alexa Clay, she can just get herself in the mood and be a „White Black“. What kind of cultural anthropologist is she?

VERY interesting for those claiming to require only a day of immersion to be authentic: Holzach, Michael (1982 – out of print). Das vergessene Volk. Ein Jahr bei den Hutterer in Kanada (The forgotten people: One year with the Hutterites in Canada). DTV Taschenbuch.

CLICK IMAGE - re:publica 14 AND Media Convention Berlin: Being authentic is not served by claiming to slip into the role of an Amish woman #mcb14 #rp14

Watch the video – I think it borders on blasphemy or mocking the Amish. Besides, the first seven minutes are so boring, they should be skipped – otherwise you will already have tuned out.


More interesting re:publica 14 tidbits

re:publica 14: What do David Hasselhoff and F-Secure have in common?
re:publica 14: What happened to Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and his big data euphoria?

CLICK IMAGE - re:publica 14 AND Media Convention Berlin: Thursday morning, everybody seems to be experiencing overload - vendors are being left alone by attendees. #mcb14 #rp14

What re:publica 15 should do differently

Enough ranting, the great and the good show that there was much to choose from to be inspired. Having organized annual conferences for years, I started wondering: Are there a few things that, if fine-tuned, could make re:publica 15 an even better experience? Want to know? Glad you asked, here are my five (oops, just got to be six) suggestions:

  1. Session chairs / moderators have a VERY important task: Get session chairs that have the confidence to enforce the schedule: if they fail to inform the presenter when time is nearly up, some presenters might go on forever. Definitely, not in the audience’s best interest.
  2. Session chairs / moderators must be prepared: Accordingly, that person needs to know the topic. Some journalists at Media Convention Berlin – media rules! failed this acid test. They seemed unable to prepare insightful questions to get the discussion started, if necessary. Some moderators were prepared and got the discussion going until the audience was ready to add its own comments. Hats off!
  3. Be more systematic when selecting submissions and headliners: Most people I talked to who submitted a presentation, whether accepted or rejected (like ours) were unsure what the deciding factor was for the committee. By telling applicants what you want (e.g., what makes your session unique, what are your 3 key points), and giving them feedback (yes, it takes time), you will help markedly improve submissions for next year’s program. And no, David Hasselhoff should NOT pass muster to talk about what he did at re:publica 14. If necessary, let such people give a fireside chat (i.e. informal gatherings for interested parties). Where is the beef at re:publica 14? See below.
  4. Blogger event of the year: Most German media seemed to believe this story and convey it to their audiences (e.g., ARD news, May 6). Still, if you aspire to this label, present a program that provides more insights about issues that interest and concern bloggers. Talking about net policy, privacy, pseudonymity and anonymityissues ACM and EICAR conferences dealt with around 15 to 20 years ago – is fine, but try to advance our understanding by having some speakers that have been involved with these same issues. Sascha Lobo, supposed doyenne of bloggers speaking about net governance – you cannot be serious!?
  5. Less is better: By Thursday morning many people were just too tired, if not exhausted, so few attended the last sessions (see above, taken at 11:22 am). To successfully fight this trend, the last day of re:publica 15 needs some real presentation gems that attract the tired re:public crowd. I went to LinuxTag instead, and even though Linux isn’t directly up my alley, I quite enjoyed connecting with people who were thoughtful, engaging, and really knew their stuff. Not a great comment on the last day’s programming…
    CLICK IMAGE - re:publica 14 AND Media Convention Berlin: When you party hard for two nights in a row, many needed their beauty sleep the morning of the last day. #mcb14 #rp14
  6. Look beyond Germany and the US: If re:publica is Europe’s Internet or blogger conference of the year, more people from the rest of Europe need to attend and be featured on the program. This was clearly a German event with a few US guest appearances.

Source: re:publica 14: Where is the beef?

What was the best session you attended at Berlin Web Week or Media Convention Berlin?
Did you get to meet some of those fellow attendees you wanted to meet at re:publica 14?
Any great product, gadget, gossip or innovation you learned about during re:publica 14?
Thanks again for sharing your insights – I always appreciate your very helpful feedback

Special offer for re:publica 15

If the organizers read this, I want to take this opportunity to thank them for all the effort they put into staging such a huge event – well done! I put my money where my mouth is, so if I or my colleagues can assist you with fixing some of the glitches for re:publica 15, let me know. We are at your service.

Urs E. Gattiker, Ph.D. - CyTRAP Labs - ComMetrics.

The author Urs E. Gattiker – aka DrKPI: His book, Social Media Audit: Measure for Impact, appeared in 2013 from Springer Science Publishers.

His latest book, Social Media Audits: Achieving deep impact without sacrificing the bottom line was published in April 2014 by Chandos Publishing / Elsevier – blog readers => grab your 25 percent discount with free shipping now.

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19 Kommentare
  1. Johnny Haeusler
    Johnny Haeusler sagte:

    Yes, we try to read everything (and it’ll keep us busy for a few more days) and any input is highly appreciated, even more so if it’s as detailed as yours. Thank you very much!

    • Urs E. Gattiker | DrKPI
      Urs E. Gattiker | DrKPI sagte:

      Lieber Johnny Haeusler @spreeblick:twitter

      Danke für Dein Feedback. And my offer stands, so if you can take advantage of my support / assistance for re:publica 15, please feel free. I offer myself as a helper.

      Besides, thanks for having left a comment on our blog. Organising such an event as re:publica 2014 must have been and apparently continues to be a major exercise of loads of work :

      … (and it’ll keep us busy for a few more days)…

      Thank you Johnny

  2. Eric-Oliver Mächler
    Eric-Oliver Mächler sagte:

    i was too lazy to translate all of my german words into english – therefore my comment in german :)

    Eine nette Zusammenfassung der #rep14 – danke urs dafür

    danke youtube konnte ich jetzt schon ein paar sessions der republica 2014 gemütlich im wohnzimmer anschauen. und die sessions die ich gesehen habe, haben mich geschockt. wenn nämlich kinder sessions führen können und danach als #rep14 stars gefeiert werden, bin ich gar nicht mal traurig nicht an der Rep gewesen zu sein.

    Und sonst hoffe ich, dass ich das eine oder andere zückerli noch finden werde. aber weder hasselhoff noch den überschätzer und gekaufter journalist lobo haben mich bisher überzeugt. evtl hast du ja noch ein wirklich guten session tip den ich mir online anschauen kann.

    • Urs E. Gattiker | DrKPI
      Urs E. Gattiker | DrKPI sagte:

      Lieber Eric-Oliver Mächler Danke für Dein Feedback

      Ja die Sessions waren manchmal wirklich eine Ueberraschung.

      Hier is something more about Google:

      Google Nest: Your data, our future

      That was not Google presenting a new product at re:publica 14 but two B-Actors doing a stunt. Seriously!?

      Journalists attending this presentation, such as those from Die Welt (May 8, 2014. Gefälschte Google-Seite sorgt für Aufruhr, p. 27) got all excited and felt it would create a shitstorm on the internet. Wake up people, freemium means your personal data is used to offset costs, allowing Facebook and Google investors to make a profit (as our data suggested – ethics, privacy, morality – see Gattiker & Kelley, 1999: – ask me for a digital copy).

      In case you, Eric or others, want to watch this Google ’shitstorm‘, I saved you the time searching for it (see below).


  3. Urs E. Gattiker | DrKPI
    Urs E. Gattiker | DrKPI sagte:

    Angehängt noch ein Kommentar von Stefan Zilch, CEO Spotify Germany GmbH.

    Er wies mich unter anderem darauf hin, dass die Moderatorin falsch lag mit den 30 Prozent. Er sprach von:

    sind aber 25%, nicht 30%. :-) Die Moderatorin erwähnte 30%.

    Stefan, vielen Dank für diese wichtige Richtigstellung. Aber 25% sind immer noch phenomenal!


    • Urs E. Gattiker | DrKPI
      Urs E. Gattiker | DrKPI sagte:

      Spotify hits 10 million paid users.NOW can it make money?
      Here is some of the press information I found on Spotify’s website 2014-05-21:

      Paying subscribers: Over 10 million
      Active users: Over 40 million*
      Ratio of paying subscribers to active free users: Over 20%
      Revenue paid to rights holders since launch: $1bn
      Number of songs: Over 20 million**
      Number of songs added per day: Over 20,000
      Number of playlists: Over 1.5 billion created so far
      Available in 56 markets

      BUT: NOW can it make money?

  4. Gaby Feile
    Gaby Feile sagte:

    Hi Urs @DrKPI:disqus

    Thanks for the summary.
    Shame, I was in Berlin at the same time, yet not at re:publica 2014.
    If I had known you were there, we could have caught up.

    Anyway, I have watched one talk (Ein blindes Huhn ist kein Ponyhof) from re:publica that was recommended by various experts. It was about the importantce of language use. Yes, I liked the content a lot. Here’s the link:

    However, call me snobby, yet I found the quality of the speaker and the host rather bad. Being used to TED talks, I was expecting some more professionalism from the speakers, both technically (in particular having all those geeks there) but also rhetorically.
    What is your impression on this?

    Cheers, Gaby

    • Urs E. Gattiker | DrKPI
      Urs E. Gattiker | DrKPI sagte:

      Dear Gaby @kommboutique:twitter

      Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting on my post. You asked me to watch this video and I did….

      Moderator function: Did not do a great job…. but as we all know, it is tough challenge for all of us to be an effective moderator-
      The technical issue during the event: Real problem because not everwhere were speakers given wireless microphones used for the speakers…. making things somewhat cumbersome (something I hope will be fixed when re:publica 2015 comes around). But this session, I could not see a technical issue

      Yes TED presentations are usually superb although moderators are not always wonderful either …. and more often than not the presentations are a fantastic show (i.e. flash in the pan) but do not necessarily reveal much insight either.

      However, it surely helps, if the show is well done…. it is more a problem – a real one – if presentations are bad and the content is even worse. This was clearly not the case here.

      Gaby, thanks so much for sharing. And yes, that we did not connect there (you also being in Berlin) is unfortunate. Connecting with people at re:publica 14 was wonderful and probably the biggest PLUS for me :-)

      • Urs E. Gattiker | DrKPI
        Urs E. Gattiker | DrKPI sagte:

        By the way, Gaby @kommboutique:twitter

        This is what I call a navel gazing show or (Selbstbeweiräucherung) …. she basically talks about how reat she is… she is but it does not come through that well in this presentation:

        1 what is the structure of her talk . …. cannot find it?
        2. what are the 3 unique points she would like to get across?
        3. what does her talk mean for the end-user (e.g., surfer, blogger, writer)?

        Apparently she was voted the most popular presenter 2013 – what the moderator points out.
        Another example of how discussions are not happening at the end of these talks:
        a – the moderator has no question in the back to start off
        b – the presenter actually talked too long and there are no more than 2.5 minutes left to ask and answer a question from the audience, and finally,
        c – she sends everybody to have a beer …. gives the impression she does not want to answer a question.

        Watching this makes me wonder about what is good delivery of a message / speech…. AND where is the beef (the title of this blog entry).
        She surely is not an educator because her student evaluations would have been her undoing by now if this presentation is an indicator.
        Gaby – did I get this or do you disagree?

        • Gaby
          Gaby sagte:

          Hi Urs,

          Thanks for your questions. Again, speakers‘ bashing is not my intention yet I am happy to give you my feedback.

          This talk had many surprising language facts in it and it was entertaining. Also, I believe that since many attendants were bloggers they agreed with her even before she started. So it was an easy job for her. Her slides were well done, I guess this counts a lot for this specific audience. Still, I admire speakers the most that do not need any slides at all.

          With regards to the content, you are right, there could/should have been more concrete recommendations or more outcome on how to use language every day. An agenda would have helped everybody, including the presenter, to follow. I find her link tips very helpful and follow some more people now on twitter (at least theoretically).

          Still, if I talk about language, I need to make sure that I communicate well (verbally).

          True, a better intro and extro with some prepared questions would have helped a lot. Yet again, if the audience liked the talk as it was, I am fine with it. My expectations however are different.


          • Urs E. Gattiker | DrKPI
            Urs E. Gattiker | DrKPI sagte:

            Thanks Gaby for getting back to me on this one.

            I am not sure I can agree with:

            This talk had many surprising language facts in it and it was entertaining.

            To me it did not have many facts I was not aware of or new ones I cared to know about. Neither did I feel able to take something home that might help me improve my writing…

            I wholeheartedly agree that she had the audience on her side before she started. But I think it dropped markedly off during her talk when the response she got (i.e. repeat after me – complete this quote) – rather lukewarm participation – near the end of the presentation

            Thanks so much for sharing. Gaby.

      • Gaby Feile
        Gaby Feile sagte:

        Hi Urs,

        Am impressed about your quick reply and the fact that you watched the talk.

        I partly watched the presentation of the young guy that Eric-Oliver @annubis:disqus linked to. However, I was wondering why he was invited. Sure, the kid’s talk was entertaining. But the technology did not work and there was nothing new in his talk (where is the beef?).

        Talking in front of many people is one of the toughest tasks there are. If an event wants to be a benchmark in so many ways, I simply had expected that everything would be more professional.
        It’s the first time that I ever watched talks from re:publica, so I was surprised. And because someone recommended the above talk as „being the best of re:publica“ I was simply wondering how poor the others must have been.

        Don’t get me wrong, pleae. My intention is not to bash speakers or organizers. If this is how it works at re:publica, this is it.

        But: Is this another example about those people spending too much time in front of a screen being very likely unable to communicate with a life audience properly?
        All the gadgets do not help when someone is not able to connect with the audience.

        Being a moderator on the other side is a different thing, I agree. Here, it is even more important to connect with people and: to give information. To me moderating is way easier than public speaking.


        • Urs E. Gattiker | DrKPI
          Urs E. Gattiker | DrKPI sagte:

          Gaby @Kommboutique:twitter
          Replying to your comment where you also referred to Eric @annubis:disqus

          I am not sure if this talk did give me what I wanted.
          I remember some books about foreign languages from Klett Verlag. There they had a nice paragraph early on about how many words the average John Doe uses (e.g., in French) and so forth (pie chart and some numbers).

          Apart from that I expected to take something home from watching this video, I did not feel I could.
          As well, not everybody in her audience was a blogger. I find re:publica is not really a blogger conference. Instead it is a get-together for like-minded Internet users of all types and sizes.

          Thanks Gaby for sharing your insights.

  5. Michael Firnkes
    Michael Firnkes sagte:

    Sorry auch bei mir leider auf Deutsch, mein Englisch würde keinem gefallen:

    Ich fand diese re:publica deutlich spannender als die vor zwei Jahren. Deinen Punkt „Mehr Inhalte für Blogger“ teile ich nicht ganz: Ich als Blogger freue mich gerade, bei der re:publica einmal „über den Tellerrand“ schauen zu können. Vor allem den vielen Input zur Zukunft des Journalismus fand ich extrem werthaltig – wir Blogger werden uns in ein paar Jahren den gleichen Fragen stellen müssen, als heute die Journalisten.

    Reine Blog-Themen werden auf den Barcamps schon genug „durchgekaut“. Das ist keine Wertung, einfach mein subjektiver Eindruck.

    • Urs E. Gattiker | DrKPI
      Urs E. Gattiker | DrKPI sagte:

      Lieber Michael @blogprofis:twitter

      Thank you so much for your comment. You point out that you cannot really agree with my comment „more content for bloggers“.

      But this is really interesting. I know that you are a Star-blogger – while I do a little blogging but focus much on management issues, measurement and so forth (Internet governance, security, etc.)

      Hence, looking at those talks, I was not that happy about the depth and insight (e.g., Lobo’s stuff was a disaster). Moreover, some of the blogging talks (see above in the blog entry of mine) were too popular, so I could not even enter.

      What I feel sorry about is that we missed each other. But as I wrote, I do not use my mobile to check Twitter whilst having a chance to talk to people :-) … If you had tried e-mail I would have replied – always have to check that because of work.

      I am not sure if the input into the future of journalism – really the talks at the media convention berlin – next door … — was that helpful. The most helpful comment was what I heard from the BBC – Richard Porter – about the challenges, in 5 minutes but right on target….

      Michael: What was your key learning point from re:publica 14 regarding journalism and how do you think it will affect your blogging?


      Urs @DrKPIcom:twitter

      • Michael Firnkes
        Michael Firnkes sagte:

        Star-Blogger ist weit übertrieben aber Danke ;) Vielleicht hattest du Pech mit deiner Auswahl und eben den überfüllten Vorträgen. Letztes Jahr war ich nicht auf der re:publica, weil ich die Sessions 2012 ebenfalls arg dünn fand. In diesem Jahr umso besser..

        Du hast Recht, das Netzwerken dort ist gar nicht so einfach. Jeder starrt auf seinen second/third/fourth-screen. Ich schrieb in einem Tweet „Man fühlt sich wie bei einem Klassentreffen, nur viel anonymer“. Nächstes Jahr treffen wir uns und ändern das :)

        • Urs E. Gattiker | DrKPI
          Urs E. Gattiker | DrKPI sagte:

          Lieber Michael @blogprofis:twitter

          Vielen Dank für Dein Feedback.

          Ja ich hatte wohl ein wenig Pech… überfüllte Vorträge, etc.

          Aber Deine Idee das wir uns treffen – d.h. das organisieren damit wir uns nicht wieder verpassen – finde ich natürlich super.
          Da freue ich mich schon auf nächstes Jahr an der re:publica 15.

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