Thoughts On Following The Inman Real Estate Connect Conference From Far AwayJanuary 11, 2008
Wow, I had a great time at the Inman Real Estate Connect conference in New York City …but wait…I didnt even attend! I was in South America that entire time. Thanks to technology, those that for whatever reason could not attend had a fairly responsive view into what was actually going on.
Twitter actually was a fairly effective tool for communicating. Several people on Twitter such as the Real Estate Zebra, Jeff Turner, PhoenixREGuy, Jim Duncan, and Ben Martin twittered in shifts to communicate the high points or controversional points of what was being said and their opinions. I liked that. At least one question or comment was raised from a twitter based participant.
For me, Twitter by itself wasnt nearly as effective as the tools used to aggregrate “tweets” by using a combination of the #inman hash tag and a Yahoo Pipes site specifically designed to aggregarate the Inman Conference info put up by Andy Kaufman. This really demonstrated the power of immediate communication by crowds and had an immediacy not found by traditional live blogging. Amazing….need to note that for future real estate events.
If the hotel had better wifi, the Sellsius live video feed from the Inman Connect conference would have worked and I could have followed along during the day with only half the questions that I had. Although they didnt have the first live feed from a major real estate conference (the world’s largest real estate gathering, SIMA in Spain, had a number of live streaming feeds in May 2007), live feeds will definitely change the nature of conferences as we move along. I just wonder how long until conference organizers try to monetize the “official” live video feed.
Like many other real estate bloggers, as much as I would have liked to go, responsibilities to our customers kept me at work. Real estate video work never ends you know. Thanks to everyone that took the time to remember the folks on the “home front”. Many more people also put in a lot of time of time to be sure that the key messages of Inman Connect New York City were communicated quickly. To all of these unsung heroes, a thousand thanks.