I’ve enjoyed Pubcon Las Vegas and I’m looking forward to the big bash today to wrap it all up. Still, for the first time I’m leaving with a feeling of the growing disconnect between the really neat developments in Silicon Valley I’ve been seeing at Dave and Doug’s Mashup and Startup Camps and what the mostly SEO focused and new business folks are up to here.
(Notable exception was Lawrence’s RateitAll.com presentation which was excellent and addressed several key points like the coming Gadget/Widget revolution and user content challenges and opportunities). He’s in SF so I think he “gets it” more than a lot of the folks here who seem stuck in what have become “old school” concepts of highly manipulative SEO work, link networking, arbitrage and often risky SEO tricks.
I think the big story in computing right now at many levels are the issues that surround content ownership, content use, mashups, and gadgets. Not much discussion of those here and I think that lack of awareness may come back to haunt those who don’t pay attention to the “new” internet, aka “what happened yesterday?”.
But hey, I’m in the cheap hotel so what do I know?