OK, it’s time to start getting excited about several events I’ll attend in 2008 – China SES in Xiamen, The Computer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and the Web 2.0 Conference from WebGuild in Silicon Valley. More about China later as I start to plan that trip with my two table tennis pals, one of whom was born in Beijing. Here’s a great recap of Rand Fishkin‘s experiences last year at this conference.
CES Las Vegas is the world’s most super gigantic humongous computer show. Bill Gates is the keynote this year.
There will be amazing new product launches and thousands of exhibitors hawking the latest and greatest electronic gadgetry. I expect at least a few new amazing Google phones based on Android SDK and literally thousands of neat new gadgets for hands on investigation. Hopefully Scoble and Podtech will host another Bloghaus at the Bellagio. I’d read about CES Bloghaus 2007 last year and it really sounded like the happening place to hang out during the conference as a gathering point and 24/7 watering hole for bloggers.
I’m already getting a lot of emails and some phone calls about setting up press appointments with the CES Exhibitors. For many this is the key place to build the buzz for new product launches. I’ll hope to report on the neatest things I see in travel and tourism as well as anything amazing that really stands out.
Robert’s got a post wondering what a lot of people are wondering right now. Why is Facebook handling the beacon advertising fiasco so quietly, poorly, and stupidly? However, I think they are right to lay low and wait for this to die down, then suck up with their advertisers and be back at the bank within a week.
1) Sure, overall there is arrogance here, though Facebook has some reason to puff out their chest given the number of takers at their recent 15 billion valuation (well, it was only 2 takers, but …)
2) Mark Z is a young buck, and Facebook is a young company. They went from handling the claims they were the next big thing and would beat out Google to claims they are the antichrist company, stealing users souls. They are neither, they know this, and it’s hard to react to all that crap so they are not reacting much.
3) BlogOsphere exaggerates problems to a degree that is absurd, and this will mostly go away soon unless users leave Facebook in droves. Users leaving is unlikely. Bloggers forgetting about the beacon fiasco is … less than 10 days away.
4) Advertisers don’t really care much about this. Credibility is an issue but that will be addressed privately. Probably Zuckerberg will need to step down as commander given this, and that may be a significant development. If Facebook wants an IPO they’ll want to pull a Google and hire an old guard CEO to manage the kids in the office. If they don’t – sell that puppy short.
OMG – Facebook scandals are totally boring already. Can’t we talk about interesting things in Technology?