Social Networking World Forum

Just back from the Social Networking World Forum – was a great event, “smaller than expected” was a phrase I heard quite a bit but in reality, it was a first attempt at this conference from the team and next year looks set to be even bigger.  What it lacked in exhibition stands it made up for in conversation.  I can’t remember going to an event where so many key decision makers were wandering around and discussing the web.

Of course, everyone talked about Twitter.

I met some really smart people and can happily say that some amazing things are planned for the next few months.

So a quick run-down on some highlights – I met the team behind Blinko, who just launched a social mobile network where the key is having  just 20 real friends, my fear with this site is that you could actually lose real friends..but the team are fired up and have a big company behind them.

Then I met Dan and Neal from A Tiger in Africa – they are launching a site soon that could be massive, it may need some tweaking but I think I discovered a great revenue model for them..jammy gits!

I briefly met the guys from Punch Communications, they seriously get Social Media.

I spent a lot of time talking to Sara-Jane from Butlins, we had some great brainstorming, watch this space for more as we are going to be talking a lot about these guys shortly – and a bloody good reason to join fuelmyblog coming soon.

Finally putting a face to the names of Paul Fabretti and James Whatley was a pleasure, two nice blokes.

And last but not least Maz from Sky, we had a good chat and as with Butlins, watch this space..lots more coming if you are on fuelmyblog.

Thanks to the team at SixDegs, good job, see you in Cali.

Now back to my crisps

Future of Web Apps – Butcher plays rrrrrr-runaround

Just got back from Future of Web Apps.  It was a great show, so slick and so many amazing speakers.

Snapshot of things seen, people spoken to:-

MySpace Bus

Microsoft Table

Jemima Kiss (blue dress – ok, possibly only female in shot) filming Mike Butcher hosting Techcrunch Runaround – a format that should be revisited in a larger scale

He who has most behind wins:-

Mike Butcher meets Ben Huh – I can haz a knackered Mike (he just finished Runaround at this point)

Here’s to the next event – although I am still thinking Mike should def run a Crackerjack version – best pitches get to hold cabbages – most cabbages win.

And then finally back home, this damn iphone is not picking up but..look at the ceiling in the plane, those two white rectangles are for mobile phones, the left says “turn off mobile” on the right says something like “mobile can be used”..imagine, a plane with mobile phones…urrgghh.

Sorry about the huge break in posts – there are reasons!

Wow, that was a long time since I last posted. Far too long. For that, I am so sorry.

Things have been really really busy behind the scenes over at Fuelmyblog. I have been working like crazy, flying back to the UK almost every week this year on Ryanair,and if you ever find yourself in Europe, they are such a cost effective way of getting around I fly from South West France to London for $30 return!! (carbon offsetting does take place)..I have also started a three times a week show on BlogTV with the great Paul O’Flaherty, soon to be of this fame. We have had a few guests on the show so far, the amazing Liz Strauss who is hosting a great business school for bloggers soon here and the talented Mr BusinessGolf, Scott took the stage too. The show is still in very early stages and really it is thanks to Paul that it is not an absolute shambles, he has an incredible interview talent and I would love to see him speaking to more amazing people, maybe you guys would like him to interview Stephen, Loic or even Mr Scoble? (I would love to see why they do what they do) Please drop me a fuel if you have any ideas on future guests.

The frustrating thing about some of this really exciting stuff is that I can’t really talk about all of them. Not yet. Sorry again! I can give you an insight as to what the site is going to be doing soon, I will write a separate post on where it is going and my vision for Fuelmyblog in the future, in fact if you guys could offer some assistance at any point, I’d be grateful. But I can’t tell you about the new “concept”.

I have been putting together a concept, an idea that is just so different and simple it promises to be (and will be) the biggest kind of non-online, online “thing” ever to hit the shores of the UK, then Europe, the USA followed by rest of the planet (I have NDA’s coming for those really wanting a sneak preview). Truly amazing. The only thing I can say now is that as soon as I can say more, I’ll do it here first! Our investors are not always the easiest to get excited but during our last board meeting I was offered almost a blank cheque! I suspect we won’t need any as I am talking direct to the CEO’s of major organisations and all have (so far) gotten excited (these CEO’s have over 40,000 employees to look after!). I can’t wait to tell more. If you own a website, are a journalist, a blogger or even simply a web user, you will love it. I promise.

So, what is going on at Fuelmyblog?

Right now based upon a keynote here delivered by Matt Mullenweg, we have developed a Facebook application for your blogs, it will show your URL (with link), it will show blogs you read (the fuelroll as seen over on the right) and it will look pretty cool and will be more useful than throwing a sheep..!  He also is talking on his blog about splogs at the moment and it is the reason we monitor every single blog that joins up, keeping it spam free.

We are changing the way you arrange the order of friends, by dragging them up and down freely.

Then comes the next big thing on Fuelmyblog, we are starting True Product Testing. We are going to let you lovely folks keep products in return for some honesty, “does it work?”, “is it any good?”..but you won’t be paid (you get to keep stuff) you won’t be asked to write positively and you will never be given a script. It is simply going to be called product testing 🙂 You will be able to opt in to be included.

Fed up with fueling blogs, is the process too slow? We have a sexy little solution for that too, it will make the process far easier and allow multiple fueling!

Oh and the friends widget will display your number of votes too!

So again, sorry for the absence, I will write much more regularly in here..I hope!