Greetings from rather sunny Las Vegas, where it is a little warmer than in Chicago. Unfortunately I'm just here for the day, but lucky for you, I can bring you a small taste of what's going on here at Pubcon before I head north east to Chicago tonight for SES. In the mean time, also check out our latest SMG blogger - Brian Cosgrove and his live blogging at SES.
Today's opening keynote at Pubcon featured a rather great keynote talk by Craig Newmark of Craig's List. I've actually put my entire take of the keynote out on Search Engine Guide, so hope on over to read it there, after this first brief intro.
Craig Newmark of Craig's List started out before'95 at Charles Schwabb evangelizing the internet. In high school he was the true "geek".
Craig, started this email list in Pine to his friends about what was going on at diners and restaurants in San Francisco. It exploded, soon people were asking for events and even listing apartments. People passed this list around and then ask to be added, soon list was up 240 email addresses and Pine cannot handle anymore. His friend helped him upgrade, but he also needed a name - his friend's already called it "Craig's List". His first venture into branding, and it grew even more. Denise Caruso suggested that he start putting tags such as "Event" on the emails so they all knew what was going on in the emails. Eventually he remembered he was a programmer and took his emails and turned them into web pages.
Jump over to Craig Newmark of Craig's List at Pubcon - Webmaster World at SEG, to read the rest of the keynote address. Lee Odden's actually sitting right next to me also putting up his views on the keynote over at TopRankBlog.