Berlinblase is back


Berlinblase.deWith Barcamps abound and the Web2Expo just around the corner, it’s time to once more kick off a few side projects. One I’m particularly fond of is Berlinblase. (I hinted at it here.) Johannes Kleske was so kind to write up a neat brief summary, so please allow me to simply quote at length:

Yep, we’re back! After our first attempts with rather spontaneous group-mashup blogging for the Berlin web week (Barcamp Berlin 2 and Web 2.0 Expo) last year, we intend to take it to a new level this time. Tumblr is awesome and helped us to get things started but we want more. And WordPress looked so damn hot … that’s why we set up this new group blog. Content-wise we will cover a lot more then last year, starting today with the Barcamp in Stuttgart. Look to the top right for a list of all the main events we will be bubbling from. We will still aggregate all the interesting articles, pics and media bits about these events. But we will also bring you a lot more original content and personal opinions from our crew, flavored with tasty podcasts, spicy interviews and of course, delicious live twittering. As you know, we are very passionate about the various spheres x.0. We have met some of the most amazing people and found truly mind blowing ideas in ‘this thing’ we affectionately call “the bubble 2.0”. We love to hype the cool stuff like crazy. But we will also call you out if you give us BS ;-) So, a hot new season of conferences and barcamps is upon us and we will try to be your inside source. But most of all we’re looking forward to meet as much of you guys as possible. Because in the end, we’re in this for the friendships and yes, the cold ones with old and hopefully many, many new friends. Keep on bubbling! Peace.

October is web season in Berlin (come & play!)


Just as last year, this October Berlin will be home to a whole bunch of great web events. Most notably, O’Reilly’s Web 2.0 Expo will be in town, and no doubt will attract all the movers and shakers of the Web 2.0 world. Last year it was a blast. (One of the fun things: Asking Tim O’Reilly how he’d tell his mom what Web 2.0 is, a video that also was featured on the expo frontpage for quite a while. Here’s how.)

Also, BarCampBerlin goes into its third round. If you haven’t been to a BarCamp, put your name on the waiting list right away, I promise you won’t regret it. Where Web 2.0 Expo is all business, BarCamp is all about community. It’s just so much more intimate.

The awesome folks of Pl0gbar will organize another Pl0gbar (19 Oct), I already reserved the whole upper floor of Sankt Oberholz, Berlin geek crowd’s favorite coffee shop. Just follow the glow of the white Macbooks.

Of course, there’s more, like the Facebook Developer Garage, EduCamp (organized by Steffen Büffel), Girl Geek Dinner (organized by Nicole Simon) and, last but not least, a TechCrunch Meetup (from what Mike Butcher told me, Thursday the 23rd is the most likely date).

A good overview of the activities can be found on BerlinWebWeek.de. (Hey, they even have the fancy cover flow thing going on!)

my moo cardI’d love to meet up if you’re in town, make sure to say hi! Also, feel free to connect on any of these channels:


On a side note, a few friends and I will kick off a little side project I cannot talk too much about just yet. Just two hints: Remember (ironically-named = “Berlin Bubble”) Berlinblase, a spontaneous mashup of all things web 2.0 to cover the expo? (Links: Tumblog, video, Twitter.) Well, let’s just say we’ll try to push that a little further, plus are gathering a fun little geek team to rock SXSW as well. (Sponsor applications will be accepted soon.) Stay tuned.

Update: Got no Web 2.0 Expo Europe conference passes yet? As part of a blogger outreach program, Cordobo/Andreas has a registration code that’ll give you a 35% discount.

Berlin Web Buzz This Fall: Web2Expo & BarCampBerlin 3


This fall, Berlin will be buzzing with web stuff once more: O’Reilly’s Web2Expo will be in town, and it’ll be surrounded by a lot of smaller events. Most notably the way-more-intimate BarCamp Berlin in its third installment, aka #BCB3. Last year, this meant a week or so full of web events as the Twitterati flocked to town. For me, it was Nerdvana.

I had a great time at Web2Expo and Barcamp Berlin last fall, geeking out and doing video interviews with both speakers and attendees. My personal favorite? I asked Tim O’Reilly how he’d tell his mom what Web 2.0 is. Here‘s what he* said:

(*Yes, I realize the movie start screen doesn’t show Tim O’Reilly himself.)

If you get a chance, make sure to say hi. To coordinate, why not just connect through the BarCampBerlin Mixxt Network or on Twitter? Also, Web2Expo will surely put up their own conference social network Crowdvine again, but it doesn’t seem to be up yet.

And, just because it rocks, here’s the BarCampBerlin logo, designed by Kosmar:

BarCampBerlin3, Logo designed by Kosmar (kosmar.de)

It’s still early, but if you like to follow the process, BCB Soup and bcberlin3 on Twitter are a good way to go.

Slideshow: Free Traffic. Social Media Marketing 101


At Web 2.0 Expo San Francisco, Muhammad Saleem gave this great presentation on Social Media Marketing. It covers the basics as well as some advanced background info, like about the Digg algorithm.

For further reading make sure to check out the references he kindly provided.

(via Matthias Henze)

Tim O’Reilly tells his parents: What’s Web 2.0?


Link: sevenload.com

At Web 2.0 Expo Berlin, Tim O’Reilly kindly agreed to try solving the one issue all of us are sharing: How to tell our parents what we do? So here’s Tim, explaining to his parents: What’s Web 2.0?

“So Web 2.0: First off, it’s the idea that the Web, rather than the personal computer is the most important platform for computer applications today. The applications that matter to people are no longer things like Microsoft Word or a spreadsheat. It’s things like Google, or Amazon, or if you’re a kid maybe it’s MySpace.

When we think about this, though, we have to realize whenever we have a new platform in the computer industry things work differently. So we started thinking about what makes the Web different.

And what makes the Web different is that on the network there’s the potential to build applications that actually get better the more people use them. And they actually grow organically in kind of a conversation with the users.

You can look at this with every major company that succeeded on the Web. They’re all in some way using the network to harness collective intelligence, to get better by user contribution. And I think that’s really the heart of Web 2.0.

As to why we call it Web 2, it was really after the Dotcom Bubble, and the Dotcom Bust, which was really a stock market phenomenon, everybody thought maybe the Web was over, and we thought it was still going. So Web 2 really refers not to a new technology so much as the second coming of the World Wide Web as an important technological phenomenon.”

Disclosure: Once again, this is a cross-posting from my work for Blogpiloten.de. Tim was great, as he took the time for this little experiment although he was clearly pressed for time. Thanks a lot, Tim! The video is released under a Creative Commons license (by-nc-sa 2.0).

Update, 8 Nov: I just got notice that this video made the Web 2.0 Expo website front page. Yay!

Barcamp & Web 2.0 Expo Berlin


Barcamp Berlin

It’s been a bit quite here on the blog, but that’s a good sign: It’s been rather busy during the last couple of weeks, what with Barcamp and Web 2.0 Expo coming to Berlin. So there’s a few things to announce and share.

First of all, and some of you may know this already, I’m thrilled to be working for Netzpiloten.com for awhile. Namely, I’ll be managing editor for Blogpiloten.de. Blogpiloten.de is a German online magazine showing what’s important in the German Social Web sphere and introducing the folks who actively shape the social web. It’s been exciting during the last couple of weeks as I’ve been getting to know everybody there, so keep an eye on the mag as we’ll be quite productive during the next couple of weeks. Also, on Blogpiloten.de there will be plenty of coverage on the Web 2.0 Expo Berlin (mostly German, sorry).

Which brings us to my second point: Berlin will be host to the web folks from all over this week and next. With Barcamp Berlin and Web 2.0 Expo Berlin hitting the city, it’s going to be a fun and interesting week indeed. So many cool folks to meet, so many events to attend. (At this point a big thank you is in order to the PR folks and organizers of the conferences: Great job, thank you!)

This week’s going to be pretty cool, so I’m looking forward to meeting a lot of you folks, and to eventually put some faces to those email addresses, twitter names and blogs. Welcome to Berlin!

If you’d like to meet up, get in touch:

(If there’s going to be any photos posted on Flickr, they’ll be labeled web2expo.)