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Semantic microblogging talk @ MBC09

Quick report and slides from my session
Last week I've been at MBC09, a conference about all things microblogging. It was organized by Cem Basman, who not only managed to get very interesting speakers on stage, but also a report into Germany's main TV news.

The conference started slowly, with a little underwhelming sponsored keynotes, but then quickly turned into a great source for inspiration, thanks to barcamp-style tracks during the rest of the conference. I particularly enjoyed the session about Communote (a microblogging system for corporate use), a talk by Marco Kaiser about near-client XMPP at seesmic, and a panel about "Twitter and Journalism" (really entertaining panel speakers).

As usual, I pulled a near-all-nighter to hack on a funky demo, only to get on stage and have a projector that didn't like MacBooks. Luckily, I was co-speaking with Sebastian Kurt who had slides for using Twitter as an interface to remote apps (todo list management and similar things), so I didn't have to fill the whole 30 mins stuttering about demos that no one could see. Anyway, given the circumstances, the session didn't go too badly. Interestingly, the Zemanta and Calais APIs triggered most of the questions.

I've now uploaded my slides (and added some screenshots of the demo prototypes), in case you're interested in this stuff or wonder what I would have talked about, or if you didn't see the demos after the session.

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Nice deck bengee!
Comment by John Breslin on 2009-01-28 22:30:14 UTC
Really interested in what the questions were... bye Andraz Tori, Zemanta
Comment by Andraz Tori on 2009-01-29 00:12:58 UTC
John, thanks :)
Andraz, it were pretty practical questions: How far do you get with the API limit, how's the quality, differences between Zemanta and Calais, ... Stuff like that.
Comment by Benjamin Nowack on 2009-01-29 07:58:36 UTC
Thanks for this great presentation. Adding a structural layer on top of microblogging is exactly the mission statement of our company Commentag (we released http://tweetag.com 2 months ago - it's a topic-based browser for twitter which uses automatic tagging).

We have an open api but we would like to enrich it to allow third party application to use microblogs as, like you say, tools for logging machine readable activities.
Still a lot of work ahead but a very promising future! :-)
Comment by Xavier Damman on 2009-01-29 10:50:30 UTC
Thanks for this posting and your great presentation at mbc09!
Comment by Martin on 2009-02-04 15:32:16 UTC
Very interesting idea. I am thinking along the same line but do not have your technical knowledge. Good luck with the project.
Comment by Ward on 2009-02-21 17:12:05 UTC
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