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Wordcamp San Francisco May 30

Jun 1st, 2009 | By | Category: Featured Articles

Wordcamp SF was the most fun I’ve had for $20 in a long time! The video of the presentation by Tim Ferris was the Kickoff Keynote and a highlight of the morning. I used to run conferences for the Univ. of Massachusetts and, man, was I impressed with the physical plant, conference planning, and content presented. Sensational! The Mission Bay Conference Center is located within the William J. Rutter Center at UCSF, just a couple of miles from where I used to live on Bernal Heights. The changes to the neighborhood are wonderful. Directions and parking were clearly marked and I quickly found the registration table and zipped through!

Matt Mullenweg, one of the founders of WordPress, put together a roster of speakers that were smart, articulate, experienced, and fun to watch. Matt Cutts of Google packed the house at 10 a.m., and I was dazzled by the “free lunch” courtesy Media Temple. UCSF food service certainly knows how to feed 700 people arriving at once! Attendance was roughly double the previous year’s. WordPress is becoming more accessible and easier to use. Innovations include Multi-User (MU) platform for multiple, linked blogs (like the NYTimes, Harvard Law Students, etc.)

I had a great time and learned a lot. I was thrilled to find myself sitting next to a Happiness Engineer who provides technical support for the VIP customers paying $500/month for hosting. He had some great ideas for the WordPress class I plan to teach this Fall at SRJC Community Education. I like these people!

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