When the SEO Chicks were sent the questionnaire by our lovely Julie about the last 6 months, and we were asked how it had changed our lives, at that point I hadn’t really noticed a difference.
Enter PubCon and suddenly we had a fan (HI NATASHA!) asking us to sign her t-shirt (which we failed to do – SORRY!). Others wiggled out of the woodwork and suddenly I realised that not only were more than 6 people reading the blog, they actually recognised the other chicks and me! SEO Chicks changed my life (and not in a National Enquirer way) forever!
So, on I move to the past weekend and the BBC Backstage Christmas Bash. BBC Backstage is a grouping of techie sorts who hack and code and generally enjoy coding. According to the BBC Backstage website “backstage.bbc.co.uk is the BBC’s developer network to encourage innovation and support new talent. Content feeds are available for people to build with on a non-commercial basis.”
Admitting to just how much of a geek I am in public now, I went to this techie Christmas drinks event which I have been attending since its inception. Always a great evening with geeks, I met up with Suw Charman, Improbulus (who had to leave early to sing Messiah), Ian Forrester, Ryan A, and others. I also made new friends in Trisha (who is an SEO Chick fan – HI TRISHA!), plus Marko and Martin – Yahoo and Google respectively. They were drinking together, enjoying the company (me and Trisha and Cotta and someone whose name I forget) and talking about stuff they couldn’t talk about. So you can gather the conversation was scintillating.
What did I learn? Those two Dutch guys were great fun and I wished I could have chatted with them more. Regrettably being a filthy spammer SEO meant my time with them was limited by my profession. Sad but true – apparently I went black hat after a glass of mulled wine (white hats – watch that stuff!).
I did find out about knols and Google’s wiki-killer project. No, I don’t believe it’ll kill wikipedia nor am I totally sure it’ll take off. I do understand why they are doing it but it will be ad-driven and so never seen as completely neutral. Not that Wikipedia is neutral, it just seems less evil.
Quote of the night? “We’re just more subtly evil” by Google guy who said it in response to a conversation about Google, market dominance and the statement “don’t be evil”. Really does just sum it up, doesn’t it?