Yes, I said 1.0. Not 2.0.

The big, sold out, $2800 per person Web 2.0 Conference takes place this week, but forget about that. The real web technology event not to be missed is Merlin Mann’s gig, the blink tag worshiping Web 1.0 Summit. Merlin is the snarkalicious "mann" behind 43 Folders, 5ives and other web goodness.

You can find details at and if you're still not convinced, check out the format for the event:

Proposed format for brief, non-primarily-drinking-and-socializing portion of the Conference:

  1. You sign up on a sheet to do your presentation
  2. I hold and manage a timer (duh)
  3. You have 2.0 minutes to make a case for your 1.0 technology or squirrely business model
  4. Whenever you say "monetize," "font face," or any of a variety of secret 1998 words, everyone drinks
  5. Repeat until a) 20 minutes, b) we get bored, or c) every person in the room completes a first round of funding

<blink>So, who's going?</blink>

Posted by jzawodn at October 03, 2005 02:31 PM

Reader Comments
# Andrew Wooster said:

A bunch of us snarky Apple people will be there.

We just discovered this whole "World Wide Web" thing, and think it offers an empowering opportunity to incentivize converging paradigms, or some such.

on October 3, 2005 02:46 PM
# Charles said:

I announced my own conference a few weeks ago, "Web 3.0, AntiSocial Software." Nobody is invited to the conference, anyone who tries to attend will be turned away at the door.

on October 3, 2005 02:50 PM
# Nick W said:

hey, you're missing web2.1 !

i love a good backlash, web2.0 has become the establishment, break out the pitchforks, burn the witches!

haha :-)

on October 3, 2005 03:02 PM
# Isaac Garcia said:

Central Desktop will be there. We believe in Merlin Mann so much, we became a sponsor.

Oh, and you left out the dress code:

". . . so iron your New Media Blue™ shirt and recharge your ginormous cellphone."

on October 3, 2005 03:59 PM
# assaf said:

I promised a friend to demo new technology that can open a new window from an existing web page, e.g. to display advertising. we don't have a catchy name for it (yet), but the possibility for monetizing eyeballs and tracking hits will revolutionize content delivery!

on October 3, 2005 08:05 PM
# Tom Foremski said:

I agree Jeremy, it's too expensive. I went to the Web 1.0 evening event (the pub around the corner) and that was by far the best place to be last week. In Web 2.0, vendors paid $30k, while the goers were charged $2800. And they had to sit quietly at dinner while a JB led panel yapped all the way through the evening.

Yes, a liquid diner was not a good idea, but the place was loud, brash and tremendous fun. And I picked up a truckload of great stories, ideas and made new friends and contacts. Web 1.0 cost me nada, in fact, I think I might have ended up a few drinks ahead on the deal!
Is that invite into the technology bowels of Yahoo still good... :-)

on October 11, 2005 12:53 AM
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