I'm Ligit! I'm out in Denver for the Defrag Conference that Eric and crew put together. Today was pretty interesting. I had a chance to meet up with a few folks I don't get to see as often as I used to. But more importantly, I met many new folks who are sure to be part of tomorrow's interesting discussions.

I'm at a bit of a loss right now. I have a speaking slot at 11:30am on Tuesday (agenda) and am still trying to figure out what to talk about. Coming out here, I thought about it and had some ideas. But looking at what the conference talk has all been about, I'm less convinced that I'm on the right track. I have two directions I can run in with it now and need to sort that out.

The first bit of text on the about page is this:

Defrag is the first conference focused solely on the internet-based tools that transform loads of information into layers of knowledge, and accelerate the “aha” moment.

And I think that from there I can talk about the socialization of the Internet and tools/sites we use every day. But I can also go in a slightly different way, talking about the "internet-based tools" and "transform loads of information into knowledge", and how we (Yahoo) can be suppliers of technology and services at many points in that chain.

Or maybe something in between. I'm just not sure yet.

Any ideas?

Posted by jzawodn at November 05, 2007 06:54 PM

Reader Comments
# Stephan Segraves said:

I think the two directions you could go meld together fairly well and that going somewhere in the middle would probably be interesting and a good mix from the Yahoo side of things while being general.

On another note, I wish I would have known about this. I happen to be in Denver on business and it would have been a pleasure to meet you.

on November 5, 2007 08:07 PM
# epc said:

Maybe something on Pipes?

on November 5, 2007 08:43 PM
# Michelle Hedstrom said:

Hey Jeremy, drop me an email if you've got some time - we're out in Denver now. :)

on November 5, 2007 09:18 PM
# Aaron Schaub said:

I just had a similar discussion yesterday with someone at work. We were talking about Business Intelligence as the data that "You don't know you know" or useful data you have laying around unused.

It was a long discussion, but one conclusion we came to was that a search engine would be the ideal interface for business intelligence. They type in the general stuff they want to know about and the search engine gives them some related results. Depending on the data you've indexed, a BI search engine could definitely accelerate the "A-Ha!" process. "Local" search results could be departments or lines of business and maybe there could be an internal social network so that you can zero in on internal subject matter expertise.

Not sure if that's what you were looking for, but it seemed related.

on November 6, 2007 05:39 AM
# Geof F. Morris said:

I like the latter, but you are awful close to time right now. Good to meet you, albeit briefly.

on November 6, 2007 09:27 AM
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on November 6, 2007 11:22 AM
# Scott Fitchet said:

What exactly is the story behind the image in this post?

on November 6, 2007 11:27 AM
# Joseph Hunkins said:

Probably too late for advice, but if this is a mostly management/user crowd I'd think you'd talk generally about Yahoo's social stuff, blogging, etc. However if it's mostly developers I'd lay out all the great tools like pipes, and give examples of how they are bringing some organization to the big online mess many of us call home.

on November 6, 2007 12:50 PM
# Anon Coward said:

Please remove those awful double underline spamlinks. They really are horrendous.

on November 7, 2007 08:31 AM
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