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Summary of Virtual Handshake Conference, 12/1-2/2005

Chairing last week’s Virtual Handshake conference, “Beyond Blogs and Social Networks: How the Virtual Handshake and Consumer Generated Media Will Make or Break Your Business” was an honor and a pleasure.

I’d like to thank Stuart Williams, Ali Curi, and Don Friedman of the Strategic Research Institute for making the conference happen.

For those of you that did not attend, you can get a feel for the event by looking at all the blog posts at for December 1st and 2nd, 2005. I have also included links to the slides that were presented, in those cases where I had access to them.

You can download my two keynotes here:

  • Introduction to Social Software. What is it? Who are some of the major players?
  • Your Life is Online…Now What? Social and business implications of the growth of social software.
  • Following are the key blog posts: Managing Relationships with Influencer Bloggers Panel: New Trends in RSS Anne Berkowitch, cofounder and CEO, SelectMinds Geoff Hyatt, CEO, Contact Network Corporation Glenn Gutmacher, Microsoft, on Recruiting with Online Networks Marty Schwimmer on Marketing to Large Corporations with a Blog Sanford Dickert: Blogging for Business Performance Larry Bodine on Marketing with Blogs Steven Cohen, Senior Librarian , Pubsub, on Real-Time Web Search Monitoring Real-Time Consumer-Generated Media Corporate Blogging-Real World Success Stories MediaBistro and GoBigNetwork CEOs on Online Social Networks Dan Burstein on Blogging Michael Wing, IBM, on Corporate Blogging and Jamming Rob Key, CEO Converseon, on Consumer-Generated Media Steve Rubel on Blogs/Consumer Generated Media Notes from today’s Virtual Handshake conference: Jonathan Carson, Buzzmetrics We hope to host a similar event next year, and very much hope that all of you can attend again! We welcome your suggestions for speakers, topics, and other ways in which to make the conference as valuable as possible.

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