Tomorrow I head for DeFrag 2008. I'm using my personal funds and some of my remaining vacation to attend this conference. While you might find the fact that a corporate kind of guy is using personal time and money to attend this kind of conference ... consider this fact. Where do social media / networking tools start and stop? My wife and I often comment to each other that the boundary between work and leisure for someone like myself gets very fuzzy. I do not consider the uncertain boundary a negative situation; I like the intersection of the two worlds (work and leisure).
Even before the conference starts I will meet with Microsoft on collaboration tools for Outlook. It's hard to believe that my own efforts in this arena started only 30 months ago with MediaWiki and Moveable Type ... a clandestine skunk works on some old Dell desktops running mySQL. Today my company has a large Web 2.0 environment which includes blogs, wikis, discussion boards and social search ... which will be the focus of my presentation named social search in the corporate environment (day 1 - 2:30 pm). Stay tuned ... I'll blog my DeFrag impressions.