As I post this, the gang still in Liverpool are still enjoying day 2 of Katz's fabulous Btween Conference.
I did the keynote yesterday morning (less a speech than an experience, I hope) – here's the lovely Alfie taking part in a keynote (as opposed to listening to one)
While everyone seems to get the point about copying and following others, what struck me (as with comments in the blogosphere from folks like Jon and Seth) was how often people looked to the fat (Seth's 3rd) guy. He's the missing link they say, between early adopter/innovator and mass.
I disagree: while the 3rd (or 5th or whatever) guy is important in retrospect (he turns out to have been the 3rd or fourth or whatever), he's not really that significant; I think the important stuff to watch is how the sight of other folk getting so excited about joining in makes other observers.
In other words, its the easily-influenced and not the influential that matters. Worth remembering, I reckon…
Well done, Katz and all the Btweeners. Best conference I've been to this year. I learned heaps and – let's be honest, such lovely, lively and interesting folk. Roll on next year!