I attended WordCamp SF for the first time in 2009. There was some exciting news at the camp, especially with the news that WordPress MU functionality is going to get integrated with WordPress. This will be nice considering updates for WordPress MU are usually a month or so behind. What will this mean? Hopefully, it will bring a larger community in maintaining and adding new plugins for WordPress (MU). The question will be whether it will be easy to convert an existing WordPress MU install over to the new WordPress. (Possibly WordPress 3.0?)
Highlights of the conference:
Timothy Ferriss, nominated as one of Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Business People of 2007,” is an angel investor and author of the #1 New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and BusinessWeek bestseller, The 4-Hour Workweek, which has been sold into 35 languages. He had a lot of good points on tweaking blogs to reach a larger audience.
WordPress gear! I plan on sending out some stickers and buttons I got at the conference.. stay tuned.
BuddyPress There’s a lot of potential with the community aspect of blogs. I’m hoping this functionality will be integrated with WordPress MU.
Community Speakers and Authors: http://2009.sf.wordcamp.org/speakers/#chris Chris Pirillo is an excellent speaker, had a lot of interesting points about the importance of the community.
http://2009.sf.wordcamp.org/speakers/#tara Tara Hunt’s book about the value of building community vs. buying a community.
http://2009.sf.wordcamp.org/speakers/#cali Cali Lewis (GeekBrief.TV) talked about building an interactive audience. Learned a lot about the challenges of video vs. audio cast.
Last but not least, the community! It was great meeting everyone at the after party.
More info about the upcoming merge with WordPress MU and WordPress (see the comments below the post)