Internet Evolution took a trip to the Web 2.0 Summit last week in San Francisco where the theme "Web Meets World" was addressed by an impressive speaker list ranging from social media executives to VCs and Oscar-winning former VPs. (Well. Just one.)
Sorry you couldn't be there. We missed you. Really. As did Jerry Yang, CEO of Yahoo Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO); Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook (Nasdaq: FB); Kevin Rose, founder of Digg; Evan Williams, CEO of Twitter; and Vice President Al Gore -- to name just a few.
Fortunately, we got it all on camera (the still kind). To check out our photos of the Summit and some candid shots of the high-level speakers for yourself, in real time (or the abbreviated type of real time where actual reality is captured in photos and served to you digitally a few days later), click the following links:
And, if you happened to miss any coverage from the Summit -- whether due to sheer apathy, short-term incarceration, or another unacceptable excuse of your choosing -- be sure to check out the following blogs:
I fail to see why anyone would be perplexed at the presence of Noble Prize-winning, Internet-embracing figure at a Web 2.0 confab, especially one who hopes that Web 2.0 can help promote the cause of saving the planet as we know it.
As for other celebrities, bring 'em on, I say. Web 2.0 is about mashups, wikis, group collaboration. The more the merrier is true to the spirit of this trend.
He's a celebrity... exactly. I mean, why was Lance Armstrong there? And Gavin Newsom, the mayor of San Francisco? (I'm still trying to figure this out.)
However, Big Al did start Current.tv, a digital media site that's supposed to bring the democracy of the Internet to television, or something fluffy like that. So aside from his having a hand in "inventing the Internet," he does have a present role in Web 2.0. But his main purpose for being there was to tell people to use Web 2.0 to rally around fixing the climate and get a couple of standing ovations.
Of course, we'd love for Gore to share his thoughts here with us directly on the ThinkerNet, but he's yet to accept our invitation.
LOL... I think the notion that Al Gore invented the Internet has been roundly debunked and ridiculed for what, eight years now? You're welcome to pile on here, but that idea is little more than a late night talkshow aside at this point.
Why put Al Gore on a podium at Web 2.0? You essentially answer that question yourself in your post: Celebrity. A Nobel prize will do that (whether or not you think he was worthy of it). While you're entitled to your visceral reaction to the personage of Al Gore, I'm actually a lot more curious about what you think about what he said at the conference.
I hope Web 2.0 does not end up being celebrity 2.0!!! Why put Algore on a podium in a web 2.0 summit? Is it base on the perceive general opinion that he invented the internet? I'm still finding it hard to substatiate Algore's role in promoting the internet and i'm looking forward to you throwing more light on this.
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