I just completed my kickoff keynote at the ALI Social Media in Government conference. Attendance was better by 50% than it was last year. I don't think that had much to do with my participation so much as it has to do with the relentless advance of social media itself.
The room was filled with about 125 people, mid-level professionals in government. Like people I meet in enterprise environments, they are working the problem of social media, people trying to figure out how to convince decision-makers that relinquishing control to your constituencies is a good thing, that listening to irate comments will diminish them.
These were real people doing real jobs, some of them with a fair amount of passion.
Now, I pack and head to SNCR's Symposium in Boston, where I address an entirely different audience with Mike Prosceno of SAP. We will be discussing the SAP Survey, which I have been publishing here. The Symposium is primarily about research, and how the SAP research was conducted will hopefully be of interest.