If you—like I—missed the KATU Portland-blogger meetup, don’t despair, gentle reader. We all know that actually attending events falls a distant second behind reading about those events in other people’s blogs.
So, here’s a smattering of the coverage from the Portland blogging crowd:
- [UPDATE] Official Roundup from Brian Westbroook
- Flickr photos tagged “KATUmeetup”
- Winner (so far) of Most Detailed Recap: KATU Blogger Meetup, The Incriminating Evidence
“I’m glad I went. It was a real positive experience, not only getting to see the inside of a TV studio building that gave me a lot of the broadcasts on which I was raised, but just seeing what was where and getting an idea of how a television station works (a lifelong desire of mine), but getting to know the IRL faces of the people I read regularly (I already mentioned a few; I was able to thank LynnS at Oregon Media Insiders for the fine job she does).Very few people looked like I thought they would, FWIW.”
- KATU linky love
“Blogging in Portland has certainly changed. Of the bunches of attendees who RSVPd for tonights. KATU blogger meetup, I know…one. Two, if JD decides to stop by.”
- Mercury Parking Lot Foursquare A Raging Success
“Thanks to all you local bloggers who showed up to play Foursquare in our parking lot this afternoon, before heading off to Katu’s so-called “blogger meet-up.” You know who you are. No, really. You know who you are. Because there were only three of you.”
- KATU Is My New Best Friend
“See, the Merc was my best friend when they bought me a chai and sent me a get well card. But now, KATU tried to get me drunk and fed me really good food and gave me a Rockstar and a thumb drive.”
- And now for an update….
“The KATU blogger meetup was a good time. I think some of us were apprehensive about the event wondering if Chris Hanson would show up to ‘catch a blogger.'”
- [pdx] KATU Puts On a Fine Show
“Regardless of what anyone might feel about on-air talent, the KATU news anchors were the very definition of affable. Incrediby nice and friendly people. I was pleased to meet Rod Hill and Debra Knapp–just missed meeting Steve Dunn–and they were just the sweetest people. It was uncanny the way Rod Hill could just pick up a conversation with you talk with you.”
- A Totally Awkward Probably Not Fun Time
“I got invited, even though I don’t really think of myself as much of a blogger (I was attracted to this format mostly because of the ease of organizing categories).”
- Local bloggers mingle at the KATU News studios
“Yours truly was in attendance and even I (an admitted introvert, wallflower and altogether socially inept person) had a good time. Although I didn’t get around to meeting a lot of the bloggers (again… introvert here), I did actually talk with a few interesting folks. I was also quite surprised, and of course very flattered, when one of them recognized me from the picture on my blog’s home page. “
- Bloggers meet in Portland
“Like other smart local media outlets, KATU-TV has taken a position of embracing the personal media revolution in its community. This isn’t easy for TV stations, but it’s an important first step in participating in the conversation — the buzz — that is the cyberspace community. I don’t see how media companies will be relevant in the years to come without taking this step.”
- Portland Blogger Meetup
“I was impressed with the amount of creative work that went into the meetup by KATU. They created a great logo and then splashed that across all of their materials – the signage pointing bloggers into the station, the name tags, and even in these fun little goody-bags that everyone received as a parting gift. Some poor intern probably went to great effort to unwrap candy bars and re-wrap them with their fun logo – a nice touch. Thanks go to the intern!”
- KATU says, Hey Blogger
“Surprising to all in attendance, last night’s event was actually a great deal of fun. We got a tour of all two rooms of KATU’s building, I rested my bummy arse on the anchors’ desk, and we took a group photo (followed up, of course, by a group hug…not really, but one would have been nice). Free finger food, wine and a keg of local brew (Widmer Bros. ) definitely performed the task of social lubricant, as I’m sure was intended.”
- Free beer for bloggers, but why?
“About 70 of us stood around nibbling finger food, drinking wine and beer and talking blogger talk. I was probably the oldest blogger in the room, but no one called me “sir.” When I told them about The Red Electric and showed them my card, several actually said, ‘Cool!'”
- KATU blogger meetup
“I think I went expecting to discover some evil master plan, or causes mischief, as well as to meet some of the faces of people I know online, but have never met in person.”
- I fellate the KATU blogger meetup
“Well, in spite of the fact that I wasn’t invited by KATU (which I was told paid a contractor $10,000 to read OrBlogs and create an invitation list that somehow excluded me!!!) I WAS invited by Drew to attend the KATU blogger meet-up and I’m SO glad I went because I met and got to hang out with some really charming people. I’m going to express my gratitude by actually blogging about the event, because I assume that was the point … (Wait, what WAS the point?)”
Did I miss your entry? If so, it was a nod to the oversights of the original invite. But feel free to link it up in the comments.
As I mentioned earlier, Portland-based SplashCast has been working on a new player. It was supposed to launch tomorrow. Well, SplashCast has launched its new player, early.
The new player offers a number of new features, including inline commenting—allowing comments in text, video, or audio—with simple moderation tools for the publisher.
Most impressive in my book? The attention paid to the new UI. The new player is a huge step forward for SplashCast in terms of look and feel and, hopefully, usability. The previous SplashCast control icons have been abandoned in favor of more intuitive—and clean—media controls.
For more information on the new release or to get a look at the new player, see the SplashCast blog.
Additional coverage in Mashable.
Just a reminder that the KATU Portland-blogger meetup, previously discussed here, is happening tonight.
KATU Channel 2 Studios
2153 NE Sandy Blvd.
While the initial reception was mixed, as of this posting, more than 90 people are planning to attend.
If you happen to go and blog about it, stop back by and drop a link. If enough people post, I’ll post a round-up of the feedback on the event.
Same goes for four-square at the Portland Mercury. Word around the campfire is that this will be the most blogged about game of four-square, ever.
Portland-based Grabb.it has announced the release of a site-wide aggregator.
The new service is designed to combine all of the blog posts from Grabb.it users, delivering them in one stream. In so doing, it provides an interesting vantage point for monitoring what’s happening in the world of online MP3s.
Interested? Take a look at the Grabb.it’s activity stream.
Portland-based JainRain has announced that the OpenID Authentication 2.0 Draft 12 is now available.
What’s this mean to you?
In the next month, we’d like to see implementers update their libraries or applications to be draft 12 compliant and perform interoperability testing. Once this period is over (October 1st), we should call the specification final, pending final IPR clearance from contributors. If we have IPR clearance by that point, we can call the spec final on October 1st.
Interested in participating? Have questions? Check out the OpenID channel on Pibb.
The Portland PHP users group, pdxphp, has scheduled its next meeting for September 11 at CubeSpace. The topic? Implementing Rails concepts with PHP.
The meeting begins at 6:30.
The Portland PHP Users Group is a community forum for people to share, meet and learn about PHP and Open Source technologies. The group strives to be a valuable resource for anyone interested in PHP regardless of their skill level or background. Through sharing and communication we believe we can foster a creative and successful community of PHP developers.
For more information, stay tuned to the pdxphp site.
We’ve got another swanky get together for you to add to your social calendar. We know people. What can we say?
Jive Software has plans to launch a new version of its Clearspace product. And, you’re invited to get an early glimpse of it.
Plus, free food and drinks. Oh, and the option to blog about the new features two days prior to the official release.
Jive is releasing a new version of Clearspace with what we think are some really cool improvements on Thursday, September 13th. We thought it might be fun to invite the Portland blogging, podcasting, and influencer community in for a sneak peak. Everyone is welcome to attend!
For more information, see the Upcoming page for the event or the Fast Wonder blog.
Josh Bancroft, an admitted domain-name-aholic and well known Portland-area blogger, is offering a few of his registered domains to good homes. All it takes is a good idea:
That’s where you come in. If you’re interested in one of the domains below, and have a good idea for something to do with it (basically, NO SPAMMERS!), post a comment telling me which one you want, and what you’d like to do with it, and it’s yours. If multiple people are interested in the same name, then I’ll decide which idea I like best. Oh, and I can be persuaded with cool gadgets or cash, if you’re so inclined.
Interested in seeing what’s available or maybe trying to adopt one of these domains? Visit Josh Bancroft’s Tiny Screenfuls blog.
Portland-based Attensa and Bay-area Kapow Technologies will be co-hosting a Webinar on September 6, Attensa’s blog announced today. And it will be bright and early for you late-night coder types:
On September 6th at 8:30 am PDT see Kapow’s Mashup Server and the Attensa Feed Server in action and join the conversation between Stefan Andreasen, Kapow’s CTO and Charlie Davidson, Attensa’s CEO as they discuss and demonstrate the ability to create feeds from any web based source using the Kapow Mashup Server and channel role based feeds to specific users and groups across the enterprise with the Attensa Feed Server.
This is part of Kapow’s Mashup series. You can register to attend the event on Kapow’s site.
By intelligently analyzing information about RSS articles and how readers are interacting with the articles, the Attensa RSS network can deliver more relevant, timely information individuals on the devices they choose and businesses can take advantage of RSS technology to streamline communication with employees, partners and customers.
For more information, visit the Attensa site.
[NOTE: In related news, former Portland-area exec John Cimral has recently been named CEO of Kapow.]
YourList, a recently launched classified service headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon, is the latest offering to take on mainstream media classified ads. Oh, and a little Web site called craigslist.
Charlie Parks, CEO of YourList, recently sat down with Northwest Innovation for an interview, discussing YourList and its place in the crowded classified ad market:
[Charlie Parks:] No question that the online classifieds space is crowded right now. A lot of companies are trying to offer a different take on the established Web sites. There is a lot attention on the industry and new sites keep coming out with different business models as they compete for market share. We’ve spent the last couple of years studying the sector and believe there is a lot more room for growth –if you pay attention to the needs of the online consumer.
To read the full interview, visit Northwest Innovation.