I’m proposing a status in social media panel for SXSW Interactive 2008 (I spoke at 2007 and had a ball). Here’s my 50-word summary:
“I’m Internet Famous”: Status in Social Media
Do technologists focus on what’s cool, rather than what’s useful? Does geek chic create an echo chamber? Is Web 2.0 an insider’s game? This session explores status symbols in social media worlds (online reputation, net.celebrity, elite conferences, beta invites), inviting critical thinking about status, class, and elitism.
Right now I’m thinking I’d ideally have the following panelists:
- Someone from a super-trendy startup like Pownce, Twitter, I’mInLikeWithYou
- Someone who works for a very successful “outsider” company – something that’s not considered cool, but makes money from social media
- Someone who organizes/attended/attends foocamp, TED, eTech, etc.
- Academics working on internet memes, reputation mechanisms, eBay, “friending” strategies
- An actual “internet celebrity”
- Members of particular communities that have specific types of status mechanisms, such as warez, crafting, fandom, etc. who can talk about those in depth
If you fall into any of these categories, or have a suggestion for someone who does, please post in the comments!