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May 28, 2009

USS Nimitz Blogger Adventure - Night Before Dinner

Tonight we opened our USS Nimitz blogger adventure with a dinner. The surprising thing is that with a room full of high powered social media types, none of us went near our computers or smartphones during dinner.

Good to know that live discussions are not dead.

Except we did talk about various types of social media including Twitter, Facebook, Friendfeed and Alltop - but not about blogging. The new focus is about sharing information with your community and filtering your own information to keep track of what is most important.

We also asked questions about the USS Nimitz and heard about the interest that the Navy has in bridging the needs of those on the ship to communicate with the outside world. We will be learning lots more tomorrow. We will all be offline <shriek> during our time on the USS Nimitz -but will report back with our fun and excitement went we return.

Or as Andy Sernovitz said, when we return from our mission.


This is a picture of our lead blogger and organizer for this trip Guy Kawasaki sitting next to Robert Scoble. Both had lots of interesting things to say, but I don't need to repeat any of it. They do quite a good job of communicating on their own with Twitter and Friendfeed! Robert's wife Maryam and their son also joined us for dinner.


Andy Sernovitz is sitting next to  Charlene Li.  Charlene Li and I flew from San Francisco together, and she shared lots of great insight on Leadership and family management. I took copious mental notes about the family management and am sure my three boys will be thrilled to hear the new rules when I return.


Bill Reichert with Guy Kawasaki

Dennis Hall (organizer of the event with Guy Kawasaki)  is standing next to Lieutenant Commander Charlie Brown, Public Affairs Director for the Commander - Naval Air Forces - Pacific (COMNAVAIRPAC) who invited us all. Jenny Lawson and Jennifer Van Grove were sitting next to the Lieutenant. Pamela Slim was across the way but had to go to an event for her book. Jenny Lawson is as funny in person as she is in her blog, and Jennifer Van Grove was humble about the blog she is a Co-Editor of (none other then the top site "Mashable").


Robert Scoble sitting next to Captain (Mr.) Carroll LeFon, USN (ret.).


I (Beth Blecherman) am sitting next to the birthday girl Jennifer Jones (today is her birthday).


Best of all, after admiring the beautiful necklace worn by Jennifer Leo she told us it is really a teething ring for her 6 month old. Fashion meets functionality...


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