Here are my impressions of three different â€śReal Estate 2.0â€ť conferences I attended this year (also see my chart below):
Inman Real Estate Connect, July 2008 â€“ Traditional industry leaders meet Real Estate 2.0 with Brad Inman. Well positioned in both worlds to balance the twain.
REBarCamp, July 2008 â€“ â€śWisdom of Crowdsâ€ť perspective. Topics tend to diverge suddenly when others take the floor.
RETechSouth, March 2008 â€“ Exclusively Real Estate 2.0, a blogger meet and greet. Best idea generating discussions went over newbie heads.
Inman Real Estate Connect â€“ Well versed in Web 2.0 and can understand where the conversations need to be headed. I generally donâ€™t like moderators who ask too specific questions, panelists want to discuss issues they understand without waiting for the question.
REBarCamp â€“ Although I only participated in two discussions, the â€śone (amateur) moderatorâ€ť format makes it hard to control the convo. The standard â€śTalking Headsâ€ť panel method does insure consistent focus on the topic at hand.
RETechSouth â€“ Due to smaller size of conference (120 or so) the dialogue between the audience and Talking Heads provided its own form of moderation. Vibrant discussions as audience members stood in on panel.
Inman Real Estate Connect â€“ Nice hotel, great meeting place in the restaurant. A lot of Inman is roaming the halls, so itâ€™s perfect for business.
REBarCamp â€“ Note for next BarCamps and Unconferences â€“ more meeting rooms. Day before Inman so everybody was in a joyful meet and greet mode. Should become a pre-conference tradition.
RETechSouth â€“ Tangible vibe of â€śwe did this togetherâ€ť. Small group provided a camaraderie that larger conferences lack.
Inman Real Estate Connect â€“ Notable this year was the exhaustion of the real estate community with Real Estate 2.0 and online marketing. Itâ€™s overwhelming because itâ€™s progressing so quicklyâ€¦ and thereâ€™s a sense of being left behind. I think itâ€™s a natural reaction to try to slow the Web 2.0 machine down by insisting on going back to basics, butâ€¦ the bullet train has left the station.
REBarCamp â€“ The blogging community continues to grow larger with each conference. What started with about 150 at the first Inman Bloggers Connect in 2007 seemed to double this year (not sure what the #s are). REBarCamp is an extension of and integral with Bloggers Connect. Really impressive was the national organization teamâ€¦ kudos!
RETechSouth â€“ Set up in about three weeks, it proved a major conference can be doneâ€¦ in three weeks. Itâ€™s now an Atlanta tradition.