SES NYC 2005 Over

Mar 3, 2005 • 4:36 pm | comments (5) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Search Engine Strategies 2005 New York

The conference is over, it was long but good. I'll probably write a recap. To be honest, its getting more tiring. Not because of the sessions, but between the sessions.

For some reason, the public relations people at the search companies feel that bloggers are important. I tell them we are not, but they don't care.

Due to this, the breaks between sessions for me are a bit like this:

(1) I leave the session right before the Q & A (I used to write on the Q&A portions as well). (2) I run to the official press room (used to be a speaker/press room, which I named the blog room, in chicago). (3) I pray that the Internet is working and then post my notes. (4) Then go to a scheduled or unscheduled meet with someone from Overture, Ask Jeeves, Google and Yahoo! (5) Run from the meet to a session. (6) Takes notes (7) Start over again from step 1.

But I got to spend some quality time with people like Jim Lanzone from Ask Jeeves, Matt Cutts from Google, some Overture people, of course Yahoo!'s Tim Mayer and (I am a huge fan of) Aaron Ferstman (the Yahoo PR guy for this area).

Today at lunch, I sat with Danny Sullivan, Chris Sherman and Matt Cutts. Matt told us how to get out of the sandbox, of course I am kidding. I had coffee with Jim from Ask. Overture took Ben and I out for lunch. But Tim and I could not connect for more then 5 minutes, but I spoke with Aaron a bunch.

Some of the forum folks there included: Danny, Elisabeth, Webby, Phoenix, Egol, Randfish, Nacho, Orion, Mike Grehan, Joseph Morin, Jill Whalen, Scottie, Christine Churchill, Kim Krause (cre8pc), Bill S. (bragadocchio), bradbyrd, Mikkel, Andrew Goodman, Dan Thies, Detlev, I am sure I left some people out - sorry if it was you. Feel free to comment.

Of course, I saw some of my favorite 'spammers' (not all spammers but they are in that clique) as well: Greg Boser (WG), Todd (Oilman), Daron (SEGuru), Jake (BakedJake), and I am sure I left some spammer's names out.

Oh, there were plenty of white hatters like Shari Thurow, Heather Lloyd-Martin, Jill Whalen, etc.

Others, Amanda Watlington, Bill Hunt, Bryan & Jeff Eisenberg, Brett Crosby (Urchin, best analytics), Bruce Clay (wait I didn't see him this time), Andy Beal (respect a ton), and others...

Again, sorry if I left anyone out. As Nacho says, he considers SES events like going to Disneyland.

I'll write an official article on this event some time in the future, I hope.

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Loren Baker

03/04/2005 01:06 am

Barry, it was good to meet you at SES and I'm most impressed by your coverage. I tried it for one day and am now suffering from blistered fingers. See you in the press rooms, Loren

Kim Krause Berg

03/04/2005 01:27 am

I, too, enjoyed meeting you. Not only that, but you were one of the persons who made me feel welcome. Being my first SES, I had no idea what to expect. I appreciate your kindness and the many times you stopped running long enough to introduce me to someone :)

Barry Schwartz

03/04/2005 02:19 am

Loren, I knew I forgot at least one name. And I saw you at least 5 times. It was great meeting you as well. Kim, you feel like an old time friend and I never met you before until today. It was an honor to show you around and introduce you to some folks. It is the least I can do. It was wonderful meeting your husband as well.


03/04/2005 04:42 am

Yeah, Kim's a sweetheart - it's amazing to me that all the people who are so nice online are nice in real life too - incredible.

Tom N

03/04/2005 07:05 am

said it once but THANKs again! Tremendous notes! I used to go (and wish I still could) to the Berkshire Hathaway annual meetings. The knowledge shared by Warrren Buffett and Charlie Munger on diverse subjects is staggering. Yet, because of their way of speach and the complexity of their subjects, only a truly great reporter can truly convey their drift...they love analogy and hypothetical situations to demonstrate a truly present and unhypothetical risk. Well, can't say I heard your speakers, but I have read other accounts. I do believe that your reporting seems to grasp the more complex situations (more important than particulars) that the speakers wanted to emphasize. Than you! Tom Norian

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