REBarCamp San Diego was a Huge Success!
Well over 400 particpants converged at the downtown San Diego location of the world famous Stingaree NightClub, hosted by Jim Marks, NAR, Zillow and countless others, the REBarCampSD kicked off yesterday morning at 8:30Am and ended with a party llike reception outside on the rooftop under the stars of the Stingareee Nightclub. This Venue I am told may be one of the most outstanding ever to host the BARCamp events.
What an extraordinary experience!
"Attendees don't just watch a set list of speakers. They give their own talks. Podcasting. Web standards. Microformats. Gum stick computers. Physical security. Robotics. Evolutionary algorithms. It can be anything. One of the best barcamp presentations ever given was about sandwiches. Barcamp is what you make of it." a quote taken from the REBar Camp site.
Topics today included the "Importance of and increasing SEO for your website" presented by Drew Meyers ( Zillow ) through topics on "Blogging" , by Jay Thompson and Kris Berg ( PhoenixRealEstateGuy.com and SanDiegoCastles.com) "Marketing properties with Photos "," Syndication of the WordPress platform, Social Networks and guidelines for maximizing your experience," Introducing Posterous.com", presented by Eric Stegemann. All the social network gurus were there to help each us learn the many ways to interact and build and establish relationships. Social Networks are about Relationship Building. There were experienced "REO Specialists" conducting discussions on the "future and explosion of REO's", "ShortSale Specialist Experiences", and "How to convert Online Consumer Leads" by Bob Wilson. There are too many topics to name all of them but certainly all of the many remarkable topics had presenters giving of their time to help each of us participating to always have the best online experience.
There were 3 levels of areas at the venue ( 12 specific and named areas ) used throughout the venue creating 12 simultaneous classrooms, that changed topics every 30 minutes. The sessions involved a presenter that guided the full participation of each and every attendee. As they say, " This is not a spectator sport". To maximize your shared knowledge and experiences, everyone was encouraged not to just attend but to actively participate.
Some of us knew each other well on line and today many of us from ActiveRain, Facebook,Twitter, Linked In, met in person for the first time. I guess you can just imagine how incredible that was.
What an amazing event and I was overwhelmed with the outpouring for friendship and sharing at this most amazing experience. If you think life changing might be too strong a word for this experience , then you weren't there but you were missed!