Random notes from Austin

1. This is America, we’re really in America not just a strange city in England that I’ve never been to before. And America and Americans really are different from us.

2. I am too much of a mimic, I nearly said “y’all” non-ironically and last night at dinner I asked for the “check”

3. You can choose to be seen or not seen here, since the convention centre is so huge – you can hide – or you can easily sit on one of the thoroughfares and someone interesting will walk past.

4. More than ever we (I) can’t get away with trying to sell premium stuff at the cutting edge. What people want right now, especially is how social media can help people get stuff done, even more so when the stuff you’re getting done is selling.

5. It’s cold here, it was supposed to get a bit warmer, but my weather widget still says 45 degrees.

6. We saw a bat on it’s own circling a lampost near 6th Street. We haven’t seen the bats properly since Tuesday night, I think it might be too cold for them.

7. I had a full-size American meal last night and I found it difficult to walk back to the hotel unaided. I then slept particularly well.

8. It’s the complementary stuff that really works. I wrote yesterday: ” Our experience has been that the most powerful uses of the social web have come where the technology has been used to complement and enrich existing face to face engagements. ” and incidentally where real-life stuff has been layered onto the technology plays.

9. I’m now in my first panel and treating it like a podcast or radio, it’s kind of on in the background, occasionally my ears will prick up but mostly I’m just letting it wash over me.