FuturePlay is a great event, and I know I always have a great time meeting new people, be they academics or industry types. One of the greatest things about FP (and frankly any other conference) is the social part. You meet new people, you end up going for a beer or a coffee, you go for dinner, or you just hang out between sessions.
OK, so it is social too, let's use this whole new fangled web 2.0 to be more social. How you might ask.. Well, I have learned a few things from some buddies of mine at events like Podcasters Across Borders, Podcamps, Barcamps etc. First off we have twitter. Let's twitter where we are going for a beer, where we are hanging out, or even just simple things like 'I want to go for dinner in Chinatown, anyone interested?' On twitter I am dbrodbeck So we can track tweets from each other, why don't we put FP07 at the start of each post?
I have the same name on Pownce (which has the added bonus of file sharing and friends lists).
We have a facebook group (two actually..) so feel free to post on the wall there or start some threads.
Another cool thing to do is to upload your pics to flickr and your vids to youtube. Please add the tag FuturePlay2007 to all pictures and videos from the conference. Oh yeah, if you are blogging or podcasting from the conference or about it, add that same tag.
As it has been said before, welcome to the social, and let's have a great conference.