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Netroots Nation, Day 1, Morning Session

Reported by Ellen - July 17, 2008 -

Hi, everybody. In case anyone has been wondering where I’ve been this week, I’m in Austin for the Netroots Nation conference. The first thing I have noticed is how election-oriented this crowd seems.

It’s very exciting to be here, though it took me an extra 40 minutes to actually find the conference in the cavernous Austin Convention Center. The first thing I did when I got my registration packet was to suggest they put up signs!

After another unintentionally meandering trek to Ballroom E, I finally found the panel I was looking for, “The Tools: Online Social Network.” Maybe it was because I had missed so much of the beginning, but to be honest, I did not understand a lot of what was being discussed – and I’m usually the go-to gal in my circle when it comes to computerese.

The room seemed fuller than some of the other panels I passed on the way. Most, if not all, of the questions were about online social networking re campaigns, campaign events, voter registration, etc. I suspect that the upcoming election will be very much in focus here, maybe more so than blogging, which is probably how it should be. Sitting here at the tables in the back of the exhibit hall, I’m hearing lots of talk about Barack Obama, Democrats, electoral votes and strategies. I would not be surprised if there were more campaign workers than bloggers here.

Thanks so much to Priscilla for keeping an eye on Hannity & Colmes while I’m gone.

Bye for now.