Attending Wordcamp 2006 and SES San Jose 2006

One of the things that I don’t get to do on the east coast of the United States is to go to some of the more spontaneous events happening in the world of the Internet and web development.

But, after a red-eye flight to the west coast ending yesterday at the San Francisco Airport around noon, I find myself with the luxury of signing up for WordCamp 2006. This is a day long conference for users and developers of wordpress software, which happens tomorrow, Saturday – August 5th, 2006, from 9 AM – 6 PM, with a 8:30 PM after-party. The location is the Swedish American Hall, San Francisco CA. The conference is free, and it could be fun to have the ability to provide some input into the future growth of wordpress. There’s a big list of suggested sessions, and it should be fun to discuss many of those topics with people who are passionate on the subect.

I’ll be in San Jose next week at the Search Engine Strategies Conference, speaking on Tuesday afternoon alongside Rand Fishkin of Seomoz and Jon Glick of, in a presentation on Search Algorithm Research.

My part of the presentation will be focusing upon how the analysis of queries from users is playing a stronger role in what the search engines serve, how they collect information from users, and how they could expand their personalization efforts by looking at information outside of the interaction they have with their users.

Speaking of the presentation, I started searching at the patent applications that came out this week, and in my sleep deprived state, I didn’t get past the first one I found. Surprisingly, it reminds me a lot of my presentation topic. Could this be the future of search engines:

Methods and apparatus for using personal background data to improve the organization of documents retrieved in response to a search query

I’d dig more into it, but I’m heading out to try to take a ferry ride around the San Francisco Bay, and tour Sonoma Valley a little. If you’re in the San Jose area, and want to meet sometime next week, send me an email, and we’ll see if we can find a time and place.


Author: Bill Slawski

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