Goodbye SES San Jose

I’m packing my bags, to prepare for a flight tonight back to the east coast, after an enjoyable and educational week in San Jose at the Search Engine Strategies Conference.

The crew at Search Engine Roundtable, Barry, Ben, Lee, and Chris, have done a great job of providing information about the many sessions held over the four days of the conference, including a write up of the session I participated within.

I had a chance to talk with a good number of people during the conference, and really had a great time meeting folks, talking about some future plans of working together in one way or another in some instances, and sharing ideas about search and search engines, marketing, and the industry as a whole.

The sessions I attended were informative and inspirational, and I’m having difficulties deciding which I enjoyed the most. I did get a chance to go to some of the parties held in San Jose, including the Google Dance and Webmaster Radio’s SearchBlast.

I was invited by Adam Lasnik and Matt Cutts, of Google, to visit the Googleplex on Monday along with seventeen or eighteen other webmasters on Monday afternoon. While they had us sign a nondisclosure agreement regarding this gathering, I am able to talk about it in a general manner. We did get a chance to hold a conversation with a number of the folks at Google and share some ideas with them and some feedback on things that they are doing. We were also given a nice tour of parts of Google’s headquarters. It does look like a great place to be creative and productive.

It was a great show, and a great time, and I’m simultaneously exhausted from so much activity and enthusiastic from all of the great ideas and conversations floating around the show. I’ll be sharing some more about the conference after my flight and a little time to recuperate.

I also have some pictures of my visit to San Francisco and Sonoma Valley which I’ll post once I return home.

But now, I have to finish getting ready for my trip home. A huge thanks to the many people who made this a great journey.

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5 thoughts on “Goodbye SES San Jose”

  1. Bill, it’s great that BarryS and his team do let us lesser mortals know what’s going on. Apparently your session was very well received and Rand did a superb job at light speed. We all look forward to hearing more of the going-ons. Safe journey home.

    Barry

  2. Hey… what if I wanted to comment, but didn’t know how to add? LOL…

    It was great meeting you in person! I’m glad that I had the chance to speak with you at length about a whole bunch of random stuff. I hope you made it back home safe & sound and I can’t wait to meet up at the next conference! :P

  3. Hi Barry,

    The Search Algorithm session went really well, and I had a few people coming up to me throughout the rest of the conference who wanted to talk more about the presentation, or just say hi and give me some feedback (all positive :) ).

    CK,

    It was very nice meeting you. I’m thinking about replacing the comment filtering system sometime soon. I’d like to see some more of Akismet in action, so I may turn to that.

    Not quite home yet. But according to my plane ticket, I only have another 2606 miles to go. :)

  4. Hi Jean-Marie,

    It would be great to meet you at one of the SES conferences. I don’t know if you’ve been to one.

    There are some that are held in Europe, (including one in Paris soon) and I’d recommend contacting Danny Sullivan to see about speaking at the conference.

    It would be a good opportunity.

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