I'm surprised more people don't start things. Internet things. New ideas. New opportunities. New websites.
There are a lot of super-smart people in New Zealand. Super-smart designers, developers and business people working hard to maintain the status-quo.
We can do more.
I don't usually go to conferences. Webstock 2012 was not only my first Webstock, but the first conference I've paid to attend.
It was great.
Above all else, Webstock does a brilliant job of inspiring you to do great work. The event itself is run to a super-high standard which infects and inspires both the speakers and the attendees. It sets the stage for brilliance. The execution of the basics is world class on every level. The web site, the communication with attendees, the programme, the ID tags, the goodie bag, the venue, the graphics to introduce the speakers, the guest speakers, and of course the all-important after party. Every detail was thought through and highly polished and it motivated everyone to step up.
The 40 Hour Famine has moved into the 21st century and delivered a master class on how to set goals and achieve them.
Door knocking for sponsors? Gone. Hand-written sponsorship booklets? Gone. Collecting your earnings? Yup, that's gone too.
Replacing all of that is your own personal web page that proudly displays exactly how much money you're aiming to raise. Friends and family can see your goal, and sharing the link via email, Facebook and Twitter makes getting the word out easier than ever. Payments are collected online and sponsors and would-be sponsors can track your progress in real time. Brilliant.
Today Facebook revamped the commenting plugin and I've decided to give it a whirl.
I was forced to delete my existing seven (!) comments to make way for the new system, but I'm keen to jump in and see what it's all about. Who knows, maybe we'll look at adding more social plugins to Mighty Ape in the future.
Ignoring some minor visual tweaks, the plugin only took a few minutes to implement.