The nice thing about Web 2.0 is that it breaks down the barrier of time and space. You get to enjoy a great group of "peeps" that you might not ever meet in person but you feel as if you know them well.
Today was one of the chances that come along in our Web 2.0 world to close down the computer, turn off the cell phone and get to meet the people that you have made connections with on-line. Of course no one turned off their computer as everyone was "twittering" about the event, adding new friends on Facebook or uploading photos to Flickr.
Thanks to the great team at Fredericksburg Association of Realtors®, today was the Virginia REBar Camp. The fact that the event was held in Virginia didn't keep bloggers from coming from all across the country. There were famous and infamous faces but everyone felt welcome and the interaction was lively. There have been plenty of posts about other REBar Camps across the country but until you attend one you don't quite understand the concept.
Instead of a rigid agenda set by a faceless group of conference planners, the agenda is set by the participants at the beginning of the event. Have something to share? Then grab the pen and add it to a time slot. The agenda at each event held is going to be different based on who is participating. Not interested in a topic being offered in the main room? At today's seminar you could head to the computer lab and a variety of subjects were being examined in more detail.
REBar Camp may be designed around learning from your peeps but even more importantly it is the chance to spend time face to face with those you have come to know on-line. This is more than worth the price of admission......oh wait the event is free!
Photo of Daniel Rothamel (www.realestatezebra.com) and Todd Carpenter (NAR Social Media Manager)
If you missed the event keep an eye on the Danko Marketing site. They provided live streaming video and will upload the video for everyone to watch at a future date.