Users, BloggerCon, UserLand

Back in the 00s we had a series of conferences called BloggerCon.
There were a lot of new things about this series, one of them was they were user conferences.
Tech companies could sponsor if they wanted, but they didn’t get anything in return other than thanks.
We didn’t get any sponsors for the first one, but after that, sponsors saw that the thanks was worth enough to want to help.
So what does it mean to be a user conference?
It means that the interests we rep are those of the users.
So if you had a users conference for journalism, the journalists could come, and they could speak, but only as users of news. They couldn’t talk about problems they have being journalists, which is 100 percent of what happens at journalism conferences. There needs to be room for the users, somewhere to get together and decide what they want

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