Tech Post: Washington's Two-Party System Video

On Friday, we wrote about two very different parts of the Washington technology scene -- the annual "Hot Ticket" party hosted by the Northern Virginia Technology Council and a social media party at a Connecticut Avenue club.

Here's a video about the events:

iStrategy Labs has video and comments on the social media party on its site.

By Zachary Goldfarb  |  June 30, 2008; 1:00 PM ET
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The interesting thing about this video is that it showed the intense energy of the DC-area social media scene. A large portion of the party attendees were connected through a different sort of organizing tool than the (very well-established) NVTC organization: Twitter. I talked to so many people who had been following other party attendees on Twitter and other social media sites for months. At the party, they were able to put physical bodies and faces to profiles and tweets. I think this element -- the thought that so many of these people were connected in very intimate ways online but were only just getting to know each other offline -- added to that energy.

Posted by: JBG | June 30, 2008 4:00 PM

@JBG You hit the nail on the head. Most of these events are fueled by months - if not years - of communication between people who have never met before, have used online communications tools to become virtual friends, and for the first time are meeting in person.

This crowd is also insanely busy; growing companies, launch brands, building communities, and pushing the limits of what tech can when they get a chance to meet-up it's a veritable love-fest. No one ever wants to leave the party!

@Zack - i like your clearly shows the difference between the two tech communities here in DC. There is a huge amount each group can learn from one another and I'm sure we'll figure out a way to get everyone together sooner rather than later. When we I'm sure 10 new startups will launch out of that meeting of the minds at least!

Peter Corbett

Posted by: Peter Corbett | June 30, 2008 5:53 PM

Zach -- good video and interesting take on the differences. NVTC throws great parties, but their events are often lots of service providers looking for clients. (spoken as a service provider)

The new media crowd has a different vibe, with a lot of enthusiasm and a collaborative feel noted by the two other posters. The two areas will eventually come together, because recently companies have begun devoting budget to social media. It's not a "nice to have" any longer.

BTW I blogged on the 1223 event, unfortunately left before I met Scoble -- although he "liked" my post on FriendFeed.

Posted by: Chris Parente | July 6, 2008 7:18 PM

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