A picture of people waiting to get into the Digg party as I was leaving @ 3am.
The Digg party was nuts. By far the best part I attended at SXSWi. Most of the people were super friendly. However there was one gentleman that harassed me for wearing Gary Vaynerchuk’s Wine Library TV wrist band. Not gonna get into it, but I think he was upset he didn’t have one. Haters…
Tons of SXSW ballers were in attendance. The one person I wish showed up: DYKC. I know you had to hold strong but it would have been nice to hang once more before parting ways.
Towards the end of my night around 3am, the party definitely started to get seedy, there were definitely some interesting folks there, check these two videos here and here to see what I’m talking about.
How did my night end? Lets just say it was an extremely unexpected ending to a surprising evening.
Oh, and a shout out to Mark Cuban who was strolling through the party at 3am. WTF?
I had the luxuxy of attending a panel Guy (blog here) moderated at SXSWi 2008. The panel was called ‘True Stories from Social Media Sites‘ and the introduction can be viewed here. Great panel, with some great information. But without Guy it wouldn’t have been nearly as compelling and entertaining. There is something about his public speaking / moderating / interviewing style which is such a joy to watch. He’s blunt, to the point and doesn’t feed into bullshit. To see this in full effect check out the his interview of Steve Ballmer from MIX ’08. If you really want to be nasty, contrast that interview with the Sarah Lacy interview of Mark Zuckerberg.
After the Social Media Panel ended, I approached Guy and asked him why he wasn’t the interviewer for the Mark Zuckerberg interview. He replied “They never asked me”. Well they for damn sure should have.
The facebook friends.get party was pretty wild. But lets hold off for a second. The night started off at the “Rock Bands Rock Opera” Party. Only stayed long enough to pound 1 beer, then headed off to the Next New Networks party; which rocked!The open bar top shelf aspect definitely fueled the fire, and the rockin’ live music, provided by Brenn and the Vettes, topped it all off. Check out this sick HD performance recorded by my man DYKC here. Ok, so one real quick story: Danny and I ran into someone at the bar, who at the time we didn’t know was iJustine. I took a picture of her holding her Junior Mints Lunchbox and only later upon showing people the picture were they like “Dude awesome picture of iJustine” RIGHT ON! Anyways, Danny was in rare form that night and proceeded to take/borrow this gift wrapped box Justine was carrying and refused to give it back. She finally got frustrated, told him to keep the gift, and left. Jusine if your reading this I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive Danny, he is one hell-of-person with a heart of gold. On this particular night the evil bartender kept feeding Danny jagermeister and it was this jagermeister that got the best of him. As for the giftwrapped box… No Idea.