Coming to Silicon Valley is always a good excuse to throw a party. Last time I came, Kara Swisher and Megan Smith hosted the party at their house and it was great. (Thanks again Kara and Megan!) This time, I decided that I should probably invite more people so we had it at a restaurant called Zibibbo in Palo Alto.
I think about 150 people showed up. The criteria for invitation was that I invited old friends, friends who came to the spectrum conference at Stanford and new friends I have met over my blog. People were also allowed to invite their friends. Interestingly, 150 is the magic number from The Tipping Point of how many people you can have a real social relationship with...
Anyway, it turned into a great party because not only did many of my old friends and new friends show up, but I made even more friends because everyone brought their friends. So... where do I put all of these new friends?
I just revamped my blogroll. I dumped blogs which were not being updated frequently, blogs I wasn't reading and obvious sites that I don't have a personal relationship with. I added blogs that I have recently begun to read and blogs of my new friends I've met either physically, in the comments section of my blog or through the emergent democracy happening. Now my blogroll reflects my network of friends instead of some ranking of popular blogs. You can go to Technorati for that.
I would like to apologize to anyone who I forgot to invite. I have a very bad memory and this was sort of an emergent party. I'm sure I'll have another one soon. If you want to get invited, just post comments on my blog a lot. ;-)
There are some bloggers who have written about the party: Chris Pirillo, Gnome Girl, Jason Defillippo here and here, Dave Winer, Marc Canter here, here and here, Kazuya Minami, Frank Boosman, Robert Scoble, Ross Mayfield, Kevin Marks, Doc Searls, Andrew Kimpton
But... parties are never as fun to read about when you weren't there, I know...
Special thanks to Amy and Barak for the flawless planning and execution