Lets rewind another 15 years, if you had a hobby, which was rather unconventional, for example, doing weird things to animals, you had to travel across cities or even countries at times to meet somebody who had a hobby like you did.
Fast forward to 2006, Facebook, Twitter, Blogging. In short, a social media explosion. All of a sudden you had thousands of people across the world, who like you, were passionate about doing weird things to animals, or whatever it is that you like. And ALL of you could connect with just a click.
Talking about the event, it started of with talks by people from Dell, Yebhi.com and Belkin, no surprises there, as sponsors of the event, this was expected. After that came probably the most awesome part about the event. Free food. Free booze. And the people there were reportedly saying, "Hey, we blog for a living, we'll eat anything as long as it's free." Weirdly, I couldn't help thinking that if one of us was the CEO of some amazing company, we'll still hog if it was free.
My page for those of you who saw me there.
I was followed up by Abhishek Baxi, who DESIGNED HIS WHOLE WEDDING ON AN APP CALLED EVERNOTE! Insane, isn't it?
If you think this was insane, wait for more. Abhishek was followed by a guy, Uncle Andy, who casually got up on stage and mimicked 18 different accents. Scottish, Welsh, Brit, American, Arabian, Irish, Japanese, West Indian. You name it, and the guy did it.
Seeing the fact that it was the inaugural event and it got trending on twitter, that alone speaks volumes of the event.
I think it's safe to say that the times when we had to travel across the world to meet someone who has the same passion as us are way behind us.