Hats off to John Batelle and Tim O'Reilly for staging such an excellent conference. And seat-belts on because the most common observation in the hallways--made with tremble of panic--is that it's deja vu all over again (and not just because I'm here). The workshops are jammed, the coffee-pots drained, and the massive central auditorium turning mobs away at the doors.
If this were a cheapo trade show, no problem. The fear here is that most people at Web 2.0 paid about $3,000 to get in (2X the usual), and they're not all billionaire Googlers and venture-capitalists. The fear is also is that terms like "revolution" and "20th Century thinking" and "Web 2.0" are echoing off the walls, the latter spoken as though everything that has happened in the industry until now was a sort of kindergarten recess.
Here's to praying that the exuberance is not a herald of rough times ahead. And here's a toast to all the inspiring, fascinating, and massive opportunities to come.