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It went like this: I wrote an article about the book ‘A Girl’s Guide to Dating a Geek’. Which made Steffest say:

“If you ever find a book like “How to get your girl to be more of a Geek”
DO let me know!
I’ve been trying for over a decade to do just that and have made no progress whatsoever …
Not giving up though !!”

So there we are: Barcamp Ghent coming up next weekend and Steffest did not forget. Can’t escape so I’ll have to give a presentation concerning the topic. That’s why I have already questioned some people. Not about how to date a geek, but about how to make a geek. I believe that Facebook (as opposed to eg Twitter or Flickr), is the easiest platform to start with and therefore a possible first step to geekiness. Therefore I would like you to answer the followig poll:

When you are a geek who turned his or her partner into a geek as well, please let me know how that went. What did your partner fall for? How did you start? How long did it take to use which tools? Is Twitter a bridge too far? Do you have to be born a geek and will some partners never turn geeky? One mailaddress: dorienaertsATgmail.com or the comments above this article. Thanks!

2nd of June

My first Mobile Monday Amsterdam. I carpooled with my colleague Koen and with Stef, Tijs and Filip from Belgium to the Netherlands to join the sixth edition of this mobile event. Raimo van der Klein, who gave a presentation on ‘mobile wands and wizards’ at the Mobile Webcamp Hasselt I organised earlier, is one of the hosts.

What I recall:
Doc Searls himself! Waw. Great to see and hear the writer of the Cluetrain Manifesto in real life. And despite what everyone (like Tijs 😉 ) says, I loved his shirt ;-). Searls also made thé quote of the evening: A free consumer is more valuable than a captive one.
-The presentations on mobile were quite ok (for a great review, look at this blog post from Koen), yet there is a lot of work to catch up. Companies on the one hand are not entirely ready for mobile internet, but consumers aren’t either. I guess it’s not only because mobile internet is too expensive or because not everybody has a mobile internet connection yet,…What I realised listening to all those presentations is that we aren’t using the mobile internet the way we should/could. At the moment we are ‘cloning’ the possibilities of the ‘normal’ internet, yet mobile consumers and companies will find their own killer apps and added value. Like location based services. We’re thus still finding out where mobile internet will take us.
Dinner at club 11. Quite an experience, and that’s all I say. You just have to find out yourself!

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