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WordCamp Day 2 was a bit like being in school for me. With two of the speakers focusing on social media, networks, usability and user research, I really could have just closed my eyes and put myself back in Ithaca. Personally, I found the talks either really applicable, or really not. I’m not much a fan of playing with databases and things. I like my site to run quickly, but I won’t spend days on end trying to optimize the performace. As long as it doesn’t take more than 3-5 seconds for a page to load, I’m happy. Two of my favorite talks of the weekend were Rashmi Sinha’s (of SlideShare) and Liz Danzico’s (of Happy Cog). Although I already knew most of what they were talking about (how many classes have I taken that referenced The Wisdom of Crowds?!) I was thrilled to see that there are actually jobs out there that apply what I’m learning in school in an interesting way. It was quite coincidental that their talks came just as I was writing up my post on The Perfect Job because usability/social media consulting is another career path I’ve been looking into lately. Rashmi and Liz did a great job at showing the real world applications of rather abstract fields. Not to mention, we got a sneak peek of some of the design changes that are in the works for WordPress! Check out The WordCamp Report for some more specifics! Personally, the talks took a backseat to the socializing on Sunday. I was a bit nervous on Saturday and didn’t really meet as many people as I would have liked to. I think I did a decent job of making up for it on Sunday though. I met a lot of really great folks. To those of you who I had the pleasure of chatting with: I had a great time and I look forward to catching up with you in the near future! To those of you who I didn’t get a chance to meet: please shoot me an email or something! I’d love to meet up with you! Overall, I think WordCamp was an excellent conference and I would definitely do everything possible to make it back for next year’s! Hopefully there will be a conference on the East Coast before that, but until then I’ll just be putting everything I learned over the course of the weekend to good use. Score one more for living in San Francisco :D