Who will be first “tech president?”

Interesting questions being raised over on Tech President in a post titled “who will be the first ‘tech President’“? I sure wonder what the candidates’ stands are on these issues.

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“He sure likes to eat”

I’m in JFK waiting for my plane, but yesterday I spent the day with PodTech star Loren Feldman, who filmed me everytime I was eating something for some reason (among other things New York). Loren cracks me up and the camera he uses? A low cost Casio model that he carries in his pocket.

Along the lines of in-everyone’s-hands media is the Personal Democracy Forum that I just spoke at. I don’t know who has the best posts, there are so many over on Technorati. The official blog is here. Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google, spoke this morning and there are a ton of great political bloggers here. I met one guy who works for the Barack Obama campaign and he told me about how a group of students at George Mason University used Facebook (link goes to Washington Post report) to organize a rally that attracted more than 3,000 people.

I’m tired, though, and looking forward to being home with Maryam and Patrick this weekend. See ya tomorrow morning at Maker Faire where we’ll shoot a photowalking and you can take pictures of me eating again.

UPDATE: I agree with what Dave Winer wrote today about the Democracy Forum. It would have benefitted a lot by getting the audience much more involved. Do 1/4 less sessions and give us time to ask questions. The panel I was on benefitted a lot by the audience getting involved, I thought.

Microsoft releases neat mashup tool

Microsoft has just released “Popfly.” This tool, and community, lets you build a TwitterVision in literally a few minutes (mashup various stuff from various Web services like Twitter, Flickr, Virtual Earth, etc). When I first saw this demoed a few months ago the Microsoftie who showed it to me literally built TwitterVision in two minutes right in front of me without writing code. TwitterVision’s inventor told me he took four hours to do the same thing. Lets someone who isn’t a coder (like me) mashup various Web services easily and quickly. This is a “small” thing from Microsoft. It isn’t going to get professional developers hot and bothered (at least I don’t think) but it is another piece of a Web strategy. If Microsoft released 10 small things like this then we’d start thinking that they “get” the Web again. What do you think?

Oh, and don’t think it’s just for TwitterVision clones, either. It’ll be interesting to see what people do with this. Start with the Overview page to see what it does.

This was the “small” thing I expected Microsoft to release at Mix.