I was at the iLike party table that Marc Canter was at. Where Kara Swisher commented about needing a Marc Canter “taser” which was in response to Marc’s interruption of a little presentation at the iLike party. Here’s Marc’s recollection.
Marc asked an interesting question, but I remember feeling weird because of the timing.
To understand the tension I’m avoiding, go read Tantek’s post on “the importance of being nice.”
The question of the moment: to be nice or to ask the question?
Not to mention that Marc’s question (about whether iLike was going to be on platforms other than Facebook) got to strategy and was awkward because there were Facebook co-founders and employees in the audience. Strategic alliances are made and lost during events like these. I remember the times when my boss got yelled at by Microsoft because he started a Java magazine.
Cringe, cringe, cringe.
As to the journalists at the table. Getting access to things is their lifeblood. It isn’t lost on me that I don’t get invited to certain things because I don’t play by certain PR rules either (one guy told me he stopped inviting me because I recorded other guests who complained to him). It does make one very careful about when and where to break the unwritten rules.
To ask the question or to be nice?
Which one would you do?
Oh, and if you haven’t seen my hour-long interview with Marc, you get to see his personality up close and personal.
Me? If I ever do plan an event I’ll get back at Marc. I’ll put him on stage where you all can ask him tough questions.