Last night’s Meetup

Had a really good time last night at the Meetup. Beth Goza did, indeed, attend, and I was more than a little surprised and chagrined to learn she worked in the same building I do. I really outta check that directory more often.

Had a great talk with Jerry Kindall. We were comparing stats engines, and we noticed that we both saw exactly one hit from the meetup listing today. He said, “We should pool our logs and track people’s hits from one Seattle blog to another.” I pointed out that you’d need comparable data from every log, and it wouldn’t work well if one person had Apache logs and another had SiteMeter. I then suggested that someone ought to implement a tracking pixel beacon and host it on a central location like Seablogs, so we could get fun stats like “how many readers of one Seablog read more than one.” I was mostly joking. Of course you’d have to make sure that the web bug couldn’t be cached. And to make it worthwhile, we would really have to make the stats consumable and publishable by everyone.

The evening wouldn’t be complete without the obligatory “huddle round the gadget.” Beth had brought a Tablet, and at one point we realized that we had three Nokia 3650s at a table of 10 people. But of course it all ends up around the PC:

everyone huddled around jake's laptop

Almost forgot: Jake has the full list of attendees with links.