First, I wanted to give readers a heads up that I’ll be in Seattle this Friday and Saturday. I’ll spend Friday afternoon at the University of Washington, meeting with some of their outstanding computer science doctoral students. My schedule filled up with unexpected haste! But if you’re on campus and urgently want to meet, let me know and I’ll see what I can do.
Saturday I’ll be attending the social track of WSDM 2012, the premier international ACM conference covering research in the areas of search and data mining on the Web. I’m excited about the program, as well as the opportunity to catch up with friends and make new ones. Back in 2010, I had the pleasure of co-organizing the Workshop on Search and Social Media (SSM 2010) and being the official ACM blogger for WSDM 2010. You can read my posts here.
Then, on Saturday evening, I’ll be heading to Microsoft Research to attend the Social Search Social (SSS 2012). Hats off to organizers Meredith Ringel Morris, Gene Golovchinksy, Jeremy Pickens, Madhu Reddy, Chirag Shah, and Michael Twidale for creating what looks to be a fun (and very social!) event. I’m especially looking forward to the 45-second “madness” presentations (in which I’m participating) and the “speed dating” to help cross-pollinate the WSDM and CSCW communities.