It can be a real pain trying to keep up with all the upcoming conferences that happen every year. With web 2.0 being the subject of late, there are a lot of conferences and events designed specifically around it. What follows is a list of some of the top web 2.0 conferences happening this summer. Have a browse and see if anything tickles your fancy. Then think about how you can convince your boss to send you.There are always tons of conferences around the world, some costly, some not, some good, some bad. Here is a list of upcoming web 2.0 conferences you shouldn’t miss. These are some of the powerhouse conferences of the business conference circuit and are a must for businesses large and small.

10 Web 2.0 Conferences This Summer

1. Internet Week New York June 3 – 10, 2008: Internet Week New York is a week-long schedule of events. It highlights the Internet industry in New York, focusing on local and regional companies and organizations that are leading the way on the web. 2. European Directory Marketplace 2008 June 9, 2008: This year’s European Directory Marketplace 2008 (EDM08) conference, Search in the Mobile Era, will be held in London. The focus of this year’s conference is mobile marketing -- in particular mobile search marketing. 3. Graphing Social Patterns East June 9-11, 2008: Graphing Social Patterns East is a conference directed at executives, entrepreneurs, marketers and application developers who want to flex their muscles with the hottest trends on the Internet. Here you will learn the value of social networking and social marketing in a variety of forms. Topics include techniques for building viral applications, how to reach an audience, marketing and advertising strategies for networked environments, building trust in a community, what’s next on the horizon for Facebook and MySpace, monetizing techniques for turning traffic into revenue streams, protecting privacy and security while still maintaining an open social network, and more. 4. Enterprise 2.0 June 9-12, 2008: Enterprise 2.0 is the largest gathering for people ready to reinvent the way work is done. This is all about wikis, inter-company blogs and social networks, mash-up and other enterprise 2.0 technologies. Whether you are exploring your options for bringing social tools and 2.0 technologies or working to convince you’re boss of the value of things like team workspaces, unified communications, enterprise search, and software as a service, Enterprise 2.0 will guide your ideas in the right direction 5. Social Gaming Summit June 13, 2008: Join online gamers and gaming socialites at the Social Gaming Summit. The Social Gaming Summit is a one day conference focused on the idea of social networking in MMO games exploding online. Games such as SecondLife and World of Warcraft sport active accounts that number in the 10’s of millions…and game developers continue to spend increasing amounts of energy figuring out how to leverage and apply the growth in social networking to the games they are developing. This is one you don’t want to miss. 6. WidgetWebExpo June 16 – 17, 2008: WidgetWebExpo will look at one of the key emerging online trends: how to utilize the power of widgets to carry your brand to the world. Widgets offer huge potential as carriers of marketing, brand and advertising messages into social networks. This conference will provide you with a thorough understanding of the opportunities and how to leverage them. 7. Online Community Unconference June 18, 2008: The Online Community Unconference is a gathering of online community identities – corporate types, execs, investors - to discuss strategies in the development and growth of online communities. It will be held at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View. 8. Mobile Social Networks and User Generated Content Strategies July 2-4, 2008: IIR’s Mobile Social Networks & UGC has been specifically designed for mobile operators, mobile community platform firms, software & technology providers and content/media companies to share ideas, discuss future trends and establish a common view of getting the most value out of mobile communities and User Generated Content strategies. 9. Twiistup July 17, 2008: At Twiistup, check out the Los Angeles technology & media communities, some hot start-ups, and enjoy this huge summer evening event. 10. New Media Expo August 14-16, 2008: The New Media Expo will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center. It is the world’s most popular convention for online audio and video creators. If you’re interested in hands on, “how-to” events with practical conference sessions then this is a conference for you. And since it’s almost impossible to give a list of only 10 events for the summer, we also included the ones below because we’re pretty sure most of you will want to know about them also.

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