The first Third Thursday -- the new social media networking meetup -- went really well. We're guessing 80-plus people showed up on the back porch of Fanny & Alexander, to meet, mix and hear Michael Arrington (TechCrunch) talk about blogging, the media scene, and yes, PR.
Co-organizer Mike Manuel was an excellent host, ably interviewing Arrington for about 30-40 minutes. I was fighting a severe sinus infection, but glad I dragged myself to the event. Arrington was a great speaker. Key highlights:
--Arrington launched his blog last June, but already he is getting more than 100,000 "uniques" a day (gulp).
--He thinks he can get bigger than Wired, if only he had a "few more people."
--When asked if it's OK for a PR person to pitch him on behalf of a client, or if the PR person should get out of the way, he said he's fine with PR people pitching him -- they have a job to do, and that job is the same whether they are contacting a journalist or contacting a blogger. "PR people are great," he added, bringing a smile to half the faces in the audience (and a smirk to more than a few). But the comment that stole the evening was the one about Wired, which Valleywag promptly translated like this. FYI -- the guest wag for Valleywag was one of my other Third Thursday co-organizers, Jeremy Pepper.