Robert Scoble presented an afternoon briefing at the annual IT@Cork Conference that set new standards. Scoble melds a fact-laced presentation with a crowd-warming back channel that is political as it is technical. Scoble worked the Rochestown Park Hotel bar crowd as effortlessly as Bertie Ahern works Kennedy's pub in Drumcondra. Quick-witted, enthusiastic and unhesitant, Scoble responded to a rapid-fire sequence of questions, affirmations, speculations and accusations. You couldn't help but think that his parent company was as human as he has proved to be during his extended stay in Ireland. For the third level Irish students absorbing the Scoble Effect as part of their college public relations module, this was an afternoon with the Master himself. I doubt that they will ever encounter such a telegenic personality without visiting the Vatican. The big difference is that you have to pay for your pints in Italy. Around Scoble, the Man Himself gave the day a special buzz.
Fuzzy image snapped of Scoble mingling at Rochestown, Cork, Ireland. Better images from "ITCork" on Flickr.
James Corbett -- "Robert Scoble: Distributed Celebrity"
Niall O'Brien -- "Robert Scoble in Cork"