Techcrunch and Meetup had their big bash in NY this evening. Lots of fun, lots of people, but not quite as crazy as last week's Web 2.0 Conference, which Kevin Maney captured best in his USA Today column.
When I left, the doorman's clicker had counted 503 people, quite a bit fewer than the expected 700 or more. Of course, the threat of rain might have dampened some of the enthusiasm.
Still, there were lots of interesting things to see. First, Snap.com launched Snap Preview Anywhere
Connie Connors was showing her new service, Hittail, which really helps you to do search engine optimization and keyword selection. With the freemium model, anyone can use thisquite handy service to get better placement and lower costs. And Connie thoughtfully provided neat glowstick stirrers for the free drinks.
Compete.com, originally an Idealab company, was showing its new easy to use site statistics. I find them more accurate for US sites than Alexa, and a lot easier to read.
Their marketing brought back memories of the techniques used by half.com, putting their pitch in a place that half the audience could not read, but the other half was sure to linger over.
There were lots of other companies there - mulitply.com looked interesting, as did fleck.com. But it didn't have the hordes of venture capitalists roaming around with open checkbooks the way Web 2.0 did. Maybe in New York, we're still way too early for another bubble.