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Yesterday afternoon, in a meeting about social media and one of our titles, a journalist suggested that maybe online communities could have a strong offline component. It was one of those occasions when I had to resist the urge to go “well, d’uh”. Despite the mainstream media’s obsession with “virtual” relationships not being real relationships, I’ve always found that relationships formed online rapidly go offline, and vice-versa.Thus, the webby conference scene is something I love, both for the chance to catch up with old contacts and meet new ones. Oh, and for the conference content, of course. Last year I had to miss the [Web 2.0 Expo in Germany](http://en.oreilly.com/webexberlin2008/public/content/home), because of Mum’s chemo therapy. This year I’m free to go, and will be heading over to Berlin for some serious networking and some juicy brain meats [from the programme](http://en.oreilly.com/webexberlin2008/public/schedule/full).

Web 2.0 Expo Berlin Discount

If you’re interested in attending, the organisers have provided me (and some other bloggers) with a discount code that gets you 35% off the entry price. Just register online and use the code webeu08gr9 to get some Euros off, which is pretty damn useful in these credit crunched times…