Pittsburgh changed popular culture last week. Twice.

Both instances are related to the Pittsburgh Podcamp sessions I attended with a wonderful assortment of geeks and geniuses (I am technically neither, although I’m a wannabe both) at the Art Institute. The first one we can’t really take credit for, but the Burgh was its epicenter nonetheless. iJustine’s video about her 300-page iPhone bill was THE hot internet video of the moment, racking up more than 3 million views since she posted it early Monday. For the uninitiated, Justine is runs her own Web design and marketing business; she also has her hand in nearly every possible social media opportunity available, including on, where she broadcasts her life around the clock.

She had deal with the kind of backlash that is probably inevitable when you’re a pretty, blonde 23-year-old working in the tech biz. I can’t say I know her, but after talking with her a couple times last week, my impression is that she is anything but dumb. She also seems genuinely nice and was certainly accomodating to all us media types — besides me, there was all the other local print and broadcast media, as well as a dizzying array of letters: CNN, Fox, ABC, NPR, AP, etc. — who have been pestering her from Tuesday on. How can you hate on that?

And if you’re one of the dozen or so people on the planet who hasn’t yet seen the phone bill video, you can find it here.

The other thing? Bacn. The term, coined during one of the Saturday sessions, is fairly simple — it’s those emails that you want, but don’t really have time for right now. Not quite spam, which you don’t want at all, but bacn. Google alerts? Facebook updates? Twitter follower messages? All bacn.

Since Saturday, bacn is sweeping the internets. It’s already No. 2 on Google, if you skip past a handful of acronyms. There’s already a site dedicated to the term. It’s everywhere — and it started here.

I picked up plenty of other good stuff at Podcamp as well, things that will help both personally and professionally. It was a great weekend, and I’ll keep attending as long as Justin, who might just be the smartest man in Pittsburgh, and his crew keep putting them on. Thanks, y’all…

5 Replies to “sizzle.”

  1. Things that are that much fun and so helpful at the same time probably shouldn’t be allowed. I’m happy that Podcamp is an exception.


  2. I was, and we did. I wanted to introduce my other self, but it’s kind of a PittGirl situation…


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