After this weekend’s 2011 Online News Association Conference in Boston, I thought I would share some of the big takeaways I had from the conference.

1. What a difference a year makes!

During last year’s conference, in Washington, the two biggest pieces of buzz were TBD and Patch. That was certainly not the case this year, since TBD now exists only in a scaled-back form with almost none of its original staff. Patch is still expanding, but after reports of AOL’s hyperlocal brand losing millions of dollars surfaced, conference-goers seemed to be less interested. Read more