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Posts Tagged ‘Maggie’

MESH08 Day One (part 3)

Monday, May 26th, 2008

The After-Party!

Yes, the evening of day one deserves it’s own post. Social Media Group (my employer, in case you’re new here) was very pleased to sponsor the major party of the conference on Wednesday night at Rockwood + Green.

Before that, however, I must mention the very nice social sponsored by TripHarbour.ca – it was a great little networking event that allowed to unwind after a busy day.

The party itself was a smashing success and there a flickr set to prove it! My fave photo of the evening is this one of the host (Maggie) surrounded by the Mesh organizers.

A highlight of the evening for me was running into Erick Schonfeld, co-editor of TechCrunch. Our paths had crossed almost a year ago when Erick was an editor at Business 2.0 magazine and I led an ultimately unsuccessful fan-driven effort to save the magazine. It was great to meet Erick in person and chat with him about the experience from his perspective.

All in all, it was a great evening of socializing sandwiched between two days of great content.

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Debating the Benefits of Twitter

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

I left on comment on Maggie’s recent Twitter post (in reply to Phil Barrett’s comment) that I thought was worth repeating here, along with Phil’s comment…

Phil Barrett: From what i gather, you need to be sending several “tweets” a day to build a following and get the true potential benefit from Twitter.
I physically don’t have enough time during the day to do this…even with the mobile enabled option. I’ve also blogged about this on my site – twitter dee, twitter dumb?
http://www.burningthebacon.com/2008/03/07/still-twitter-dee-twitter-dumb/

Me: I suppose it depends on how you define “benefit”. Strictly as a distrobution channel, yes, there is a critical mass of followers required to be effective. But Twitter is about participation in a group conversation. Online and offline, conversation is best when done more with your ears than your mouth. I Tweet when I am moved to by the conversation that surrounds me. I would get just as much benefit out of Twitter with 1 follower as I would with 1000. What’s far more important is who I’m following and what they’re saying.

update: The comments I’m referring to have mysteriously disappeared from the SMG site – we’re trying to figure waht happened… good thing I decided to quote them here!

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