So I spent last weekend at the Blogger Social 2008 in New York City. Most attendees were fellow authors of the Age of Conversation, the book dreamed up by Drew McLellan and Gavin Heaton, the Iowan and Aussie who not only conceived of the book, they enticed over 100 of us to co-author it; they got it published; and they initiated a promotional drum beat that got the book on Amazon, where it's sold enough copies to send a sizable check to a childrens' charity. Not bad for a project done entirely on the web. In fact, Drew and Gavin had never met each other until last Friday at the social!
Only 25% of Social attendees were from the Tri-State area (to the uninitiated, that means New York, Connecticut and New Jersey); the rest flew in from places as far flung as Australia, Mexico, Canada, the United Arab Emirates, Belgium...you get the picture. And they were ready to party. And talk. And talk. And Talk. And besides talking (and drinking) they did a lot of picture taking and twittering. Twittering even during dinner. Something disconcerting about carrying on a conversation with someone who is simultaneously twittering his/her friends elsewhere...talking about the conversation taking place...like looking at a mirror that reflects another mirror and so on.
Over dinner I met Jennifer Laycock, a great conversationalist and well known social media blogger from Ohio. She said she, too, started out disliking the twitter concept but after writing 5 posts discussing the practice, ended up an enthusiast. I'll check out her blog posts to see if I get convinced as well. You may want to read them, too. Here is where her twittering explanations start.