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140 | The Twitter Conference: adaptation

posted by DL Byron on May 27, 2009

Outside of the Avis Rental center, battery was low and I need the GPS on Google Maps. 15 minutes of charge later, I was off to 140 | The Twitter Conference

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Talking Twitter

posted by DL Byron on May 26, 2009

Talked about Twitter in my Interestingness lecture last week at WebVisions and will talk about it more tomorrow at 140 | the Twitter Conference. I’m on a panel with Robert Scoble, Stowe Boyd, and moderator Jason Preston. We’ll discuss topics like

  • Is blogging obsolete? Will real-time services replace it?
  • Is Twitter over-saturated with marketing & business?
  • Is the “noise” on Twitter really useless?
  • How can microstructure enrich microcommunication?
  • How is this all different from chatrooms and instant messenger?
  • What’s next for Twitter?

and my take on Twitter follows the challenge Brian Oberkirch laid down with me at SXSW, which is marketers step up your game.


In other words, I wouldn’t have got on the Cluetrain if I knew the destination was marketing town. What I’m asking now and working through is

“did we change the world with blogs and social media or just open up a massive marketing channel.” The Internet Famous and popular blogs didn’t get there by trying to game social media with some bullshit strategy concieved by consulting charlatans. They blogged hard. Worked hard and still do.

Following the Twitter Conference, it’s onto Web Design World Seattle for more Twitter talk and exploring the Interestingness theme. Also writing an article on this topic that maybe another book … we’ll see.

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Thank you wolf shirt.

posted by Jason Swihart on May 20, 2009

“This item has wolves on it which makes it intrinsically sweet and worth 5 stars by itself, but once I tried it on, that’s when the magic happened. After checking to ensure that the shirt would properly cover my girth, I walked from my trailer to Wal-mart with the shirt on and was immediately approached by women. The women knew from the wolves on my shirt that I, like a wolf, am a mysterious loner who knows how to ‘howl at the moon’ from time to time (if you catch my drift!). The women that approached me wanted to know if I would be their boyfriend and/or give them money for something they called mehth. I told them no, because they didn’t have enough teeth, and frankly a man with a wolf-shirt shouldn’t settle for the first thing that comes to him….”

There’s much more wolf awesomeness.

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Intel's Tomorrow Today

posted by DL Byron on May 11, 2009

Delighted to see Intel follow the lead on a Social Web conversation we started months ago with Bike Hugger 2.0 (a blog about bike culture TDI publishes) and the Latest Activity page — a collection of everything we do online related to bikes.

Intel is making smart use of action-stream-like content on The Inside Scoop blog.


Good stuff and really “in-the-moment.” We talked with Intel about Motion when we launched. With content spread about various social sites, blogs, and Twitter, it’s a challenge to connect the Social Web into one place for readers.

Great to see them follow up and interesting to watch it evolve.

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Portland Bound: Webvisions and MoSo

posted by Jason Swihart on May 07, 2009

Later this month, TDI is making our annual pilgrimage to Portland for Webvisions (May 20-22)-one of our favorite events of the year. Byron is speaking this year on the topic “Try Making Yourself More Interesting,” but the top of the bill is especially spectacular this year with Mark Frauenfelder (Boingboing.net), Tara Hunt (The Wuffie Factor), and Jared Spool giving keynotes.

IMG_1943.jpgFor the second year running, Bike Hugger will also be throwing a Mobile Social for all local riders and Webvisions attendees. We’ll be taking a ride, drinking beer, and giving away a ton of schwag—last year’s WV Mobile Social was a gas.

And don’t forget: there is still time to enter the 2009 Webvisionary Awards. With judges like Jeff Veen, Lynne d Johnson, Molly Holzschlag, and Roger Black, it’s a web award that actually means something. Hurry: deadline is May 8.

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Biznik Shine

posted by DL Byron on May 07, 2009

SHINE is a big Biznik film about small business. Mark and I attended the event with fisheye-immersion camera.

A dozen professional videographers, expert interviewers, and Bizink members all collaborated together to tell small business stories. We took the camera into the moment. If you’d like to tell you story and join the Shine project, upload it to YouTube.


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Dan Rubin, Aaron Walter, Robert Jolly

posted by DL Byron on May 05, 2009

Dan Rubin, Aaron Walter, Robert Jolly at An Event Apart Seattle.

Sitting in the Green Room. Taken with Photo Booth.

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Simplescott, Derek Powazek, DL Byron

posted by DL Byron on May 05, 2009

In the green room at An Event Apart Seattle. Simplescott was working on his new book about Designing Obama; Derek was iPhoning some pithy comment, and I was reviewing a comp for a new Bike Hugger jersey.

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