A Twitter conference: not as silly as it sounds

A Twitter conference: not as silly as it sounds

Summary: Can you imagine how many tweets might come out of a Twitter Conference?Well, get ready, New York City.

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Can you imagine how many tweets might come out of a Twitter Conference?

Well, get ready, New York City. The 140 Characters Conference is slated for June 16-17. And conference organizer Jeff Pulver - creator of Voice Over Net (VON) events - says the event will "explore the effects of Twitter" on celebrities, media and advertising.

I can see the tweets already.

In all seriousness, a conference like this is actually a pretty good idea, for a couple of reasons:

  • First, it's fresh. Twitter has become an overnight sensation - but who knows how long the fad will last if, in fact, it is just a fad. It's good to get the interested parties together now while the momentum is high instead of later when the excitement could potentially slow down.
  • Second, it's still confusing. The buzz of it has a number of people talking about it - but it's not easy to explain. And people use it for different reasons. And on different platforms. I imagine that there could be a lot of sharing - and learning - from a show like this.
  • Finally, there's a business model behind Twitter that's starting to grow - apps for the iPhone, salesforce.com and so on. While Twitter - the company itself - is still working on its own revenue plan, Twitter's technology is sparking some real business that could potentially find investors, partners and even competitors at an event like this.

Who knows what sort of news might come out of an event like this? On Monday, Pulver put out a call for speakers, asking that they tweet nominations (of course) to #140conf or by email at jeff@pulver.com. The deadline for speaking proposals is April 10. And he's also looking for sponsors and exhibitors.

Note to PR types: Keep your story pitches and press releases for this event limited to 140 characters and I promise to read them.

Also see:

Salesforce app offers reminder that Twitter needs a revenue plan

Twitter improves SEO; may become your top hit on Google

Exectweets: Nice, but not the revenue plan for Twitter

Topics: Enterprise Software, Banking, Social Enterprise

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  • It's a fad.

    "In all seriousness, a conference like this is actually a pretty good idea, for a couple of reasons:"

    "First, it?s fresh"

    I prefer "fad." As in it'll be popular for a while, then go away.

    "Second, it?s still confusing. . . ."

    Wow. You actually think "confusing" is a "good idea?" Remind me not to ask you for directions if I get lost.

    "Who knows what sort of news might come out of an event like this?"

    Yes, who knows, somebody's breakfast cereal of choice might actually be important!
    CobraA1
  • RE: A Twitter conference: not as silly as it sounds

    CYENTIST Social Media Agency will be there.
    http://www.cyentist.com
    CYENTISTsocialmediaagency
  • It's Silly, and Dumb...like a Fox.

    Thank goodness people think Twitter is silly. This attitude is helpful for
    two reasons. It give first-movers a bit more time to get entrenched and it
    helps smooth out the crazy growth curve that challenges Twitter's IT
    staff.

    If email has been the killer app for the past three decades, then it follows
    that a communications protocol/platform like Twitter will have a huge
    impact on global communications. People need to communicate, it fills a
    basic psychological function.

    But, oh yes. Ignore that last paragraph...Twitter's just a silly fad.
    TonyCecala
  • #140tc Covers the West Coast

    Well, since I can't get to the East Coast, I'm glad we'll also be having our own 140 | The Twitter Conference here in my backyard of, Mountain View, California at the Computer History Museum on May 26 & 27.

    We just found out that Twitter's Creative Director, Doug Bowman (@stop) just registered and some of the speakers so far will be Dan Zarella, Alex Payne, Robert Scoble, Brian Solis, and Jennifer Leggio.

    Hope to see you there!

    http://bit.ly/Qohu6

    @KarenEBrennan

    Karen E. Brennan