The Twitterazzi talk sharing and caring on the real-time Internet
Social media lets people connect in new ways, and that means more ways to “share and care on the real-time Internet.” That was the theme of the 140 Character Conference’s L.A. Meetup, where Yahoo! hosted more than 200 enthusiastic tweeters at our Burbank offices.
A joint venture between Yahoo!, the 140 Character Conference’s Jeff Pulver (@jeffpulver), Make It Work’s Eric Greenspan (@ericgreenspan), the meetup brought some of the top tweeters together to talk about using social media to build businesses and communities.
Greespan MC'd the proceedings, employing his signature wit and humor, getting laughs throughout the evening. Pulver kicked off the list of speakers, discussing how as a kid he used ham radio to overcome his childhood loneliness, reaching out to other ham enthusiasts across the globe---an effort that required an FCC license and a lot of expensive, specialized equipment. With social media today, however, Pulver notes it’s possible to reach out across the same gulf with nothing more than a PC and a phone jack, no license required.
“When you start to reach out and connect with people your feel their presence no matter where they are” says Pulver. “There’s a soul behind the voice.”
Pulver then set the stage for the evening’s charitable theme by relating an anecdote about how Twitter helped him get help in moving boxes of gear from one place to another. He put an APB out on Twitter and six strangers showed up to help with his move. “If you ask for a favor properly, you can get just about anything,” he says. “If you are willing to let your guard down, amazing things can happen.”
The evening’s speakers included:
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