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Orlando Tweetup on April 22, Forrester Marketing Conference April 23-24


I’ll be in Orlando at Forrester’s Marketing Conference April 23 and 24th, live blogging (maybe some live streaming), meeting clients, and listening and learning from Marty St. George, SVP of Marketing for JetBlue, Greg Clayman, EVP of Digital Distribution for MTV, and Annis Lyles, VP of Media and Interactive for Coca-Cola North America. We’re offering discounts to those that are headed out, as well as a night off the hotel rooms.

Even if you’re not attending the conference, the Tweetup on the night before is wide open for anyone to attend, hope to see you there. The Tweetup is on Wed, followed by the conference on Thursday and Friday, leaving the weekend open for you and your family to head out to Disney World if you’re able.

Leave a comment if you’re coming to the Tweetup!

Silicon Valley Tweetup: Jobs Are Available In Comments


Above: It took me a few days to post it, but here’s a very brief clip from the Tweetup, it was a bit packed.

Just got back from the Silicon Valley Tweetup (135 said they would come, 226 people saved it), last time this year, Tweetups were just about a dozen people or less, but the growth of the service has really demonstrated it’s popularity, I estimate 150-200 folks there. Unlike blogs, microblogs can have a greater rate of adoption as the barriers to entry than blogs as it’s easier to get started, and the ubiquitous mobile device makes it easy.

Some of my friends who came desired a more intimate setting split off to private dinners, and that’s fine too, the event is relatively organic, and we certainly want to keep it that way.

Tonight was a success, and I’m pretty sure we were able to connect people to network and find jobs in this tough economy. Thanks for coming out, the #svtweetup became a ‘trending topic’ on twitter search, suggesting it was a top used tag for the evening.I polled the audience and asked folks to raise their hands if they were hiring, and about a third of them were hiring. I encouraged those who were hiring to stand near the bar, there candidates could quickly get their business card, and perhaps buy them a drink. There were a lot of folks looking for jobs, and quite a few people who were consulting, and a few who just were recently laid off. Strangely, there were people that came that never even heard of Twitter, which demonstrates how viral the event was –people passed the invite around on email.

Had a few offers to get the event sponsored, something I’ll have to think about, but I’m generally steering away from that as this is testament that a community can self-organize without institutional influence. On a more social note, we did entertain each other by singing karaoke, seriously, what is more ‘social’ and ‘media’ than that? Joel Postman awarded his latest book SocialCorp to those who could really belt it out best.

Was asked several times when the next one is going to be held, and saw similar queries on Twitter. How often do you think we should hold such a community event? I’m sure folks will create smaller ones from time to time, but I’m thinking of other ways to help people that are seeking jobs connect with employers.

If you’re hiring in Silicon Valley, please leave a comment
Normally, I direct brands that are hiring to post on my job board, (A new job was posted for Vice President DialogueMedia MWW Group, NY) but given the state of the industry, I’m going to suggest that if you’re hiring (or seeking work) to leave a comment below with a brief description to your job post. Don’t post the whole job req (I’ll remove it) instead just give a summary and link to the job posting.

Thanks for being part of the community, I’m happy to serve the community that I cover, you can read my commitments to the industry.

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  • Antonio Altamirano, (who’s a web strategist at Accenture) took pictures, you can see we really filled up the place. (@antoniocapo)
  • Thanks to Ida Rose who helped organized the name badges, and was very supportive.
  • Stella Yu provided me with various location and venue suggestions, now we have to find a larger space, or ask BBC to take out the tables
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    Silicon Valley Tweetup: Dec 11th


    This has been one busy year for me, I’ve traveled the country and world to meet and talk about social media. Just about every city I visit, I try to attend a social media meetup or host my own, to date, I’ve participated in tweetups in Alexandria, Barcelona, Tampa, Oahu, Tokyo, New York, Dallas, Chicago, Dallas, and Boston (twice).

    What’s Tweetup? A few years ago, we called them blogger dinners, and it’s where folks got to come together, meet each other face to face (scary huh?) and actually talk in real life. Despite the affection many have for these social tools, there is nothing like seeing people in real life and meeting them.

    A few guidelines for social events that I mentioned on twitter: Unlike Fight Club, talk about Tweetups, before, during, and after. Come to meet folks, be social. Don’t “poke” anyone unless you’ve brought protection. The act of “throwing sheep” at anyone other than your spouse is not encouraged. If you’re going to mention people “you’re following them” be sure to give them context whether that’s on Twitter or in real life –hopefully the former.

    Kidding aside, just come to network with others, buy someone you’re connected to online a drink, exchange real world information, and most importantly, be merry.

    Since I’ve neglected my own hometown, I’ve decided to organize a tweetup on Thur, Dec 11th (things hopefully have settled down for many of us during the holidays) in the Peninsula. I’ll find a bar suitable for a social gathering, and make sure it’s close to freeways or Caltrain.

    Event Details

    What: Silicon Valley Tweetup (RSVP on Upcoming)
    Tag: #svtweetup
    Date: Thursday, Dec 11th, 2008
    Time: 6pm
    What to expect: This is a no-host event, so you should buy a drink for someone you don’t know, groups can walk to local restaurants after tweetup.
    Location: TBD (I’m working on a venue, will make it near public transportation)

    Colorado’s Technology Corridor, A Well Kept Secret


    Above Video: Come join me on my “walk through” videos (see others) to meet Boulder’s tech community.

    I took the day off from work yesterday, and did some sight seeing of the Rockies (thanks to long term friend Kit who was one of the organizers of the Thin Air Summit) and had an opportunity to meet the large tech community at the “Tea House” in Boulder. I quickly learned that the tech scene is active, there’s many startups, events, and a VC community (including this incubator program called TechStars) that helps spur this eco system forward. What makes it attractive? The opportunity to be exposed to the great outdoors, the clean (yet expensive) Boulder area, great food, and healthy lifestyle.

    Being in Silicon Valley, we’re so centrist in our thinking and don’t get enough exposure to the other tech communities around the country and globe (although I’m trying hard to meet each community) as a result we haven’t heard that much about Colorado’s tech corridor.

    I observed that the entrepreneurial spirit runs high in Colorado, many folks want to strike it out on their own (I wonder if this is tied back to the silver rush and early settlers) vs many in Silicon Valley may prefer to join startups and exit rather than building their own sole-propertiership. The environment was warm and people shared –even with risk of sharing competitive information.

    Despite the warmth of this community that’s nestled between the Rocky mountains and the great plains, they’re very insular and don’t share their story to the rest of the world. I’ve visited countries where they actually have government sponsored outreach programs just to tell their story in order to attract buyers, partners, and employees –Colorado could really benefit by not only focusing inward, but being a bit more extroverted and sharing their story with others.

    Well, if anyone in Colorado was hoping to keep their ecosystem a secret –too late now, I just told my community.

    Above, I interviewed Kit Seeborg and was joined by Jason and James both of Room 214, a local pure play social media agency.

    The list of startups we were throwing out were just a small sample, I crowdsourced the list through Twitter, if you know of other startups, tweet the name and tag it #costartup. See the growing list of tech startups in Colorado in this twitter search result.

    If you attended the Tweetup yesterday, leave a comment with your handle.

    Video: Shoutouts from the Dallas Tweetup


    Every wanted to know who was behind those 140 characters? Now you can. this 2 minute video you can hear 50 people shout out their twitter handles at last night’s Dallas tweetup.

    What’s a Tweetup? A group of social media enthusiasts who want to connect and networks. Despite all the tools that are available to us to communicate digitally, there’s nothing like meeting in real life.

    I help the worlds largest brands develop community strategies, yet, sometimes it’s the simply things that really tell more of a story then anything else, BBQ, Shiner Boch, and a $200 camera. That’s what community is really about: people.

    Speaking of people, I’d like to thank Paula Thorton (follow her on twitter) for organizing this dinner, and Forrester’s Alexis Karlin (follow her), as well as the sponsors Eric T. Peterson, Web Analytics Demystified, DFW UPA and Forrester Research.

    Perhaps we should rename the social media industry to really be the people industry –it’s not about technology.

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    Tokyo Blogger Dinner


    Japan's Social Technographics 2008
    Above photo: I had a great time discussing the impact of social media on culture and business in Japan with Tokyo’s top bloggers. Image taken by Andrew Shuttleworth –used with permission

    The following portion is updated the day after the blogger dinner.

    Read Michael Whang’s blog report of “Tokyo 2.0”
    Jonathen Browne posts his thoughts on the movers and shakers of Toyko

    Last night’s blogger dinner with Tokyo’s finest was interesting, aside from meeting the movers and shakers in this space, discussed the social web and it’s impact on culture, we had a fun time enjoying food and drinks.

    I encouraged the attendees not to socialize but to also think about how social technologies impact culture, business, and Japan, we had some very interesting discussions, and the viewpoints from many of the ex-pats were often similar to the Japanese. I met some of the social media evangelists at large Japanese companies, as well as entrepreneurs, professional bloggers, and local VCs.

    As I tried to circulate to many of the different tables, I started to hear patterns in the discussions. I asked folks to think about the adoption of these tools (this graph aboves shows a high degree of consumption by ‘spectators’) yet I quickly learned that many corporations are not participating with these tools, there’s just a handful of companies using these tools in public (Nissan, Sanyo, and several are conducting buzz marketing efforts). I’m still formulating my thoughts on why this is the case and what can be done –but I want to loop back with Jonathan Browne, Forrester’s expert on Japanese Customer Experience to bounce of him as a sounding board –more to come on this topic soon.

    Original post below.
    I’m excited to meet Tokyo’s top bloggers at a community blogger dinner, I’m cruising through many of the attendees blogs before the event, sadly, about half of them I’m unable to read –gotta learn Japanese. Here’s the lineup for tonight, quite a few ex-pats.

    Akihitok’s polar bear blog
    Andrew Shuttleworth
    Tokyo Reporter
    Clast English blog about consumer and media insights in Japan
    Dominic Carter : Tokyo resident and food lover, in English
    What’s happening in Japan right now: English blog
    Gen Kenai: I’ve met Gen before, and pretty much everyone knows him in Japan to Silicon Valley
    Smart Security Blog
    Jonathan Browne is Forrester’s analyst in Japan, English and Japanese
    Kaorine’s blog:
    Kristopher Tate: Founder of Zooomr and personal friend of mine
    Matt Romaine
    Michael Whang is from Toronto, blogs about technology
    Mikihiro Yasuda
    Nob Seki
    Robert Sanzalone
    Shin Fukushige: a returnee venture capitalist living and working in Tokyo
    Honjo Biz
    The Western World
    Social Media Marketing: This one, I really wish I could read.
    IT Blog Jiji
    Blog Myrss
    If I missed anyone, leave a comment, I’ll add you in.

    I’ll add my notes and pictures to this post later.

    See you tonight!

    While we’re all connected by bits and bytes, there’s nothing like meeting people in real life, I’ve met bloggers all over the world, you can see the archives, I’ll be adding to this over the years, it’s a great journey.

    The following pics were taken by Midori Allen of Forrester and used with permission

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