Today thanks to my friend Write-On-Online's Deb Eckerling I was invited to take part in the 140 Conference at the 92nd St. Y. I had no idea what I was getting into but I figured why not? It proved to be on of the most exhilarating, interesting days I have had in a long time.


Jun 16, 2011by tracey Comments

Today thanks to my friend Write On-Online‘s Deb Eckerling I was invited to take part in the 140 Conference at the 92nd St. Y.  When I signed on for this I really did not know what I was committing myself to, but I trust Deb and she said you can talk about how you used Twitter to promote your book. That was all I had to hear and I was in.

It’s not a cop-out but it’s impossible to describe this conference.

A warm, bear of a successful tech entrepreneur called Jeff Pulver started it. I liked him before I met him; his communications were friendly, warm and welcoming. I looked at the list of speakers and was impressed. This is how the home page for 140 describes itself.

“140conf exposes you to the power the Internet has to disrupt businesses, change lives and create serendipity. You will leave with a fresh outlook on how the real time web can be used in your business or personal life to actually do something meaningful.

Prepare to laugh, cry, connect and learn as each “character” shares authentic stories about how this new medium has affected their lives. From barn yard to board room, our eclectic group of speaks may be using the real time web differently but their stories all share one thing in common. The Internet is about being more human.

The truth is that the state of now cannot easily be explained; you just have to experience it for yourself.

Our schedule is unique and fast paced. It is our intention to provide a platform for as many people as possible to share their thoughts and engage in conversation with the attending delegates. You will find individual talks set to: 10 minutes and most of the panel discussions set for 10 and 15 minutes.

At #140conf, the speakers will be visiting New York City from around the world. During the conference we will be hearing from speakers from: Europe, Asia, South America, the Pacific and from across the United States and Canada.”

Now what is really true about this statement is you do have to be there, it is face paced.  It’s a Twitter conference for heaven’s sake. There is a big clock on stage with you so you know how long you have. You are obligated to get your message across fast and well.

As someone Tweeted, “The room is aglow with devices” It’s multi-tasking on steroids. I also picked up some amazing information and met some extraordinary people. I was sitting in the Green Room with Jeff Jarvis who wrote the best selling What Would Google Do? a book I read and loved.  He has  a new book coming out called Public Parts. He gave an awesome talk, but again, you have to see it to appreciate it.

The good news is, because they are teching to the max, the whole thing is live streamed and can be accessed online.

I was amazed and happy to see this was not a “kid’s conference.” You hear Twitter Conference and you immediately conjure up images of tattooed, generation nows, texting away and not paying attention to each other.  This was started by a grown up, Pulver according to his Wikipedia is either 48 or 49. And the majority of the speakers I heard were people often times on their second careers or those who have done well and are transitioning and not fearful of what the world has become. They know this is not only the way of the future but the way of the moment and they are in the moment ~ 140 characters at a time.

The link below takes you to the site and you can watch all two days of speakers, or perhaps just pick a few.