New Tech Meetup should become the TweetUp
Last week’s New Tech Meetup was one of the more entertaining ones I have attended. First of all, the room was packed. Nary was there room to stand, much less for a butt cheek. (but I must happily declare not a whiff of patchouli was in the air). Rob started the crowd off right by having us introduce ourselves to our neighbors, which quickly derailed the entire room; so while I did meet 2 new peeps, I can’t remember their names or what they look like (I need longer than 8 seconds per intro!) We did learn the true definition of Web 3.0 ( means still in business!) and the Meetup announced a Denver session. There were 2 female presenters for a change – an issue near and dear to yours truly. I wish I could tell you the presenters, male and female alike, did a great job, but Twitter clearly stole the show. I don’t know who’s brilliant idea it was to display the live Twitter feed for all references to #bdnt, but the entire Meetup turned into tweeps elbowing for time on screen. It then degraded further into a competition of who could come up with the wittiest comment.
Now, I’m truly not complaining. I spent the entire Meetup laughing at the jokes and the wit (Denver smells like Fritos!). I came pretty close to wetting my pants when HeyRich had his beer delivered that he ordered from the screen. I know I got a dozen or so follows out of it, an enjoyable side effect of attempting wit publicly but failing miserably. But I barely remember the presenters. And what is the BDNT if not for the presenters?
So remind me, if/when I ever have the courage to get up there, make sure the live feed is off. (insert the booo hisss here). Wait, I mean on. Okay, okay, off.