Mar 11, 2010

Heading to SXSW

I am really excited to go to SXSW this year, especially since I missed it last year. SXSW was the place where I discovered Twitter in early 2008. I remember being at a cocktail party (the 3rd one that evening) and felt a bit overwhelmed with so many people around me, so I sat down for a moment next to a guy who was typing voraciously on his new iPhone. I asked him what is he doing, and he replied ‘tweeting’.

Earlier that day, I was at this session where the panelists spoke about portability between social networks, APIs, Open Source and Twitter. I was fascinated and decided to open a twitter account to try it out. But I didn’t know what to say, and more importantly to whom. So the very day after, I started following people that I met at SXSW, and they followed me back. I shared my thoughts about the conference and the sessions and we discussed them together.

This is how I started my tweeting life. It’s not that I became addicted. Not at all. But sometimes when I was pre-engaged with my iPhone and people asked me what are you doing? I was tweeting.

This year I am thrilled to discover new worlds and freshen up. My schedule at SXSW is crazy as i try to grasp it all, and I keep wondering what “new me” will come back from the conference. Or am I setting the expectations too high?

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