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  1. LOL! As @techcom I am pretty excited to see that my handle came up the most in your report. This is funny because I didn’t really use Twitter all that actively until the Summit.

    I find the excessive naval gazing and shameless self-promotion that Twitter proliferates absolutely turns me off the service. However, the week of the Summit I learned that it still excels at its primary purpose: helping people to find like minds to open doorways for communication. Twitter is really effective in cutting through small talk before the initial face-to-face meeting IRL.

    My conversations with other Twitter users bypassed the superficial, because we had already shared thoughts on a professional and personal level somewhere in the ether. Rather than opening with a general, “So how’s the weather in South Carolina?” My first question was: “What are the biggest challenges you face in your role at work?” No lie.

    I should also add that I benefited from other users’ willingness to put themselves “out there”. While Twitter opened the door, my first connection eventually contacted me on my cell phone. As our group expanded, we called and texted each other throughout the conference.

    Had I found a decent mobile internet package while in Dallas, I would have used Twitter on my cell phone a lot more. I hope to be better prepared for Sacramento in 2011.

  2. As an outsider looking at your top words, I see there was a great STC conference in Dallas. I’ll bet you can find more gold in your raw data!

    Further analysis might show you useful things like which sessions were most valuable or which were most contentious. This kind of information can help you decide what kinds of sessions you want to propose or which sessions you want to go to at the next conference.

    As a starter, I noticed the giant “RT” in your wordle. In many cases, retweets are from people who are not actually at the event, but are from people following the event on twitter. To find out how people at the conference are using Twitter, you can scan the retweets to see if “RT” should also be filtered out. Likewise, an analysis of just retweets can give you insights into what outside observers found valuable.

    Hope you find some more nice nuggets in your gold mine!

    • Sarah,
      I left the RT in the Wordle because I felt like it really caught the flavor of Twitter use at the conference. Several people mentioned on Twitter that they were not at the conference but were really enjoying following it through the tweets. However, at a first look, most of the “retweeters” were actually at the conference.
      Ben

  3. Having just gotten my Droid the week before the conference, I’m still getting used to tweeting as I go (read “becoming a part of this decade”). But even as a noob, I found this to be a valuable addition on many levels and I enjoyed it terrifically, not the least of which being that I finally got to meet Tony Chung face-to-face.

    • John,
      I was tweeting from my recently acquired Droid as well. With no wireless, it made for a great way to communicate.
      Ben

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