Friday, 30 March 2012
Guardian Open Weekend and Twitter
So, as a committed Guardian-phile, I attended the Open Weekend at Kings Place (their 'new'(ish) home just behind Kings Cross station) 10 days ago. I was drawn to attend two sessions on Twitter - one on how to do it, and another discussing how Twitter might be a 'tool of the elite'. The 'how to' session went a bit quick for me - I hadn't even got my iPhone tuned up, before they whizzed off - nevertheless, it was an interesting session, and good to get the two facilitators' (Jonathan Haynes and someone else whose name I have unfortunately temporarily forgotten) views. I remember being struck by Jonathan saying how he found Twitter enabled him to have the odd chat with e.g. celebrities who he would not normally come across. Sunday morning I managed to get there on time, despite my train getting delayed (what's new on a Sunday) and facilitated by a taxi [phew] - for the discussion, including Suzanne Moore, Jonathan Haynes (again), and a couple of others - they must have started early in introducing themselves if they did. I was amused by Suzanne saying how useful Twitter was to find someone to help with her child's physic homework; someone else pointed out that her experience was probably due to her 'known-ness' along with c 16000 followers, or however many there are. Thus, illustrating the topic of the discussion. Food for thought for me. I also remember Jonathan talking about how it can take a while to 'get' Twitter, and I feel a bit more au fait with this now. Such an interesting, stimulating weekend - and clever to organise such beautiful weather of course. A mate showed up, and showed me the nearby canal - quite a different flavour to York Way and all that. Thanks, Tammy!