The Joy of Meeting People IRL – In Real Life

Meeting a Traffic Guard at Ground Zero

Meeting people in real life, in person, is cool. I write and speak a great about technology and social interaction. It’s my belief that modern technology offers wondrous things, but as with just about everything, there is a down side.  That “down side” is that you can be lulled to believe that you can do everything you need to do from the comfort of your computer.  Yes, you can do much more than at any time in human history, but the value of direct people contact can not be replaced by any new tech device, app, software, or web site.

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A Tweet Stream during the 140conf in New York


Tweets during my June 16, 2011 “talk” at the 140conf, New York

The following 81 tweets, pasted exactly as they were tweeted, occurred in the 35 minutes during and after my 10-minute “talk.” 54 took place during the 10 minutes I spoke! The time-stamp is PST, so they all took place 3-hours later in New York time. Read my personal review of the conference and my trip to New York with my son, too. While these tweet links appear “live,” they all seem to go back to my home page on Hootsuite, fyi:

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Dads Are Parents, Too – Speaking at the 140conf in NEW YORK


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View from the Observatory at the Empire State Building

My “talk” at the #140conf – Dads Are Parents, Too – Video taken by Aaron Sallan

Everyone in the world of Social Media understands the value of networking, the tools of the Internet, the various places to “travel” along the web, and occasionally the value of leaving the comfort of your laptop.  There are many major conferences held annually in the U.S. and internationally, but my recent attendance at the June 15-16, 2011 140conf in New York combined it all to offer this shy, reserved, dad blogger the time of his life — and to provide my 14-year-old son with literally the trip of his life. read more

Attending the #140conf AND Speaking!

This past Monday and Tuesday (October 4,5), I attended a fantastic conference oriented to people who use Twitter, work in Social Media, teach, want to learn and grow, and so much more. I also got to speak and my topic was (surprise surprise), “Dads Are Parents, Too.”

There were dozens of incredible speakers and it was all organized and created by Jeff Pulver (@jeffpulver) with assistance from the tireless (mom of three, I might add) Melissa Pierse (@melissapierce).
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Radio Show – The Family Dinner with SPECIAL Guests

Radio Show – The Family Dinner with SPECIAL Guests

First air date: Thursday, September 23, 2010

Featured guests:

Special Guest Kimberley Blaine (TheGoToMom) discussing her new book, The Go-To Mom’s Parents’ Guide to Emotion Coaching Young Children

Wayne Levine (BetterMen.Org) for “The Men’s Room”

Jeff Pulver (#140conf and @jeffpulver) for “Teen Rap”

Julie Spira (CyberDatingExpert) for “Single Parent Dating”

The column referenced is, “The Family Dinner.”
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