That's how it's been for the past couple of years.
But, after the Personal Democracy Forum Conference 2009( PDF09), I have discovered benefits that twitter can have for my life. I did not attend PDF09, but was intensely interested in the conference proceedings.
From my office, a whole continent away, I was able to follow twitter posts (tweets) from the conference. I was able to tweet back. My little posts appeared on screens in the conference venue, with thousands of others.
I was able to follow many of the conference sessions that interested me.
I also started some friendships. I asked a gentleman named Matt Danzico if he I could interview him about his conference experiences through skype. He was very so kind to spend a few minutes talking to me.
I was also really pleased to meet Jill Zimon. She live blogged many of the conference sessions and I got a chance to follow along and sometimes add my 2 cents. Jill is running for her city council - and I am looking forward to following her campaign as well. Maybe, even add my 2 cents sometimes if appropriate.
Two wonderful people who represent many many others with whom I had more fleeting encounters with at PDF09.
The wonders of technology. And the amount of great people in this world doing valuable work.