Updated on June 28, 2009
I reckon there were well over 100 people at this event, superbly organized by Farhan Rehman, Desigan Chinniah and Jon Bishop plus a host of contributor-organizers (the ones wearing dark blue t-shirts such as Matt Oâ€™Neill [photo] and Benjamin Ellis).
I was especially impressed by the excellent organization of the event. Thatâ€™s down to the three organizers â€“ Iâ€™d hire them to organize an event! â€“ and all the helpers plus the sponsors without whom I donâ€™t think TweetCamp could have happened.
According to the t-shirts (photo above by Adam Tinworth), those sponsors were PayPal â€“ the event took place in the UK office of their parent company, eBay â€“ Gumtree, Addlestones, mymuesli and Sun Startup Essentials.
Iâ€™ve recorded some thoughts in an Audiboo, below, but let me bullet-point some of my impressions.
- Excellent organization, as Iâ€™ve mentioned.
- The venue was great: good wifi but a seriously complicated WPA password, though.
- Terrific schwag in the goodies bag.
- The â€˜paper wikiâ€™ is an excellent concept but it didnâ€™t really capture peopleâ€™s imaginations. Hopefully creator Jon Bishop will explain his thinking sometime because it is a good idea.
- Everyone was well looked after in terms of refreshments (bacon butties to start, for instance, and an always-full Coke machine) and outstanding lunch with plenty to go round. Thanks again to the sponsors.
- Met loads of familiar faces plus an equal load of new ones: the essence of TweetCamp.
- Terrific conversation during the lunch period with Sarah Blow who sorted out my Tweetmeme plugin for WordPress and also ended my laptop sticker virginity.
- Equally great conversation with Chris Heuer who got what he wanted with a WordPress plugin to live-blog tweets.
- Another terrific conversation in the afternoon in a breakout group with James Cridland, Kate Arkless Gray and Jim Anning about the future and the role of social media such as Twitter. The answer, of course, is 42.
- Did I mention TweetCamp was well organized?