On November 17th 2009 the 140 Characters Conference (@140conf) will arrive to London, after two successful editions in New York and Las Vegas. Organized by Jeff Pulver, this series of events was originally born to discuss the “real-time web” and “the effects of twitter on: Celebrity, The Media, Advertising and (maybe) Politics” but in a short time evolved to “look at twitter as a platform and as a language we speak. Over time it will neither be the only platform nor the only language. #140conf is not an event about microblogging or the place where people share twitter “tips and techniques” but rather where we explore the effects of the real-time Internet on Business“.
The event gathers a very interesting group of people from different walks of life that are active on Twitter (see the list for London here) and promises to explore different industries, from big corporations (like Kodak with Jeffrey Hayzlett or Unilever with Babs Rangaiah) to sports, music, art and media.
140 Characters Conference represents itself as a great opportunity to gain further knowledge on a way of communication that is expanding at light speed, contaminating many disciplines (not only journalism) and in many cases changing how we learn about what’s happening around the world. Two clear cases of this change in paradigm are the recent “war 2.0” between Israel and Palestine and the elections in Iran.
As an example of the non conventional but powerful uses of the twitter platform, Pulver describes one of the various experiences of the event in Las Vegas:
One thing we all resonated with as homeless tweeter Ann Marie and Mark Hovarth who works with the homeless made us realize on twitter you are not alone. Your voice matters. In 2009 it is possible for people to use it as a platform to stand up and change the world. People have a platform to be heard. (read the full article)
I will be in London for this event so write me an email if you’ll be there too and we can meet for coffee or beer!