by Carin Rogoff
As I am writing this I am overhearing a recruiting senior design director from Chicago and a San Francisco-based interaction designer talk about Twitter.
The designer wanted to send a shout out and thank you to him and his company and stopped by to ask how to find him on Twitter. "Are you SearsUX or UXSears?"
On my first day in Boulder when I arrived to set up our Autodesk table, I met a girl setting up next to me and we discovered we had a mutual friend. We talked for a few minutes and she pulled out her phone and suggested we trade contact information. To my surprise, what came out of her mouth was, "What's your Twitter handle?".
What is it with these people and Twitter?
Ok, ok, I use Twitter. I consider myself a casual user. I used to go for days without a tweet, now I probably average 1-3 a day.
Twitter is sort of the unofficial PA system for the Interaction '11 conference. Attendees can check useful things like times of departing hotel shuttles and not-so-useful things if they're following the #ixd11 stream– like Alan Cooper ("Father of Visual Basic") showering in the dark due to a hotel power outage.
Sadly, if you're not using Twitter at this conference, you are missing out on half of the fun.
Here are some things I've done or seen on Twitter in the last 72 hours:
- People on MacBooks and iPads furiously scrolling through their preferred twitter clients as they take notes or well, write more tweets
- Reading tweets from people gushing over keynote speakers ("I wish I could be just one synapse in Brenda Laurel's mind")
- Unsuccessfully trying to track down an unofficial alumni dinner by following tweets