Thursday, October 22, 2009

Twitter Convention Twtrcon 09 @ Grand Hyatt

The Twitter for business convention TWTRCON took place at the Grand Hyatt in DC. The one day event featured dozens of interesting speakers talking about the uses of Twitter and other new social media for business, government, non-profit and charity uses. Hundreds of attendees represented everything from the Department of State to local customer service firms.

A few speakers of note:

Donors Choose is a charity that helps connector donors to classrooms in need. They gave out $5 donation cards to each attendee that they could redeem to the school of their choice.

Charity: Water is an amazing charity that works to provide clean drinking to the 1 billion people in the world who are lacking clean water.

Captain Sukach of the Air Force Public Affairs Agency told us interesting stories on how the military uses Twitter, and had a great quote of "if you are not failing you are not trying."

Craigslist.com founder Craig Newmark participated and was also a fan of Donors Choose. He stated that in order to succeed, "print media needs to restore trust" with their audience.