People gather to talk Twitter
Twitter is a matter of trends Tuesday – and not just on Twitter.
Real people were physically gathered at the Skirball Cultural Center in the two-day conference dedicated to micro-blogging site. Company co-founder Biz Stone opened the conference with a 40-minute speech on the origins of Twitter and its goal of achieving a positive overall impact, citing the importance of the site in organizing political protests worldwide.
The Conference boasted big names Twitter Tuesday, including San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and pro skateboarder Tony Hawk. Twitter Tag Event – (pound) ° 140TC – was a topic of trends in the evening.
Newsom, who told the conference attendees via the Internet telephone service Skype, said he was “trying to use Twitter, and this technology to improve the governance of our city.”
Hawk, meanwhile, participated in a panel with Twitter and famous actors Tyrese Gibson and LeVar Burton and “Celebrity Rehab” host Dr. Drew Pinsky.
The skater, who sent the infamous photo of yourself skate through the White House on your Twitter page, said he has “fully embraced” the site.
“I’m a total nerd,” he said. “I am a professional skateboarder.’m In the White House.’m (Going to) Tweet that up for sure.”
Rapper Chamillionaire and Curt Smith of Tears for Fears participated in a panel on how musicians can benefit from this page.
Smith said that Twitter allows you to “talk directly with people and not being translated by an interviewer or by a record company.” It is also a great tool to knock down rumors, Chamillionaire, said: “You can go straight to the point.”
Burton echoed those sentiments. “It put my career on my hands,” he said.
Ultimately, the celebrities, said the site is more valuable for branding – and apparently the group agrees on Parnassus. The Washington-based company that specializes in social media, both in the conference despite the fact that Twitter Twitter is not one of the customers who advertises on its corporate website. Income was $ 429
The Twitter Conference continues through Wednesday.
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AP entertainment writer Sandy Cohen tweeted from the conference Tuesday. Follow her at http://twitter.com/apsandy .
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