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Call for Characters: Announcing #140conf Los Angeles and London

Friday, July 10th, 2009

The 140 Characters Conference (#140conf) that took place June 16-17 2009 is now history. In two days, approx. 140 people spoke on one stage in 69 different sessions. You can now watch the videos from the conference. Special thanks to everyone who participated in the event, both in person and on the net.

I am looking for a new “Cast of Characters” for #140conf: LA taking place October 27/28 in the Wadsworth Theater in Los Angeles as well as for #140conf: London taking place November 10/11. (Special thanks to Kodak who is the title sponsor of both events.)

Once again I plan to look at twitter as a platform and look at the effects of twitter on: Celebrity, “The Media”, Advertising and Politics as well as other topics based on the proposals received.

I believe we are now living in “The State of NOW” (see: http://pulverblog.pulver.com/archives/008950.html ) and that the advent of the NOW Internet has ushered in a new era of the net whose effects will be felt for some time to come.  #140conf is not a twitter conference where we will be intentionally sharing twitter “tips and techniques” but rather an event which will be exploring the effects of the NOW Internet on the future of various industries around the world. It just happens I believe twitter is the language of the NOW Internet and I look at the people who are using twitter as a fundamental part of their business as pioneers in this new space.

If you know someone whose approach to business has been affected by twitter, I would appreciate it if you could nominate them to be a character at one or both of my upcoming events. (You can also feel free to nominate yourself.) If you have an idea/suggestion for a panel, please feel free to suggest the speakers. Please feel free to email your suggestions to jeff @ pulver.com. (You can also free free to tweet your nomination(s)).

I plan on keeping the format of the event fast past with the majority of the individual speaking spots limited to 10 minutes and the panels to be no more than 20 minutes.

The deadline for this “Call for Characters” is July 24th but, if possible, I would appreciate receiving your feedback before the deadline.

– Jeff Pulver

#140conf Rebroadcast - June 29 and June 30th

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

You are invited to participate in the re-broadcast of the 140 Characters Conference which will be taking place on June 29th and June 30th.

This will be a “Director’s Cut” re-broadcast as some of the speakers will be tweeting while their session is being re-broadcast.

The broadcast starts at 11 AM (EST) each day.

To watch the re-broadcast, visit http://140conf.com/watch

Hope you can join us on Monday and Tuesday for the re-broadcast. Please include #140conf when you tweet about the content you are watching.

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The 140 Character Conference - Day 1 Rebroadcast Schedule
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June 29th Schedule: (Time is EST)
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1. 11:00 AM - Jeff Keni Pulver (@jeffpulver), creator/founder/host #140conf
“The State of NOW”

2. 11:15 AM - Jack Dorsey (@jack) - creator, co-founder & Chairman, twitter

3. 11:27 AM - Tim O’Reilly (@timoreilly) - Founder and CEO, O’Reilly Media.
“What twitter has taught me”

4. 11:43 AM - Fred Wilson (@fredwilson) - is a VC and principal of Union Square Ventures:
“The Power of Passed Links and Earned Media”

5. 11:53 AM - John Borthwick - CEO of betaworks
“The twitter Ecosystem”

6. 12:05 AM - avid Saranga (@DavidSaranga) - Consul for Media and Public Affairs at the Israeli Consulate in New York
“The use of Twitter in Public Diplomacy”

7. 12:19 AM twitter: Newspapers
“The effect of twitter on Newspapers”

Participants:
John Boitnott (@jboitnott) - Social Media strategist, Village Voice
Erick Schonfeld (@erickschonfeld) - co-editor, TechCrunch
Etan Horowitz (@etanowitz) - Technology writer, Orlando Sentinel
Patrick LaForge (@palafo) - Director of the Copy Desks, The New York Times
Peter A. McKay (@peteramckay) - Writer, Wall Street Journal

8. 12:42 AM - Howard Lindzon (@howardlindzon) - Wallstrip Creator, Hedge Fund Manager, Venture Fund Manager and StockTwits.com
“Living in a twitter world.”

9. 12:50 AM - twitter: TV
“what twitter means to TV shows and their producers”

Participants:
Caissie St.Onge (@Caissie) - Writer/Producer, Best Week Ever
Craig Engler (@Craigatscifi) - SVP and GM of Sci Fi Digital.
Gavin Purcell (@gavinpurcell) - co-producer, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
Shelly Palmer (@shelly_palmer) - Host, MediaBytes. President, NATAS–NY and the Emmy Awards. Author, Television Disrupted

10. 1:12 PM - Liz Strauss (@lizstrauss)”
Marketing for the eavesdroppers in the tridimensional conversation”

11. 1:22 PM - Stowe Boyd (@stoweboyd)
“The evolution of Microsyntax”

12. 1:33 PM - “The effects of twitter on My Business
or how things are different now because of twitter. The corporate perspective”

Participants:
Brian Solis (@briansolis) - Principal of FutureWorks
Brook Lundy (@someecards) - Co-Founder and Head Writer, someecards
Marcel LeBrun (@lebrun) - CEO, Radian6
Tony Hsieh (@zappos) - CEO, Zappos.com

13. 1:54 PM - Maegan Carberry (@maegancarberry) - Blogger, Huffington Post // CauseCast // Lifehack; co-host Variety’s Wilshire and Washington, Managing Editor, truuconfessions.com.
“Politics: possibilities of bipartisanship and/or post-partisanship on Twitter. “

14. 2:05 PM - “twitter as a News Gathering Tool”

Participants:
Ann Curry (@AnnCurry) - News Anchor on NBC’s Today Show and host of Dateline NBC
Rick Sanchez (@ricksanchezcnn) - Host of the 3PM weekday edition of CNN Newsroom
Robert Scoble (@Scobleizer)
Ryan Osborn (@todayshow) - Producer, NBC Today Show

15. 2:41 PM - John A. Byrne (@JohnAByrne) - Editor in Chief, BusinessWeek.com
“The Business Week perspective on twitter”

16. 3:04 PM - James Cox (@imajes)
“The story behind CNNBRK”

17. 3:14 PM - Moeed Ahmad (@moeed) - Head of New Media Technology and Future Media Department Technology Division, Al Jazeera Network
“The Al Jazeera Twitter Strategy”

18. 3:26 PM - Jeremy Epstein (@jer979) - Marketing Navigator, Never Stop Marketing
“How I followed Jeff Pulver on Twitter for 16 Months and Ended Up on This Stage: Twitter as a Strategic Relationship Building Tool”

19. 3:38 PM - Christopher R. Weingarten (@1000TimesYes) - Music Writer, RollingStone.com and Village Voice
“Twitter and the End Of Music Criticism”

20. 3:49 PM - Jeffrey Hayzlett (@JeffreyHayzlett) - Chief Marketing Officer, Kodak
“Kodak and twitter: What we are learning”

21. 4:10 PM - Kevin Slavin - founder area/code
“Things that twitter”

22. 4:21 PM - twitter: Music
“Exploring the use of twitter in the Music Industry”

Participants:
Jim Jones (@jimjonescapo) - Recording artist
Leslie Hall (@dollyhall) - Principal, ICED Media
Ted Cohen (@TAGStrategic) - Managing Partner
Xavier Jernigan (@xjernigan) - Director, Digital Marketing & Strategy at Universal Motown Republic Group

23. 4:40PM twitter: Sports
“A look at how twitter is used in Pro Sports”

Participants:
ESPN Katie Richman (@ESPN_ProdGirl)
Jeramie McPeek (@SunsWebmaster) - Webmaster, Phoenix Suns
Kathleen Hessert (@kathleenhessert) - President, Sports Media Challenge
troy murphy (@troy_murphy) - Forward, Indiana Pacers

24. 4:57 PM - Musicians, Bloggers and Twitter
“The new Artist / Fan Relationship”

Participants:
BarbaraJones (@BarbaraJones)
Diane Birch (@dianebirch) - Recording Artist
Steve Greenberg (@steviegpro) - founder & CEO, S-Curve Records
(includes a performance by Diane Birch)

25. 5:19 PM - twitter: Moms
“Exploring the way Moms use twitter”

Participants:
Audrey McClelland (@AudreyMcClellan) - Co-owner of MomGenerations.com
Jessica Gottlieb (@JessicaGottlieb)
Lindsay Maines (@rockandrollmama)
Maya Bisineer (@thinkmaya)

26. 5:43 PM - Laura Fitton (@Pistachio) - Founder, oneforty inc. and co-Author Twitter for Dummies
“twitter: A Love Story”

27. 5:54 PM - Sharon Glassman (@sharonglassman) - Funny-smart author, HuffPost blogger, performing speaker
“Geek, Dorks, Nerds: How to make your most “uncool” self your Tweetest asset.”

28. 6:01 PM - twitter and Mad Men
“A look at the story behind the story about MadMen who twitter. Surprise Mad Man will be unveiled at #140Conf!”

Participants:
Carri Bugbee (@peggyolson)
Helen Klein Ross (@bettydraper)

29. 6:18 PM - Brad Fidler (@brad_fidler)
“Twitter Freedoms”

30. 6:30 PM - Andrew Keen (@ajkeen)
“Twitter and power”

31. 6:41 PM - twitter Celebs
“the making of a twitter celebrity”

Participants:
adventuregirl (@adventuregirl)
Chris Brogan (@chrisbrogan) - President, New Marking Labs
Julia Roy (@juliaroy) - Senior Agent of Social Life™ at Undercurrent and Creator/Host of Tweet Week, a weekly vlog about Twitter youtube.com/tweetweek
Justine (@ijustine)

32. 7:02 PM - Rajesh Setty (@UpbeatNow) - Entrepreneur, Author and Speaker
“ThinkTweet: Books that tweet”

33. 7:13 PM - “twitter: For the Social Good”

Participants:
Adam Hirsch (@adamhirsch) - COO, Mashable.com
Amanda Rose (@amanda) - Founder, @twestival
drew olanoff (@drew) - #BlameDrewsCancer
Liane Thompson (@missilecitykids)
StaceyMonk (@StaceyMonk) - Founder of Epic Change and TweetsGiving.

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Day 2 Rebroadcast Schedule
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June 30th Schedule: (Time is EST)
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1. 11:00 AM - Mike Koehler (@mkokc) - New Media Director for STF | PR, creator of #OKstorms, #OKice; former multimedia guru at NewsOK/Opubco
“Using twitter for Public Safety”

2. 11:13 AM - Eric Peterson (@erictpeterson)
“twitter Stats”

3. 11:24 AM - Mahesh Murthy (@maheshmurthy) - Founder, Pinstorm
“twitter’s role in an integrated digital marketing plan”

4. 11:35 AM - Steve Rubel (@steverubel) - SVP, Director of Insights, Edelman Digital
“twitter and PR”

5. 11:47 AM - twitter: Book Publishing
“Lies My Twitter Never Told Me” - Twitter Rocks Publishing; Authors Crush It!

Participants:
Debbie Stier (@debbiestier) - SVP, Associate Publisher, Harper Studio
Kaylie Jones (@KaylieJones) - Novelist. Her upcoming memoir is: “Lies My Mother Never Told Me.” Her bestsellig novel: “A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries” (Merchant Ivory film)
Kevin Heisler (@KevinHeisler) - Literary Executor
Ron Hogan (@RonHogan) - Curator, Beatrice.com

6. 12:05 PM - Chris Brogan (@chrisbrogan) - President, New Marking Labs
“twitter and Trust Agents”

7. 12:27 PM - “twitter as the GPS for the Greater Social Media Mesh”

Participants:
Aaron Strout (@AaronStrout) - CMO, Powered, Inc.
Brian Morrissey (@bmorrissey) - Digital Editor at Adweek
David Berkowitz (@dberkowitz) - Emerging Media Director, 360i
Hadley Stern (@hadleystern) - Vice-President, Fidelity Labs
Peter Fasano (@pfasano) - Principal/Lead Catalyst, Mass+Logic

8. 12:49 PM - “twitter and Serendipity”
Sol Lipman, (@solster), co-founder 12 Seconds.TV

9. 1:00 PM - “twitter: Video”

Participants:
Christian Payne (@Documentally)
Jeffrey Hayzlett (@JeffreyHayzlett) - CMO, Kodak
Steve Garfield (@stevegarfield)
Sukhjit Ghag (@sukhjit)

10. 1:21 PM - Bronwen Clune (@bronwen) - CEO, Norg Media
“Twitter, the media and chaos theory”

11. 1:32 PM - “White House Correspondency in the Age of Twitter”

Participants:
Ana Marie Cox (@anamariecox) - National Correspondent for Air America radio
Jason Linkins (@dceiver) - Editor of the Huffington Post’s “Eat The Press” blog.
Jim Long (@newmediajim) - photojournalist, NBC News
Mike Madden (@mikemadden) - Salon.com Washington correspondent

12. 1:54 PM - “twitter and Brands: Lessons learned and learning”

Participants:
Jeff Simmermon (@jeffTWC) - Director Digital Communications
jeffTWC (@jeffTWC) - Director Digital Communications
Jennifer Cisney (@kodakCB) - Kodak’s Chief Blogger
John Bell (@jbell99) - Managing Director, Ogilvy’s 360 Digital Influence practice
John Wolf (@MarriottIntl) - Senior Director, Public Relations, Marriott Intl

13. 2:12 PM - Marlooz (@marlooz) - Filmmaker and internetjunkie
“Love 2.0″

14. 2:28 PM - “twitter: Publishing
People Get Real: forward-thinking publishing experts discuss twitter and how it is loved & feared in-industry and what this means for you”

Participants:
Ami Greko (@ami_with_an_i) - Digital Marketing Manager, Macmillan.
Colleen Lindsay (@ColleenLindsay) - Literary Agent, FinePrint
Richard Nash (@R_Nash) - former publisher of Soft Skull Press; publishing guru
Russ Marshalek (@russmarshalek) - Freelance book publicist
Ryan Chapman (@chapmanchapman) - Digital Marketing, Macmillan

15. 2:44 PM - Hjortur Smarason (@hjortur) - Editor in chief: IMinnovation.org; Co-founder: IfTheWorldCouldVote.com
“How I became a twitter character - rules of engagement”

16. 2:56 PM - Scott Porad (@scottporad) - Cheezburger Technology Officer; Company: I Can Has Cheezburger?
“Follow Friday”

17. 3:06 PM - “twitter and Science”

Participants:
Deborah Berebichez (@thesciencebabe)
Michelle Gill (@jayhawkbabe)

18. 3:18 PM - twitter: Apps
“A look at twitter apps and their road ahead”

Participants:
Adam Ostrow (@adamostrow)
Adarsh Pallian (@pallian)
Bernard Desarnauts (@bernard_d) - SVP International & GM Europe, Glam Media
Iain Dodsworth (@iaindodsworth)
Jodee Rich (@WingDude)

19. 3:40 PM - Heather Gold (@heathr)
“Being “Private” in Public”

20. 3:51 PM - Gary Vaynerchuk (@garyvee)
“Scaling and Caring”

21. 4:02 PM - “twitter: The Interview”

Chris Sacca interviews multi-platinum musician, actor, and producer Wyclef Jean about what Twitter means to him and the impact he sees it having on the entertainment industry.

Participants:
Chris Sacca (@sacca)
Wyclef Jean (@wyclef) - multi-platinum Haitian-American musician, actor, producer and former-member of the hip hop trio The Fugees. Wyclef has sold more than 31 million albums.

22. 4:27 PM - “Digital Diplomacy and Cultural Collaboration”

Participants:
Andrew Kneale (@andrewkneale) - Transatlantic Project Coordinator. British Council
Evan M. O’Neil (@gpi) - Global Policy Innovations Magazine
Joshua Fouts (@josholalia) - Senior Fellow, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs; Senior Fellow, Digital Media and Public Policy, The Center for the Study of the Presidency Chief Global Strategist, Dancing Ink Productions, LLC
Michael Jay Friedman (@americagovprint) - U.S. Dept. of State (IIP/PUBP)
Rita J. King (@RitaJKing) - CEO and Creative Director, Dancing Ink Productions

23. 4:36 PM - JP Rangaswami (@jobsworth) - Managing Director, BT Design
“twitter in the Enterprise”

24. 4:58 PM - “Designing User Experiences for Twitter”

Participants:
Jayson Elliot (@JaysonElliot) - Director of User Experience, Wunderman
Jeff Dachis (@jeffdachis) - CEO, Dachis Corporation; Senior Partner, Bond Art + Science
Karen McGrane (@karenmcgrane) - Senior Partner, Bond Art + Science
Whitney Hess (@whitneyhess) - Independent user experience designer

25. 5:10 PM - Sudha Jamthe (@sujamthe)
“BottomUp innovation”

26. 5:22 PM - Stephanie Agresta (@StephAgresta) - EVP, Global Director of Digital Strategy and Social Media at Porter Novelli.
“twitter: Affiliate Marketing”

27. 5:39 PM - “twitter and Small Business”

Participants:
Aliza Sherman (@alizasherman)
Brian Moran (@BrianMoran) - Founder/Pres Moran Media Group
Rieva Lesonsky (@Rieva) - Founder/CEO of Grow Biz Media.

28. 5:59 PM - “Twitter & The Effect Of Social Media on Fashion Brands & Retailers”

Participants:
Macala Wright (@Macala) - Director of Online Marketing, 1928 Jewelry
Yuli Ziv (@YuliZ) - co-Founder of My”It”Things

29. 6:11 PM - “Across the pond - UK Media Panel
Open forum with journalists, authors and microbloggers from the UK looking at how twitter is shaping and disrupting across different media and news projects.”

Participants:
Ande Gregson (@media140) - founder, media140
Kate AG (@RadioKate) - Microblogger/Project Catalyst BBC
Paul Carr (@paulcarr) - Author and Guardian columnist

30. 6:32 PM - “The Wisdom of Twitter”

Participants:
Dean Landsman (@DeanLand)
Howard Greenstein (@howardgr)

31. 6:46 PM - Callie Kimball (@calindrome) - Project Manager, Media Works at NBC Universal, and Playwright.
“All the Web’s A Stage: The arts as a shared experience on Twitter.”

32. 6:56 PM - Jeffrey Sass (@sass) - VP Biz Dev, Myxer
“Everything I Know About Twitter I Learned In Grade School”

33. 7:08 PM - Melissa Pierce (@melissapierce) - Producer, Life In Perpetual Beta Film Series
“The Documentary that happened because of twitter”

34. 7:19 PM - Marah (@marahverse)
“twitter: poetry”

Watch: http://blip.tv/file/2269437

35. 7:29 PM - James Gross (@TheJames) - Vice President, Federated Media
“Advertising with twitter”

36. 7:42 PM - “A look at twitter services, apps and what’s next”

Participants:
Albert Maruggi (@AlbertMaruggi)
Mario Menti (@mario) - twitterfeed.com founder
+ special guests

Recap: 140 Characters Conference - June 16/17 in NYC

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

In the end, the 140 Characters Conference (#140conf) turned out to be two of the best days of my life. There was an energy present in the room which was pretty amazing. Just watch part II of “twitter of a News Gathering Tool” to get a feel of what I am referring to. Feel free to browse some of the blog posts and news stories posted to: http://140conf.com/news to hear what some of the attending delegates had to say about the event.

#140conf brought together a community of people with diverse backgrounds from across multiple industries from literally around the world. There are too many people to thank for their individual contributions but I just wanted everyone to know that their contributions were appreciated and I look forward to working with them again.

One of my goals of creating and producing #140conf was to in effect enable what could be best described as: “Social Media Heterosis” (hybrid vigor in the social media space) and cross connect communities which are all using twitter as a platform to communicate for their business but would have otherwise have never had any reason to meet each or connect with each other. (Special thanks to Becky McCray for introducing me to the word “hybrid vigor”)

I first started creating / hosting / producing events in 1996. Over the years the formats of my events have evolved and what 500 people experienced last week at New World Stages was my new recipe for producing events. I believe most events suffer from too-many-breakout-sesion-itis. My solution to this problem is to offer everyone the same shared common experience. This is a chance for everyone who chooses to be in the room to hear what everyone else is saying. This is a chance for a community to bond together and a chance for a voice to resonate. This is why I choose to produce the event on an off-Broadway stage and why I ran everything in the same room.

I believe that everyone IS a Character. That every voice is important and should be heard. While I hope my guests enjoyed hearing from some of the people they knew of before they attended #140conf, I also hope they brought home the voices of some of the people who they didn’t know before but discovered at #140conf. (Personally, I thought Christopher R. Weingarten from RollingStone.com was just amazing. Watch his performance at: http://pulverblog.pulver.com/archives/008954.html)

The introduction of the 10 minute speaker format (see #140conf schedule) mostly worked and offered an opportunity for the discovery of more people and more information than can happen in a traditional conference setting. If you would like to view some of the 69 recorded video sessions from #140conf, you can request viewing access by visiting: http://140conf.com/mailing-list.

I believe the “State of NOW” represents a big shift in the nature of how we will use the Internet and I look at just about everyone who is a member of the #140conf community to be a pioneer in this new field. I believe I achieved my stated goal of “producing an event that explored the use of twitter as a platform and looked at the effects of twitter on: Celebrity, The Media, Advertising and Politics.”

The goal wasn’t to be “just a twitter conference” but rather look at how a diverse group of people are being effected by twitter and provide a platform for people to listen, learn and connect with the people who were sharing their voices and perspectives.

As my short conference format evolves, I am sure it will offer more time for interactive questions. I did ask each of the Characters who spoke to make it a point to stay around and talk with everyone. I thank everyone who listened and I hope more will take this request to heart at future events. When we take questions from the audience, I will ask that questions and/or statements are done in 140 characters or less to allow more time for interaction.

Based on the success of #140conf, I have already started work on two additional events, #140conf: LA and #140conf: London. It is my intention for each event to build upon the characteristics of the city which is located in while continuing to add to the diversity of the communities represented.

I’m happy to announce that Kodak has come forward to be the title sponsor of both #140conf: LA and #140conf: London. This said, I am looking for other companies interested in sponsoring as well as companies which would like to be part of the #140conf Application Showcase.

I am also looking for people to nominate “Characters” for these events. The nomination process is already underway. The deadline for nominations is: July 24th. (If you have any questions about this process, please feel free to contact me directly.)

Special thanks to Social Approach and the work they continue to put into http://live.140conf.com. You can use their platform to subscribe to all of the characters from #140conf.

Special thanks also to our #140conf exhibitors:

- 140Ware
- Chatterbox
- CoTweet
- Glam Media - Tinker
- hootsuite
- Keenkong
- Kodak
- PeopleBrowsr

Special thanks also to Porter Novelli who sponsored our VIP Reception on June 15th and to Partners 1993, Inc. who sponsored our Networking Party on June 16th.

Please visit http://140conf.com to receive updates regarding future events. Please also follow @140conf on twitter.

— Jeff Pulver

The 140 Characters Conference - Networking Party

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

On the evening of June 16th, I am hosting the 140 Characters Conference Networking Party.

Friends are invited to join me and the “cast of characters” who are in town from around the world for  the 140 Characters Conference for a networking / cocktail party

The cost is: $50 in advance and $75 at the door.

Click here to register and be sure to select “140 Conf: Networking Party Only (June 16th)”

This will be a great evening of networking and the biggest networking event of it kind so far this year in New York City.

Hope  you can join me.

— Jeff Pulver

Are you a Character? Send your “shout out” to the 140 Characters Conference

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

The 140 Characters Conference, taking place June 16th and 17th in New York City has attracted a very dynamic cast of characters.

This is an open “casting call” looking for people who are on twitter who would like to record a “shout out” to the people who will be joining me in New York City at the 140 Characters conference. These “shout out” videos will be shown during the breaks in the conference program.

If you are character and would like to be seen and heard at the 140 Characters Conference, please use 12Seconds to record
record your “shout out” to the people attending the 140 Characters Conference.

Please be sure to include your name and location in your 12Seconds video. Once you have recorded your video, please tweet it with #140conf hash tag.

The deadline to have your “shout out” video considered is June 11th.

Congrats to Jay Moonah, winner of the “I’m a Character” Contest

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

Jay Moonah, @jmoonah entry came in first place in the 140 Characters Conference, “I’m a Character” contest.

Second place went to @FrankAdman and third place was awarded to the following people: @roald, @ladyleet, @dudetodad, @KwanzaHall, @scandalous.

I look forward to catching with these characters at the 140 Characters Conference taking place in New York City on June 16/17th.

— Jeff Pulver

Exploring: “The State of Now”

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

Since announcing the 140 Characters Conference, while working on the event, I have been thinking about the moment in time we are experiencing, in what feels like the early days of something new and different.

Living and experiencing information in The Now is just different when compared to the way we are used to experiencing things. Since the launch of the commercial internet in 1993 we may have been on-line in real-time, but we experienced access to information that was slightly old to ancient. Today access to information has changed so much in the past year that today we are now living in “The State of Now.”

And while the event is called the 140 Characters Conference and is bringing together a worldwide twitter community together, the phenomena of The State of Now is much bigger than twitter. I believe when we think about what businesses have been effected by the disruption caused with the ability for just about anyone to be able to experience information in real-time isn’t something that is going away anytime soon, regardless of what eventually may happen to who ends up owning the twitter platform. We are not about to go back in time, but only forward and I look forward to having a chance to better understand the way things are and the way they may become because of the change agent known as twitter.

Some thoughts about #140conf and exploring the “State of Now” from the mind of Jeff Keni Pulver:

Some of the entries from our “I am a Character” Contest:

Saturday, May 30th, 2009

During the past week I have a received a number of entries from Characters in the “I am a Character” contest.

Some of the videos being considered this weekend include:

From: @FrankAdman:

@FrankAdman on twitter from Frank Adman on Vimeo.

From: @jmoonah

From: @roald

From: @ladyleet

I have fallen in love with a conference… the 140 Characters Conference from LadyLeet on Vimeo.

From: @dudetodad

From: @KwanzaHall

From: @scandalous

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Special thanks to everyone who took the time to enter the contest. The winner will be contacted by June 1st and announced on or before June 2nd.

“Winners will be selected on the basis of (1) content (25%), (2) creativity (25%), (3) technique (25%), and (4) humor (25 %).”

This said, feel free to take a moment and vote on YOUR favorite video:

- Jeff Pulver

Special offer for Startups looking to attend 140 Characters Conference:

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

Since 1999, over the years, I have offered qualifying startups wishing to register to my conferences, sponsor and/or exhibit at my events an alternative payment option, something I called the “Equity=Cash”(tm) option.

I did this back in 1999 to help support the nascent VoIP industry and I am back with a similar offer to show my support for the people involved in helping to define the social media ecosystem.

Starting today, I am once again offering a new payment method for: delegates, exhibitors and sponsors who wish to be involved the 140 Character conference.

What’s the catch? The startups that qualify for this alternative payment method are determined solely at my personal discretion. Second, equity can only be used to pay for up to 50% of the amount due.

Over the years, I’ve been asked by a number of start-up CEOs to consider an alternative payment method for our conference delegates (and exhibitors). By taking advantage of this payment option, additional start-ups will be able to take advantage of the business networking opportunities the 140 Characters Conference will be known for.

If you are interested in learning more about this, please contact: jeff@pulver.com

- Jeff Pulver

Announcing: The “I am a Character” Contest

Friday, May 15th, 2009

We’re looking for inspired people to create a video clip that says to anyone who watches the video that  “I am a Character.”  Please be sure to mention the 140 Characters Conference in your submission, as we believe the 140 Characters Conference is a great place for others to get to know the character known as YOU. (You might also want to reference twitter in your video.)

To get started, record your video clip (or episode of your Internet TV Show) and then Submit your Contest Entry and be sure to include a link to 140 Character Conference (http://140conf.com) in the show’s notes.  tweet the entry (including #140conf)  before 11:59PM (ET) on May 29, 2009, and you’ll be entered into the contest. Winners will be announced around June 2nd and we expect all of the winners will make it a point to attend the 140 Character Conference June 16-17 in New York City. (Winning prizes are not transferable.)

GRAND PRIZE: VIP Access to 140 Characters Conference + Round Trip transportation from any jetBlue or Virgin America city to NYC.  (up to US $2,000 value)

SECOND PRIZE: VIP Access to 140 Characters Conference  (US$ 1,200 value)

THIRD PRIZE: Full Conference Access to 140 Characters Conference  (US$ 900 value)

For more information, please see the “Contest Rules” page.

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