WordCamp Toronto Day 1 – Nice to actually meet you!

Through Twitter and other Social Media platforms I have online contacts that I have only met virtually.  Here I am at WordCamp Toronto 2010 with Susan Varty @wordtree.  We’ve been following each other on twitter and now we’ve actually met.  Sue is a Technical Writer who also does Social Media training.  For me the best part of WordPress Toronto was meeting people.

The Keynote Speaker, Jeremy Wright opened WordCamp with a message that helped set the tone.   Jeremy spoke about  Why and How Social Media Fails including issues like spam (a reality of social media); twitter interns and automation (cheapens what we do);  follower counts (don’t really matter); and hypocrisy. 

Jeremy went on to provide some filtering tips for interactions:

  • Listen more than you talk
  • Give more than you get
  • SOCIAL media not social MEDIA
  • Don’t approach people with a business card in hand… give it when there is an indication that it is desired
  • If you hear the word leverage – stay away

#wcto2010I met great people and found that they were open and generous with their knowledge.  WordCamp Toronto was in keeping with the open source spirit and I really liked that.

I really enjoyed the blogging Success Stories that were interspersed between speakers on Day 1;  especially the blogging success story: Lunch with Mary.  

Here I am with Janet Barclay… we grew up on the same street, went to the same schools and she was good friends with my sister!  And we both became web designers.  It’s a small world.

8 comments on “WordCamp Toronto Day 1 – Nice to actually meet you!
  1. So great to see you and hang out with you during the two days of WordCamp. Our picture is awesome thanks to Janet too!

  2. Thanks for the mention (complete with photo)! I enjoyed meeting you to and look forward to getting to know you more through your blog and Twitter. (Kind of backwards to the way things usually work in social media!)

  3. Brad Gosse says:

    My assistant grabbed an image of you asking q’s during my talk 🙂

    It was great meeting you as well.

  4. Anonymous says:

    This types of activity actually gives and opportunity to know each other in a much better way, get to know about the things running recently, whats the hottest things in the top most discussion, we can know who is more update regarding current affairs, share our feelings to others, can generate contacts, increases our own network by knowing others.

  5. Mary says:

    I'm glad you enjoyed my little chat at WordCamp and thanks for the link love. I feel like I missed the best part of the conference (i.e. the mingling) by having to run out so early.

  6. Mary says:

    Thanks for the link love and lovely comment on my blog 🙂

    If you’re serious about chatting for a post on your blog, let me know. Sounds fun!

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