One criticism of the digital age is that 'living online' so-to-speak, takes away from real interactions with living, breathing human beings. Well, without being ironic, Twitter was the ultimate catalyst for 'meets & greets' at Sibos this year.
A whole slew of people I've never met, but knew on Twitter, came by and hung by the Finextra booth (I'd like to think it was my sparkling personality, but access to Wi-Fi and power points helped a bit as well ;-)
The impressively perky and prolific Tweeter, Erin McCune (@erinmccune) of Glenbrook Partners came by to hang with the Finextra crew after we both found ourselves across a crowded Innovation Keynotes session. I also met for the first time, face-to-face, Gareth
Lodge (@Gareth_Lodge) formerly of the Tower Group, now with Secura Monde; Cloud goddess Jackie Talyor of FlyingBinary (@FlyingBinary); Jacob Jegher of Celent (@jjegher) and Tom Coombes (@TomC_Cognito), CEO of Cognito.
Of course, I also hung out with Twitter buddies I've met before and always enjoy a chat with - Brett King (@brettking); the whole SunGard crew (although I keep missing John Avery(@john_avery) sorry John!). Jonathan Williams (@jmlw1) of Experian Payments
showed himself to be an excellent Tweeter during the sessions as well.
My Tweets also introduced me to a new person, Texan, Gary Thompson of CLOUD (Consortium for Local Ownership and Use of Data) (@CLOUDFinance) whom, if you're into digital identity and data standards, you will be hearing more from in the months ahead.
(If I missed anyone, I'm sorry, I'm still recovering!)
Aside from all the meets with 'real, air breathing people' Twitter also came into its own as a way for people not in Amsterdam last week to connect with Sibos and Sibos delegates. From retweets, to questions for our Social Media panel, to just snarky comments
on various sessions and dancing, besuited party goers. (hey, give me a break, I'm a jounrno)
Twitter became a way to meet, interact, gain information and just conduct a good old fashioned chin-wag - it didn't lessen the need to be present at Sibos - it just enhanced the delegate's presence there. That isn't living in cyberspace, this is real life
now. May more people get on Twitter for next year (and maybe Swift can sort out some decent event-wide Wi-Fi for Toronto ;-)