A funny thing happened on the way to way to the Ad Age Digital Marketing conference. In the midst of Madison Avenue types discussing the impact of digital on the relationship between brands and customers—a small handful of audience members including myself, Steve Rubel and David Polinchock instinctively fired up Twitter and before you knew it, a couple of thousand people who could not be at the event were following along and even chiming in on what was going down at the event. To be clear, though this was no SXSW and many of my "tweets" were a bit silly it still managed to get the attention of Ad Age itself.
"Not too far from the twittering crowd
Ad Age's digital editor, Abbey Klaassen, passed this along: "While this is no SXSW by twitter-level standards, there is some isolated twittering going on in the audience. (Yes, this is a digital conference but, unlike South By Southwest, there are clearly a lot of brand folks and general marketers in the audience and they're not necessarily as steeped in interactive as the web developers who attended the Texas event last week.) I did, however, catch up with Critical Mass's David Armano (twitter.com/armano) and Edelman's Steve Rubel (twitter.com/steverubel), both Day Two speakers, who are filing updates.
My first thought? Yikes! Please don't let anything here turn out like Sarah Lacy. As you may recall, Business Week's Lacy interviewed Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a SXSW session that was panned in real time by the twittering audience. So I warned them: Be nice, or people will pay you back with snarky Twitter posts while you're on stage. No they won't, they replied, confidently -- because everyone who twitters will be on stage. Damn. So true."
It was an interesting day for me. I'm definitely more comfortable with user experience Web types, but hey—every experience is an adventure right? I definitely had fun Twittering. More coverage below and my panel is tomorrow!