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I’m going to webdu!

I came home and logged in to my Twitter account to find no less than four random people suddenly following me. I originally thought they were spammers but on closer inspection I found out that they were all @webdu followers, plus @webdu itself.

“Huh!” thought I, “Must have found me by searching for #webdu and getting my haiku”

I should back up a bit here, hehe.

I first heard about webDU’s Twitter competition when I read a friend’s entry in his feed. WebDU is an annual web technology conference in the Asia-Pacific region. This year it’s in Sydney.

It looked very cool, so I thought I would enter the Twitter competition myself to get a conference pass. Here is my tweet:

A Haiku:

My skills are strong, but
The economy is not
Grad job, I must find 🙂

Where else could I network better than at webdu?

I only posted it yesterday! So I didn’t think that all of those new followers could have come from me winning a pass but that’s just what had happened! I’m so excited! I never win at those “25 words or less” style competitions. Clearly, the “140 characters or less” competitions go better for me!

I have to admit that I didn’t imagine my career focus to be in web technology – at least not to begin with. But it’s been a personal interest of mine for years – especially after becoming an Anita Borg finalist and visiting the Google offices in Sydney. So webDU should be fantastic!

Speaking of Google, some of their staff will be presenting there. I can’t wait to meet up with them again! I caught up with some other Googlers and Anita Borg finalists last night at Melbourne University’s Google Coffee Club too. Great fun! And to cap off these Google-ful few days, Google Australia was awarded the #1 spot in BRW’s Great Places To Work list. I’d believe it for sure!

Wow, tonight has been crazy. But I’m excited! I can’t wait for webDU! Anyone else going? I’ll see you there!

Twitter

I have known about Twitter for a long time but since I already tracked my friends on Facebook, LiveJournal and other blogs, I didn’t really want to add yet another website to add to my “check regularly” list. Besides, I didn’t know anyone who Twittered, besides a few high-profile celebrities.

But now my list of Twittering friends has grown – as have the uses for Twitter. It’s pretty remarkable what it can be used for. Obviously there are the promotional and marketing purposes, but the real-time status updates are very powerful too (it was really fascinating to read the updates by those affected by Hurricane Gustav).

Another thing that has changed since Twitter first appeared is the increased integration of web technologies. So I don’t need to check x number of blogs, Facebook, LiveJournal and then the Twitter website. The Twitter application for Facebook and RSS feeds straight to my Google Reader mean that I only have to keep an eye on two websites for all my internet news updates.

So, I have jumped on the Twitter bandwagon – perhaps quite late – but better late than never. There may not be too many updates from me, but if you’d like, you can now follow me on Twitter!

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