The Time Out Corner

March 23, 2009 10:02 AM

Twitter needs an “ignore this person for the next hour” button. What is it about going to conferences that makes normally interesting people think a bombardment of the minutiae of whatever panel they are currently attending is what their followers desperately want to read? I'd far, far rather read a paragraph of thoughtful, retrospective comment on someone's blog than have an ongoing stream of verbatim quotes clog up my phone.

To change the subject slightly, Merlin Mann: (via John Gruber)

Bullshit or no, good conferences attract good people for one reason; they know other good people will be there. You don’t go to act like a hero; you go to meet the people who are heroes to you. And, to me, there are 100-year opportunities for awesome in the hallways and bars and hotel rooms and even at the horseshit parties where loud music and free liquor turn a lot of people who should know better into retards and mooks.

For what it's worth, I'm going to be at the Atlassian Summit. I'm looking forward to meeting a lot of cool people doing cool shit with our software who I've only previously encountered over the Internet.

I'd just appreciate it if you didn't live-tweet the panels.

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