Traveling Geeks 09 Paris: Microblog via Twitter

by on December 21, 2009 at 4:53 am

BlackBerry_BoldMy platform of choice during theTwitter Traveling Geeks 09 trip to Paris was first Twitter to microblog, then loading the microblog items to a blog post (my blogging platform is Typepad). Twitter is an application that allows people to share what they are doing at the moment in 140 characters or less. My niche on Twitter is to share parenting and technology updates, so this information would fit within my framework. At LeWeb I learned about Seesmic so I hope to try that out as an interface for my next microblogging adventure. I will also be experimenting with using the BlackBerry app for Whrrl to capture “stories” on the run.

I purchased a 200 MB International data plan for my BlackBerry Bold in preparation for microblogging in Paris, using my own daily calculations to make sure I would not go over (which is very expensive). All of this preparation would allow me to enjoy the tour, capturing the key moments while not taking too much time away to prepare blog posts until I returned home. Although microblogging does now allow in-depth analysis, it does capture the key points.

The International Data plan also helped me keep my smartphone email and social media app. addiction satisfied during my trip to Paris. The thought of a smartphone without a data plan was too much to handle.

Here is my Twitter Stream from the¬† #TG09 Traveling Geeks 09 trip to Paris. Each tweet is from my Twitter stream unless it has a “RT” or retweet in front of it. I took out my Twitter ID (TechMama) and hashtags after the first few to make it easier to read.

As I said in my post about global “geek” language, we had a dream team of geeks on the trip: Renee Blodgett, Matthew Buckland, Amanda Coolong, Kim-Mai Cutler, Olivier Ezratty, Eliane Fiolet, Tom Foremski, Phil Jeudy, Frederic Lardinois, Robert Scoble , Sky Schuyler, Rodrigo Sepulveda Schulz, David Spark, Ewan Spence, Jerome Trani√©, and Robin Wauters. For full coverage of the Traveling Geeks Paris Tour 09 click over to the website. To follow the Traveling Geeks, there is a Facebook page and a Twitter list. there is a I would have included more of the social banter that went on between the geeks, but I did not think it could be easily translated into 140 characters:

If we were not taking pictures, video, blogging, podcasting, microblogging, then we were talking about the gadgets we use to do that. If we were not talking about gadgets, then we were talking about the businesses or social media. We did all of this while walking all over the beautiful streets of Paris, at meetings or meet-ups, or running to and from the Paris Metro. But it was on the Paris Metro – that an stylish elderly French woman helped us understand that at times our laughing or conversation got too loud; she turned around to me on the Metro and said “Shhhhh” (international language for BE QUIET!).

Beth Blecherman techmama ‘s Traveling Geeks Paris Tour 09 Twitter stream:

  1. techmama Shout out to #TG09 co-orgs: Eiane Fiolet f/ @ubergizmo, Renee Blodgett @magicsaucemedia & Phil Jeudy – Sky & for IT
  2. techmama @kimmaicutler and @techmama along with the other TravelingGeeks at #TG09 Paris 1st night dinner,we had a fun trip on metro to get to dinner

  3. techmama Learning about – seemless international calling. Wished I would of signed up before I left.. #TG09 Paris
  4. #TG09 kick off diner with The traveling geeks @magicsauce @fredericl @robinwauters @kimmaicutler @tomforemski @acoolong @techmama (and @olivez @ubergizmo @dspark @ewan and @jimsky7)
  5. techmama Les Traveling Geeks Goes to Paris Mashcast video is now LIVE @TravelingGeeks
  6. techmama Amazed-great reception my AT&T 3G on BlackBerry Bold in Paris, #Twitter & #Facebook also quick response.Next step is testing WiFi on netbook
  7. RT @pearltrees Some @travelinggeeks in Pearltrees right now #tg09 #leweb #pearltrees
  8. Learning about @pearltrees – Allows you to organize your fav content on web & get connected to people who share interests #TG09
  9. @PearlTrees interface allows you to manipulate and move your content, can create Pearls from Tweets & Tweets from Pearls #TG09
  10. @PearlTrees can be shared on Facebook, Twitter, email, embed (incl.your blog) and every PearlTree has their own URL #TG09
  11. Looking at @PearlTrees screencast #TG09
  12. Looking at the @Travelinggeeks #TG09 Flickr pictures #fb
  13. Visiting Silicon Sentier, a cluster of 150 small & middle IT companies in Paris or nearby #TG09
  14. At Silicon Sentier #TG09 -Learning about MXP4, interactive listening, remix & personal playback site.
  15. Meeting at La Canteen w/ Invest in France Agency & Cap Digital, @soufron from introduced the event #TG09
  16. Invest in France Agency & Cap Digital event #TG09 – Learning about Time article;
  17. RT @soufron @techmama have also a look at Cap Digital, the mothership of them all :

  18. Cap Digital event #TG09 Built matrix based on psychologist model -music and mode parameters used to link songs.
  19. Cap Digital Event #TG09 Listening about CiTu , CiTu is dedicated to research in emerging media fields.
  20. Paris – Hearing from BearTech
  21. Paris Learning about Feedbooks Buy, Borrow (from library), Subscribe, Sample or Download books.
  22. @robinwauters Agreed, why is it that my Flickr pictures are uploading faster here in Paris then at my house in California?
  23. Paris – Learning about XWiki
  24. Paris – Learning about af83
  25. At Orange Labs, They have home wireless gadgets, TV subscription service, playback and website.
  26. #TG09 Orange Labs websites: 61 million unique visitors worldwide, partners with newpapers and Wikipdia ( @orangewikipedia )
  27. Orange Labs has a search engine website: Search text, video and audio. Mixes news and content on same subject but dif. languages
  28. @johnlpainter yes, lots of video and pictures on the website
  29. Website for Orange Labs Search (live soon)

  30. Orange Labs has moblie apps, agregates moblie access to favorite social media and feeds, incl Twitter picture MMS feature
  31. Presen. by Cedexis ,which provides collective intelligence platform that enables next gen traffic management strategies (no site yet)

  32. Hearing about Cedexis Radar (crowd based perf. monitoring)- compares mult. data centers, delivery networks, and cloud providers

  33. Hearing about Cedexis Open Mix-Cloud-based Global Traffic Management Platform(enables dynamic decisions based on real-time data feeds)
  34. Paris @juliencoulon (Co-Founder) gave presentation on Cedexis, site will be up soon
  35. Talking with @jxo – who advises and mentors entrepreneurs (has international clients).
  36. At Paris Innovation Reunion, The Paris Digital Content Companies Incubator hosts 100 startups
  37. #TG09 Paris Innovation Reunion discussing reasons2choose Paris: market in heart of Europe, quality of life, wired city….
  38. #TG09 Paris Innovation Reunion: Hearing from Int13 – next gen mobile games
  39. @Scobleizer just explained to the incubator group that they all need to be on Twitter. @Scobleizer “World-brand-building “)
  40. Paris Innovation Reunion – CityZeum travel info for web and mobile http://www.cityzeum attracted 7 million travelers this year
  41. Paris Innovation Reunion- Scan and Target solution for real time text mining for web and mobile contents
  42. Paris Innovation Reunion- Rue89: Pure player news website (produce news in collaboration with news and experts)
  43. Paris Innovation Reunion – Gostai produces universal robotics software platform
  44. Paris Innovation Reunion- Zoomorama is a solution for zoomable images (a international team of developers)
  45. Paris Innovation Reunion- Stribe: Plug and play service to instantly create a social network on any website
  46. Paris Innovation Reunion – Path Motion developed a career planning and job search tool
  47. Paris Innovation Reunion -Website to find tutors & -online toolkit for live teaching
  48. Paris Innovation Reunion – MLstate code to build web applications
  49. Paris Innovation Reunion: Stupeflix – turns your pictures, videos, & text into professional videos.
  50. at Just arrived to #LeWeb, discussion about enabling more people to use technology
  51. Microsoft Bizspark provides tools for startups, discussing having one application that goes to many platforms incl. moblie
  52. Theme of #LeWeb is Real Time Web – Real time feeds for visual (photos, video) and social apps like Twitter
  53. Microsoft BizSpark initiative has 1000 partners, business relationships w/ Twitter, Facebook and MySpace
  54. Discussing iPhone app for LeWeb, probably picking up this tweet b/c I used #LeWeb hashtag, integegrates Ustream and Facebook
  55. @TravelingGeeks are meeting with @RichardatDell at #LeWeb
  56. In Aug 2006 @RichardatDell was given role to monitor and engage social media #TG09
  57. Dell actively monitors social media to listen and engage with customers, customer input is worked into customer design and support
  58. @RichardatDell explaining Dell social media channels include Twitter, blogs, Facebook pages

  59. @ConfFar #LeWeb is in Paris, attendees are from all over the world
  60. Two other Dell Twitter IDs are @Dellservergeek and @mdomsch to provide tech server info
  61. Dell sales (current data) f/ various Twitter outlets globally is 6.5 million
  62. Dell connects to 3.5 million customers across social media outlets
  63. Good Dell Twitter ID to follow for families is @edu4u
  64. Retweet @kristiewells Two years ago, there was only one Twitter app — today, there are over 50k. #leweb
  65. RT MySpace opening up their real-time ‘stream’ as well. Let the data flow… #leweb
  66. (RT )kristiewells MySpace opening 3 APIs: (1) search for people, images/videos, (2) public access to user activity stream/profile, (3) commenting #leweb
  67. (RT)MagicSauceMedia #tg09 #leweb Hanging out at Microsoft BizSpark lounge at LeWeb; the traveling geeks are blogging up a storm…
  68. Taking a look at
  69. @AnswersDotCom has Twitter ID and other social media outlets
  70. Talking w/ @clubcooee 3D messanger client with chatrooms ,social media & social sharing #Microsoft BizSpark
  71. Taking with @tobiaspeggs about @oneriot Real time search engine #Microsoft BizSpark
  72. Other #Microsoft BizSpark co. at #LeWeb : Huddle (online collaboration platform)
  73. Other #Microsoft BizSpark co. at #LeWeb : Xobni for people to manage, organize, and search e-mail
  74. Enjoying my time at #LeWeb with Traveling Geeks

  75. #TG09 Reading @robinwauters @TechCrunch post on Twitter at #LeWeb 50,000 regist.apps2date-been built using Twitter APIs
  76. At #LeWeb party at Hotel De Ville, Paris
  77. #leweb Watched Tony Hsieh discuss @zappos culture of happiness, advice “don’t chase money – chase vision” #
  78. #TG09 @loic & Geraldine Le Meur 2nd day of #leweb @leweb Great learn about European&global web trends
  79. #TG09 #leweb @chrisbrogan:“put human face on business & how the web is going to do that -by building Trust Agents

  80. Created pearltree: TravelingGeeks – check it out here: (will be adding another Traveling Geeks Pearltree for more)
  81. Posted about @QueenRania ‘s #leweb talk about social media and activism:

  82. Finished at #LeWeb heading out to our last night out in Paris. We are all going to finish putting up posts
  83. RT @jowyang Slides: Three ways companies can develop strategies to respond to real-time way.
  84. RT @olivez My main stage photo gear @ #leweb is 70-200mm 2.8 with x2 extender on a Canon EOS 5D II. 1500 pics so far today. It rocks. #tg09.
  85. RT @dspark My summary of the entire show. “The cool and not-so-cool from #LeWeb #tg09
  86. Enjoyed Paris and #LeWeb, getting ready to go back to California.
  87. Flying back f/ Paris,Checked International Data plan f/4 days in Paris on my BlackBerry emailing & Twittering: Plan is 200MB,I used 153MB

Olivier Ezratty

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