May 5, 2009

Tweeting from the 2009 Perforce User Conference

MERGE User Conference

As I have done for previous user conferences in 2003 and 2005, I made the final adjustments to my presentation and packed in preparation for four long, productive days in Las Vegas.

This year was a little different because I volunteered to be the official conference tweeter. Never mind I had never so much as peeped a tweet until just a week before the conference; I was determined to bring the excitement of our conference to the tweetosphere.

To facilitate mobile tweeting, I brought my personal Dell Mini 9 running Leopard. At just over 2lbs and about 7"x9"x1.3", I was able to tote it around with me everywhere during the conference events. Mac OS X made connecting to all the different Wi-Fi networks as easy as popping open the cover.

Before I went out at night, I downloaded a copy of Gravity to my Dell Mini and Bluetoothed it to my Nokia 6120 Classic- at 66cc and 84 grams the smallest Symbian S60 3rd Edition phone- perfect for fitting into tight club wear pockets. Dual band 3G/HSDPA with speeds up to 14.4 Mbit/s make sure tweets get posted instantly. This allowed me to update my Twitter status one handed *while* dancing in a crowd on a disco floor.

Most of the tweets were reporting what was going on with me or the conference, although a few were 'stunttweets', for example posting from the dance floor and on stage during my presentation. Next I will push the envelope and try stunttweeting during a p4 merge or maybe even a p4 resolve.

I am tweeting as @p4james from the Perfortress and beyond. Conference related tweets can be reviewed by searching at for the tag #p4conf.

I will continue to update my Twitter status as we push towards a huge set of features slated for the 9.2 release, albeit at a slightly slower rate!

Now I must go and tweet about writing a blog post about my tweeting!