This is more of a reflection to a reflection than anything else. The recent post in the acpa unconference blog, Tweeting at ACPA Doesn’t Have to Be “Live”, is the impetus for my thoughts. I LOVE technology. I LOVE social media. I am still using archaic devices to navigate these areas which makes life more difficult.
My primary phone is a BlackBerry Curve. I don’t own an iPad. I just got my first iPod this past September and it is a Shuffle. I do own a ChromeBook, which I absolutely love, but is almost completely useless without WiFi connectivity. And I have not seen too many people using them despite price drops and Google’s partnership with Virgin Airlines.
I am cautious when new technology emerges. You will never see me waiting outside over night for a new product launch. You won’t catch me slobbering over an upgraded version of hardware a year after I just purchased the previous one. One, I cannot afford it. Two, I would rather wait. Ultimately, I never end up purchasing any of these new toys.
What does this mean for conferences? I love Twitter. I love tweeting, especially at conferences. The problem is my BB Curve suffers. It seems at least once a conference my phone bricks. This means a never ending spinning clock, shutting it down, pulling out the battery, and restarting it. That’s if I can even connect to Twitter because of the “black hole of cell service” that are conference centers and hotel conference rooms. That is not how I would like to spend my time at a conference. I hardly have any apps on my phone because of this problem. I have gone minimal to try and limit this problem, but it still persists.
I am excited to hear about the Reflection Stations that will be available, especially for sessions in the Convention Center, so I can avoid purchasing the WiFi service for $13.00 a day. And I think Kathy’s post is spot on. Sharing is what is most important. Just do it, at some point and time.
I do envy my technophile friends with their fancy hardware. I would love to be asking questions about what apps should I download/purchase for my iPad in order to take the best notes. I want to be tweeting live from sessions. I LOVE technology. I LOVE social media. Alas, I am still a caveman in a digital world.
*Originally posted at ACPA UNCONFERENCE blog with the same title.*