As you read this, I’ll be dashing to the airport to take off for MontrÃ©al.
Wikipedia tells me it’s famous for being one of the “world’s most livable cities” as well as Canada’s cultural capital. I remember it fondly as the home of Cirque du Soleil (a one-time client; image: Naoki Nakashima, Creative Commons) and one of the most charming cities I’ve ever visited… all of eight years ago.
So it’s with a great deal of anticipation that I’m heading there today, to speak at Webcom MontrÃ©al.
My cohort is Claude Malaison, with whom I first connected on Twitter during the Mumbai terror attacks.
We’ll be talking about our experience during what must rank as one of the most eye-opening uses of social media (and I don’t mean by us, but by everyone who leaped onto blogs, Twitter, Facebook and the like) to connect across cultures, time zones and languages.
We were bound together by a shared horror of what was happening, coupled with the urge – I believe in most of us – to do whatever we could to help share useful information that might somehow help those on the ground.
Because that’s all we could do from a distance.
I think it’s pretty amazing that Claude and I developed enough of a rapport that he’d ask me to co-present at this conference. See, this is how not to lose a girl with one tweet. I’m really looking forward to meeting him offline.
If you’ll be at Webcom, please do let me know so that we can make a connection as well. Because that’s what it’s all about.
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