Attention Syracuse: Clear your calendars on April 19, 2012.
It is incredibly important that you do so. Tell the wife that you're going to the gym; tell your bratty kid that wants you to feed it or something to ask its mother for help; tell your boss that you've "got a little stomach thing . . . not sure what it is . . . I don't want to get anyone else sick so it's probably best to take the day off and get it checked out."
Just make sure that you have April 19, 2012, cleared. The reason? You need to listen to four knuckleheads talk about Twitter. For serious.
The iSchool up on The Hill is putting on something it's calling "#140Cuse," a hometown version of those 140 Characters Conferences you've probably heard about. Me, Keeley, Jameson Fleming, and Brent Axe are going to haul our rumps up to the Schine Student Center to speak on a panel about sports tweeting, which is good because I don't know anything about international trade in a globalized economy and if they put me on that panel, I'd probably just try to make jokes about why the IMF doesn't like funding the shipment of Russian mail order brides.
Unfortunately, Bud Poliquin won't be on our panel, mostly because he doesn't tweet. (We also didn't ask him to participate.)
The #140cuse events provide a platform for the worldwide twitter community to: listen, connect, share and engage with each other, while collectively exploring the effects of the emerging real-time internet on business.
Our schedule is unique and fast paced. It is our intention to provide a platform for as many people as possible to share their thoughts and engage in conversation with the attending delegates. You will find individual talks set to 10 minutes; and the various panel discussions are set for 10 or 20 minutes.
You can register to attend the conference right here. If you're a current student, it only costs $1.40; alumni and staff get in the door for $14.00; and if you're just a schlub, you need to fork over $30.00. Prices go up on March 1, 2012, so get off your keister and get that done.
A full list of the speakers can be found here. I hope to see all of your smiling faces and judging eyes -- oh, those painfully judgmental eyes -- there.