“@XPlay says that Adam Sessler is doing autograph signing at 2:45PM!” I said excitedly to my boyfriend this weekend. “We HAVE to go.”
Who is Adam Sessler you may ask? Only the hilarious host of X-Play, a gaming show with reviews, previews, and tips for all your favorite (and hated) video games. But this post isn’t about my X-Play obsession, nor how I practically stalked Adam Sessler this weekend; it’s about how Twitter allowed me to do it! Well, to an extent. 🙂
I may have only started to see the benefit of Twitter with the introduction of this semester’s TECH621 class on Social Media, but it wasn’t until I spent this past weekend at the PAX East game convention in Boston, MA, that I truly was glad to have it access to it.
Being connected to game companies, creators, reporters, and others, such as @InsideGaming, @G4tv, @Official_PAX, @PAX_lines, etc. gave me the when and where for any events during my stay in Boston. I would be cruising the Exhibition Hall, checking my Tweet feed, when someone would post about a panel I knew I had to attend.
Because of Twitter, I was able to stay informed with any events, lines, and games that were of interest to me. I checked it often and was not only able to make it to panels of game creators, but attended a cosplay gathering for some great pictures!
I also attended a Meet-Up with some 4PlayerPodcast fans, where I was able to make some new friends as we walked from the convention center to downtown Boston – something that I would not have had the opportunity to do if I hadn’t seen their last-minute tweet.
I had a great time at PAX East, and I truly believe that Twitter had a help in enriching that experience. I really have a different view of it now and have also found that instead of asking if someone uses Facebook, I’ve taken to asking for Twitter accounts… Seems a bit less personal and therefore, more accessible. But I’ve learned that just because you make a friend in reality and follow them on Twitter, it doesn’t mean that they will do the same to you. I guess that quality of Facebook was sort of nice – having a mutual “friendship” instead of a one-sided “follower” leaves me feeling less rejected.
On another note, due to my new-found appreciation for Twitter, I have decided to spread it’s advantages to others. I encouraged my younger sister @anwrooty to get an account, focusing how easy it has been to spread the word about events, which she could possibly utilize for her Cooking Club meetings. Plus, I persuaded my boyfriend @jjasicki to get one, who, as a soon-to-be Purdue graduate, has needed aid in finding a job. I told him stories how one of the students in the class received a possible grant offer after making contacts through Twitter, and how my TECH621 class has free access to Radian 6 for the semester through my professor’s contact. Networking does has it’s benefits!