I’m off to enjoy IABC’s World Conference in San Francisco June 5 – 10. What I will enjoy most is seeing old friends on IABC’s staff and from the membership. I plan to enjoy this annual face-to-face (F2F) experience, perhaps more than ever.
I joked in my Facebook status update today that I was going with “no Facebook, no email, no Twitter, no blog, just good old-fashioned face-to-face communication.” Within minutes, I had six comments supporting the thought. All of the commenters are social media-literate, but perhaps they, too, are ready to leave the world of 140-character statements and just talk with people.
Face-to-face, what a concept! But at conferences, you will see people attending sessions and blogging about the session while it is being conducted. So much for listening and reporting later.
And there will doubtless be many who will not be able to resist the urge to text during a session. And while they are sitting there, why not check email, too?
Just because we can does not mean we should. I’m suspending the social media while I am there. I’ll be the Luddite in the hallway talking with people.
Well, except for the cell phone/texting capability. You gotta have a life line.