Weyrfest on Twitter
I know most of you guys are like, "Aaaagh, Twitter bad, Facebook/LiveJournal good!" But it's like this: I'm lazy. And busy. Lazy AND busy. What's THAT all about? It's a cruel, cruel paradox, but like it or not, it's the reality. Sitting down to write out a big ol' blog entry summing up the last few weeks or months of progress can be lame -- especially when there's not much going on to report!
On the other hand, with Twitter I can fire off 140 character updates pretty much whenever, wherever.
There's one very important reason why this is an advantage to You, The Fan: The Dragon*Con host hotels don't have free WiFi.
If you want Internet access at the Marriott or wherever, it'll cost you $13 a day -- and even if you're paying it, you're not likely to get a signal in the bowels of the convention.
That means if you're relying on LJ for last-minute updates, you might be out of luck. On the other hand, if you've got a smart phone and a 3G signal, you can get the news as we bring it to you -- wherever you are in Atlanta. Awesome guest make an unannounced cameo at a panel? We'll tweet it. A panel been canceled or moved? Tweet tweet! You'll know as soon as we do. And hey! If you're not on Twitter but have an RSS reader you like, you can pipe our tweets into your Smart Device of Choice that way.
The birds are singing, minions. Heed their melodious call!
(If you doubt me, I'll have you know that Todd, Jody, and Elizabeth Moon are ALL on Twitter: they're @toddric
, and @emoontx
More seriously: the fact of the matter is community blogs like LJ are kind of going out of style. As smart phones get cheaper and our attention span grows ever shorter, more and more people are migrating to services like Twitter. I know it may not seem fair
, but the hard truth is that at giant-ass cons like Dragon*Con, numbers make a difference. Our track can't survive without attendees. And we can't get attendees if they don't know where to find us!
So. For those of you not on the ol' Twitter, never fear: the LJ will continue, and pretty soon the new official Dragon*Con Weyrfest site will be another resource for you to get all the good stuff on guests and scheduling.
But for you ADD Millennials like me -- all y'all who need to know NOW RIGHT NOW TELL ME RIGHT NOW -- Anne McCaffrey's Worlds is now live on Twitter as weyrfest
. Come follow us and stuff!
Also, I have done it. I have put