Bram Pitoyo, Interlude, Links

Get Your Name On The Portland Tech Twitter Wiki And Help Evangelize Portland

Let’s say that you’re someone who works in the creative or tech industry, who is new to Portland or are visiting the city.

Actually, let me back up, you could also be anyone who is curious about Portland, and is watching the beat of the city.

You may have visited the city on several occasions. Or you have have just settled in your new place. And you’re looking for a user group, meetup, or a venue to learn something useful. You may start bookmarking events and going to them. Then you meet someone, who tells you that almost all the community member uses Twitter to communicate with each other inbetween the usergroups, meetups and venues.

But you don’t know how amazing Portland is—not yet. All you have is an invitation to join “this microblogging thing called Twitter” and the Twitter username of your newly met friend at the usergroup, meetup or venue.

So your friend says:
“If you’re on Twitter, follow me @JohnSmith!”

But then you ask:

“Sure, but who else should I follow on Twitter?”

And your newly met friend replies:
“There’s about 50 of them that would be perfect for you to follow, but that I can’t think of right now. Can I email you when I get home?”

Here’s the problem: there’s a chance that the email will never get sent, and you may never discover how vibrant the local creative/technology community is.

What a waste of opportunity, right?

But what if your friend can refer to a page that has Twitter handles of all Portland creative and technology community member, along with a short description of who they are and what they do (and even a profile, if you’re that curious)?

Let’s call the page Portland Tech Twitter wiki. And the URL: http//tr.im/ptt

And, lo: you’re able to search for Tweeples to follow based on your interest, and your friend don’t have to blame his inability to recite names of 50 Portland area Tweeple—impromptu!

All we need now is the “50 Portland area Tweeples” bit (which, in reality, is closer to 5,000 Tweeples.) Because Amber Case, Mark Dilley and I couldn’t possibly type all of your usernames, short bios and profiles up.

But you can.

So, could I ask you a favor?

  • Go to the Portland Tech Twitter wiki
  • Edit the page by hitting “Edit Wiki,” and then
  • Add your Twitter handle, name and short description to the list, or correct your description—mostly made by Amber Case and I rather hastily (I try my best to be snarky)

That’s it. There’s even this code that you can Copy and Paste to the wiki edit window to make it easier:

:[http://www.twitter.com/YourUsername @YourUsername] – [[Your Real Name]]
::A short description about what you do, and your day job at [[ThisCompany.com|This Company]]

The goal is so that everyone can refer to the page when they meet someone who is new or curious to the city and its communities, and make it easier for everybody find people who he/she may like to converse with on Twitter or meet in real life. New friendships are thus made. Connections are born. And communities, grown. And everyone leaves the room after the meetup better than when he/she came.

So add your name to the Portland Tech Twitter wiki, won’t you?

And don’t all go hit the “Edit Wiki” button together.

Thank you.

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Bram Pitoyo, Interlude

Cre8Camp Is For People Who Do It Because They Love It

I have a confession to make.

This post was originally titled “Why not everybody should attend Cre8Camp.” In it, I detailed how only creatives who are ready to embrace change and open their minds should attend this Saturday’s event. Under this premise, folks who like to boast that “my agency can beat your agency” under a sophisticated veneer should stay home.

As time went by, the post title was tweaked to “Why everybody should attend Cre8Camp.” The draft was reviewed as I thought about how open or closed this Saturday’s camp would be, to various audience and familiarity with the BarCamp model.

Then I read Rick Turoczy’s post this evening (wherein he declared his lunch sponsorship!).

Then I hit “Write New Post.”

This is the reason why.

I always thought that “Creative” and “Tech” were two different worlds: two landmasses that somehow needs to be bridged. I wrote about it. I talked about it to friends and people I met at various events: about how I wanted to “make creatives more open by introducing them to the vibrant, local tech community.”

It’s all good. But I was completely wrong.

If I want to help bring two communities together, I have to stop looking at their differences. I may even have to stop thinking of them as “two communities.”

Duh.

Because we all love unusual challenges that would scare most people away. We enjoy inspiring conversations. We learn the most profound things from the most mundane places. We always have one or two side projects on our bags. We enjoy good food, good beans, and good drinks (preferrably local.) We work late. We sleep little. We believe that sparks can happen when a group of people meet together to work on something. We play hard. We spend every bit of our energy in producing great works.

And we do it all because we love it.

If you are that person, then you should attend Cre8Camp.

(Even if you can’t make it, I would still love to talk to you.)

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