It’s Happened – A Twitter Conference

Well, this was bound to happen. The first event to focus on Twitter as a business platform is set for next month in San Francisco.

TWTRCON SF 09 speakers include rapper/actor MC Hammer, Twitter angel investor Guy Kawasaki, Edelman Digital’s Steve Rubel and futurist Paul Saffo.

The conference is being put on by Modern Media, in partnership with Technologizer and First30 Services. It will be co-hosted by Modern Media’s Tonia Ries and bestselling author Gina Smith.

Organizers say the one-day event, which will be held May 31 at Hotel Nikko, will focus how companies can leverage Twitter and associated applications for their businesses.

More in the press release, after the jump…


Conference Focused on Twitter for Business to Be Held May 31 at San Francisco’s Hotel Nikko

NEW YORK, April 6, 2009 – Modern Media, in partnership with Technologizer and First30 Services, today announced TWTRCON SF 09, a conference focusing on Twitter and business.

Scheduled for May 31 at the Hotel Nikko, speakers will include rapper/actor MC Hammer, Top 100 Twitterer and angel investor Guy Kawasaki, Virgin America CMO Porter Gale, Intuit’s advertising and internet director Seth Greenberg, Edelman Digital’s Steve Rubel and renowned futurist Paul Saffo.

Co-hosted by Modern Media’s Tonia Ries and New York Times bestselling author Gina Smith, TWTRCON SF 09 will focus how companies can leverage Twitter and associated applications for their businesses. Technologizer founder and editor Harry McCracken will provide the official live Twitter feed.

“Twitter has so quickly attracted a critical mass of users and buzz,” notes Tonia Ries, Managing Partner, Modern Media and co-host of TWTRCON. “More importantly, companies are finding they can use Twitter to reach and engage customers, influence opinions and activate markets. Business leaders who develop Twitter strategies now will have a head start in tapping the potential of this powerful new platform.”

TWTRCON SF 09 will feature speakers and program topics that focus on the business potential of Twitter and case studies of early corporate uses of the platform. “If you want to learn more about creating a business strategy with Twitter, you won’t want to miss this conference,” says TWTRCON SF 09 co-host Gina Smith, a veteran correspondent on technology for ABC News. “We’ll focus on Twitter applications and on exact tactics businesses can use to create revenues and increase customer satisfaction.”

TWTRCON SF 09 will bring together more than 200 business, marketing, media and PR executives — and key Twitter developers – for an interactive, thought-provoking discussion on this exciting new arena. Presentations and panels will include topics such as Twitter’s impact on corporate culture, strategies for building Twitter communities, Twitter’s applications in customer service, Twitter’s impact on PR and innovative new marketing campaigns developed for and around Twitter.

To register for TWTRCON SF 09 go to

For sponsorship information, contact Tonia Ries at

About Modern Media
Modern Media ( builds, produces, markets and sells business conferences and media brands for both established business media companies and for media entrepreneurs and bloggers. Modern Media is also the producer of the Ypulse Youth Marketing Mashup (, which is taking place adjacent to TWTRCON SF 09 on 6/1 and 6/2 at the Hotel Nikko, San Francisco.

About First30 Services
First30 Services ( builds companies.
It partners with angel investors, VCs, founders and corporations to create great companies. It evaluates the practicality and real-world value of new ideas, assessing and developing technology for uniqueness, protectability and scope, and assesses people and operations to ensure the right skills, attitudes and processes are in place to build a solid foundation for growth.
First30 Services has expertise in fundraising, management consultant and web design, working with member companies to ensure a smooth transitions from start-up to long-term teams and processes.

About Technologizer
Technologizer ( delivers Harry McCracken’s authoritative, opinionated, hands-on advice on the whole world of personal technology, from the Web to digital entertainment to PCs and Macs. The former editor-in-chief of PC World, McCracken was named to the Folio:40 list of media industry movers and shakers and won the Jesse H. Neal award in 2008 for his editorials.

@ChrisAriens Chris Ariens is the managing editor and director of video at Adweek.
Publish date: April 8, 2009 © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT