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I’m on TV at the Tweet-up

I was listening to the announcement of SQL Server 2008 R2 yesterday on a call from Microsoft. It was released to manufacturing, downloadable on May 3. While listening and making notes, I wandered over to the Microsoft SQL site and was surprised to find a video montage of the Tweet-up I attended in Bellevue a couple of weeks ago.

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It was an interesting event and I’d like to do it again.  I almost didn’t go after a crazy month of March for travel, but I was curious what was worth Microsoft flying 8 of us to Bellevue for a day.

It turned out to be a fun event. A wine tasting mixed with an R2 briefing and discussion of the product. Donald Farmer and Dan Jones led the briefing, while we tended to joke and make fun of them, but also talked about the product. We were tweeting like mad while this was happening, in between sips of wine, of course, and it was fun.

But it was too late in the day. Starting at 5pm PST, most of the East coast had gone home, so we had very little interaction from outside the room. We heard a few things later on from others, but the spontaneous nature of the event was lost a bit.

I think it was an interesting idea, and I would like to do it again, perhaps even at something like the PASS Summit or TechEd.

Comments

Posted by Glenn Berry on 22 April 2010

You are famous now! Everyone who went to that event has said that they enjoyed it.

Posted by Steve Jones on 23 April 2010

It was a fun event. I'd like to see them do this more, and coordinate more with people outside of the room. Even live video would be good, though we'd need a seven sec delay and a bleep out button

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