Tuesday night’s NY Tech Meetup was the first with new organizer Nate Westheimer in charge and the crowds still kept growing, filling the IAC lobby hall. After a brief intro from former NYTM organizer and still Meetup CEO Scott Heiferman, Nate took the “oath” of office by placing his right hand on a MacBook held by the original assistant organizer Dawn Barber. Funny, certainly geeky, but a good way to focus all those in attendance about the purpose of the NY Tech Meetup.
You don’t always love all the demos you see at the NYTM, but there are certainly times when you see something that rings a bell and may foster a new idea or application in your mind. Last night there were a couple of these, and I have linked off to Allen Stern’s Center Networks site where he has the video of the presentation.
Co-Tweet — The ability to manage multiple Twitter accounts by multiple people. I know this issue from trying to manage the tweets for my SoccerClub, TimMcGuinness and family tweets. This seems like great tool for agencies and client service groups that have this requirement. See video.
@shakeshack – Whitney McNamara presented a nifty piece of code allows you to send a reply twitter that then gets fed back to all that account followers. He downplayed it as not a big deal, but this is exactly what I want to put into play for Newport Online. Later, he graciously pointed me to where I could find the code on his blog.
Botanicalls – I can’t say I want to get tweets from my plants, but now Botanicalls makes that possible. However when you have a brother-in-law with networking and soldering skills that is involved in a new landscaping project, something like this comes into play. See video.
To throw in a personal story, my first NYTM was in September 2007 when I jumped straight into the fire by presenting the new Hakia browser toolbar. Having never attended a meet-up since I was new to NYC, imagine how scared I was when the first presentation order came out and I was first on the list. Thankfully, by the time of the meeting came around I was down to the #6 slot. However, right before me, was one of the NYC start-up world elite, Kevin Ryan along with Henry Blogget, who were announcing the launch of Silicon Alley Insider. You might say that was a tough act to follow, but I survived.
Oddly, the next time I was on stage to present it was a two-person panel that I happened to share with Nate at a NY Social Media Club gathering. Nate had just done an all nighter to release his BricaBox project. That night for me was special because I was given special permission to keep my phone on since our baby was due later that week. Talk about a new launch that keeps you up all night 🙂 – Tim