I got a message from Si in London recommending that I check out this upcoming TweetUp in Cambridge. Turns out it was at Andala Cafe, home of my favorite hummus plate and barely a block from limeduck world headquarters. Once again, the internet pwnz geography. The TweetUp, called OpenCoffee, happens Wednesdays at 8:30ish, and seems to be a global phenomenon that has somehow landed right in my back yard.
This week, OpenCoffee was pretty Twitter-centeric, with Bijan Sabet of Spark Capital and Sanjay Vakil of LuckyCal leading a loose discussion of location-based apps, twitter platforms, and using twitter either as a start point or an end point for aggregation of what can only be described as your "stuff."
The session was well-attended with some 40+ tweeple stretching the limits of Andala's front room. You can catch up on some of the chatter via this twitter search.
There was some debate about the utility of hash tags as opposed to unhashed tags, and taxonomy vs folksonomy. I came down on the side of getting it mostly right and keeping it simple, which seems to be the guiding principle of twitter. And then I fell off a chair while trying to explain Pants Status to the assembled masses. My point, such as it was, is that there seems to be apps (if you can call Pants Status an app) that use twitter without any special action on the user's part.
On a side note, the frothy beverage pictured above is an Andala specialty, fresh apple ginger juice. I highly recommend it. iPhone not included, but if you come to OpenCoffee, I promise you'll be near one.