At the beginning of September, we put together a mockup of a new background for our Twitter account. Like a lot of Twitter backgrounds, it had an explanation of who we were and some calls to action. But before we had a chance to add it to our account, Twitter changed their design.
The new Twitter website design is much wider and you aren’t guaranteed much space in the margins to show your message. How much space to you have? The experts at Banyan Branch have in depth tips for making backgrounds for the new twitter, including these rules of thumb for how much space you have to work with:
(100%*) Always Visible: 41px on each side
(72.7%*) of Modern Computers: 108px on each side (Requires about 1280x800px Screen Resolution or Higher)
(28.8%*) of Modern Computers: 200px on each side (Requires 1440x900px Screen Resolution or Higher)
(4.6%*) of Modern Computers: 312px on each side (Requires 1920×1080 Screen Resolution)
So, if we want to have a background message that reaches all modern web users, we needed to fit our message in just 41 pixels. That’s enough space for a small logo or a short message written vertically. What message should we put? I thought briefly about ways to say, “give us your money,” but decided instead to stick with what got us here, which was putting attendees first.
See that background in action on our twitter account
Updated 11/6: New accounts, #friends, list memberships. See comments for details.
These are the top 100 event twitter accounts sorted by number of followers. We’ve been crawling Google and every event list we could find in order to get these. If you think we’re missing someone, leave us a note in the comments.
If you like this list, follow it on Twitter, @crowdvine/top-100-events. If you want to talk to someone about getting more Twitter integration into your event, send us an email, email@example.com. I’ve got three copies of The Twitter Book which I’ll give to the first three events that email us.
SXSW | Austin, TX
Official user of the SXSW Music, Film and Interactive Conferences and Festivals
44734 friends | 604 updates | 837 memberships
Twestival | The Twittersphere
Global events organised *by* twitterers *for* twitterers. Connecting amazing people offline for a great cause. Join us in 2010 for Twestival Global.
6629 friends | 1820 updates | 217 memberships
Web 2.0 Expo | SF, NY, online…
Web 2.0 Expo event / community updates. http://blog.web2expo.com
21288 friends | 1613 updates | 208 memberships
SundanceFilmFestival | Park City, Utah
Welcome to the Official Twitter Feed of the Sundance Film Festival, presented by Sundance Institute.
275 friends | 232 updates | 330 memberships
BarCamp Paris | Paris, France
Information sur les Barcamps et autres événements gratuits (ou presque) dans la région parisienne. (par @innomgmt et @jkloren)
17925 friends | 136 updates | 60 memberships
SF Music+Tech Conf | San Francisco, CA
We’re going to have some music/technology related parties and events in the fall…
10118 friends | 238 updates | 77 memberships
Lollapalooza | Grant Park, Chicago
August 6-8, 2010
35 friends | 125 updates | 209 memberships
Comic_Con | San Diego, CA
The OFFICIAL Twitter for Comic-Con!
0 friends | 533 updates | 365 memberships
BlogHer | Everywhere…
The community for women who blog
4407 friends | 1676 updates | 182 memberships
Franchise Expo Scott | Florida – New Jersey
FranchiseExpo.com – Franchise and Entrepreneur Portal – Over 200 Franchises to choose from on FranchiseExpo.com
10325 friends | 528 updates | 7 memberships
Blog World Expo | ÜT: 33.674508,-117.255275
Tweets from Blogworld & New Media Expo, and its founder Rick Calvert
8589 friends | 3725 updates | 199 memberships
Social Media Week | New York
Social Media Week is a annual conference that is designed to identify and advance social media practices and policy in corporate, public and non-profit sectors.
10571 friends | 224 updates | 140 memberships
Google I/O | San Francisco, CA
Google’s largest developer event on May 19-20th, 2010 at Moscone West, San Francisco
96 friends | 288 updates | 465 memberships
Affiliate Summit | NJ
The premier affiliate marketing conference since 2003.
9598 friends | 906 updates | 72 memberships
E3 Expo | Los Angeles, CA
The Official 2009 Electronic Entertainment Expo Twitter
4887 friends | 468 updates | 221 memberships
Opportunity Green | Los Angeles
Opportunity Green inspires a collaborative culture of new & unconventional ideas. Opportunity Green at UCLA, Nov 7-8 – The Premier Green Event Driving Change
7470 friends | 2914 updates | 116 memberships
ad:tech | iPhone: 41.888531,-87.613692
ad:tech is a digital marketing conference and exhibition where brands, agencies and publishers gather to learn, explore and meet up with friends and colleagues.
964 friends | 443 updates | 127 memberships
Women of Faith |
Women of Faith encourages women of all ages and stages in life by offering events, materials, and online resources.
7601 friends | 675 updates | 96 memberships
Small Business Expo | Mission VIejo, CA
Small business resources. The ultimate online resource directory for small business owners and entrepreneurs. www.SmallBusinessExpo.com
3635 friends | 1445 updates | 44 memberships
UN Climate Change 09 | Copenhagen, Denmark
United Nations Climate Change Conference 2009 in Copenhagen (COP15), brought to you by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark
3 friends | 1161 updates | 303 memberships
ted2009 | Long Beach, Palm Springs
News and talks from TED2009. For all TEDTalks news, follow @TEDTalks.
475 friends | 300 updates | 129 memberships
The New Media Expo | Las Vegas, NV, October 15-17,
Tweets from Blogworld & New Media Expo, and its founder Rick Calvert follow @blogworld too. we update more often there
728 friends | 105 updates | 65 memberships
Burning Man | San Francisco, CA
All things Burning Man, from the Black Rock Desert and around the world.
9 friends | 71 updates | 149 memberships
web2summit | san francisco, ca
The Twitter account of Web 2.0 Summit – the annual gathering of key insiders who leverage technology and the web to change the way we live and work.
6477 friends | 604 updates | 113 memberships
TWTRCON | ÜT: 40.756356,-73.990316
Twitter Conference for Business | Grand Hyatt Washington DC | Oct 22 2009
6727 friends | 1507 updates | 64 memberships
Soundwave Festival | Australia
Soundwave Festival Australia
17 friends | 68 updates | 79 memberships
DEFCON | Las Vegas, NV
2571 friends | 275 updates | 164 memberships
WOMMA | Chicago, IL
WOMMA is the leading voice for ethical and effective Word of Mouth and Social Media Marketing
2849 friends | 1845 updates | 128 memberships
Social NetworkingWF | World Wide
Event & Conference’s dedicated to social media : Social Networking, Social PR, Social TV, Enterprise 2.0, Social Politics www.sixdegs.com
5349 friends | 475 updates | 52 memberships
Advanced Music | Barcelona, Spain
Festival of Advanced Music and Multimedia Art – June 18.19.20, 2009
1974 friends | 162 updates | 108 memberships
ATP Festival | London
Jamie @ All Tomorrow’s Parties: Festivals/Gigs/ATP Recordings
68 friends | 482 updates | 125 memberships
Black Hat Briefings | Seattle, USA
The World’s Premier Technical Security Conference
2696 friends | 704 updates | 140 memberships
thewomensconf | Los Angeles
The Women’s Conference – The Nation’s Premier Forum for Women. We empower women to be Architects of Change.
1741 friends | 340 updates | 116 memberships
stARTconference | DUISBURG
KULTUR | WEB | MEDIEN
4781 friends | 1612 updates | 45 memberships
intlCES | Arlington, VA
Jan. 7-10, 2010, CESweb.org, produced by @ceafeed
2860 friends | 559 updates | 59 memberships
Sydney Festival | Sydney
Sydney. January 9 – 30. Music, theatre, dance, visual arts, ideas, free and family events including Festival First Night. It’s big. This is our city in summer.
1009 friends | 657 updates | 70 memberships
Cloud Interop Forum | World Wide Web
The Cloud Computing Interoperability Forum (created by @ruv)
4217 friends | 351 updates | 62 memberships
NHLtweetup | Anywhere hockey fans are!
This Twitter account sends out updates regarding official NHLTweetup events. (updates by: @dani3boyz) *not NHL affiliated
4589 friends | 1488 updates | 180 memberships
AustinTweetup.com | Austin, Texas
Hosting and Promoting Austin Tweetups.
4336 friends | 202 updates | 81 memberships
ixda | Everywhere you are
Interaction Design Association Global Twitter Feed
1615 friends | 1265 updates | 216 memberships
Microsoft PDC | Redmond, WA
The definitive developer event focused on the strategy of the Microsoft developer platform: Nov 17-19, 2009 at L.A. Convention Center; pre-conference Nov 16
1372 friends | 274 updates | 120 memberships
Women 2.0 | San Francisco, CA
Networking women entrepreneurs in technology! Our events are held monthly in the San Francisco Bay Area.
1178 friends | 422 updates | 63 memberships
140tc Conference | Los Angeles, CA
The Twitter Conference is the place where developers and business people converge to tap into the Real-Time Web. In LA September 22-23, 2009.
3325 friends | 1604 updates | 85 memberships
BostonTweetUp | Boston, Ma
Central place for Boston area Tweetups – send us an @reply and we’ll tweet it! Created by @JoselinMane. Facebook http://facebook.com/BostonTweetUp
3837 friends | 2545 updates | 77 memberships
New Media Expo | October 15-17, 2009, Las Vegas
The New Media Expo is an annual convention that educates individuals and companies about how to produce high-quality audio and video digital content.
0 friends | 30 updates | 24 memberships
140 Characters Conf | NYC, Los Angeles and London
Upcoming #140conf Events: Oct 27/28 LA; Nov 17 London. Dec 6th Tel Aviv. Produced by @jeffpulver
3501 friends | 240 updates | 97 memberships
Social Fresh | Charlotte, NC
Social Media Conference – Serious Business contact @jakrose for details
3722 friends | 404 updates | 54 memberships
ETech Conference | San Jose, CA
O’Reilly’s Emerging Technology Conference
3538 friends | 468 updates | 23 memberships
New Mom Expo | Anaheim, CA
A one day event for expectant, new and young families – Resources for everyday
2142 friends | 241 updates | 17 memberships
BookExpo America |
820 friends | 255 updates | 75 memberships
ROTHBURY Festival | ÜT: 39.720533,-105.003839
I am a American Festival established in 2008. Come visit me July 4th weekend in Rothbury, Michigan.
63 friends | 279 updates | 42 memberships
Sydney Film Festival | Sydney, Australia
Sydney Film Festival 3 to 14 June 2009
1734 friends | 196 updates | 45 memberships
AnimeExpo | Southern California
USA’s largest Anime and Manga Convention! Please direct any question to our forum at http://forums.anime-expo.org/.
1 friends | 77 updates | 48 memberships
Maker Faire | San Mateo, CA
Maker Faire Bay Area May 30-31
5 friends | 718 updates | 78 memberships
SAP TechEd | U.S., EMEA, India, China
Get great hands-on training and build real connections with SAP experts and community members! (Use hashtag #sapteched09)
2898 friends | 758 updates | 79 memberships
iPhoneDevCamp | San Francisco, CA
A worldwide community of developers for iPhone and iPod touch.
2660 friends | 313 updates | 62 memberships
Affiliate Summit | Berkeley Heights, NJ
The premier affiliate marketing conference.
3401 friends | 2869 updates | 17 memberships
RailsConf | Las Vegas, NV
2930 friends | 316 updates | 115 memberships
JavaOne Conference | San Francisco
The official handle of the JavaOne conference. Tweets by @BetsyHa, @Sumaya and @MMaryMary.
3185 friends | 715 updates | 57 memberships
Women’s Health Expo | New York
The Women’s Health and Fitness Expo is a one-day event that provides health, fitness, and nutrition tips to thousands of women across the tri-state area.
515 friends | 16 updates | 23 memberships
Tools of Change | Cambridge, MA
O’Reilly Media Tools of Change for Publishing
381 friends | 696 updates | 95 memberships
NEW YORK TV FESTIVAL | New York
The Festival for Independent Television
454 friends | 930 updates | 30 memberships
V Festival Australia | Australia
Australia’s own V Festival lands as usual in Sydney, the Gold Coast, Melbourne and Perth in March/April 2009.
979 friends | 130 updates | 23 memberships
e2conf | Annual events in Boston & SF
The largest gathering of E2 evangelists and others focused on connecting teams with Web 2.0 tools
2723 friends | 1056 updates | 52 memberships
New York Festivals | New York, NY
Marketing, Advertising, Awards, Social Networking,
311 friends | 226 updates | 38 memberships
MPI Events | Dallas, TX
Meeting Professionals International’s main conference page, for WEC, MeetDifferent, EMEC, GMEC, etc.
612 friends | 666 updates | 36 memberships
Social Breakfast | Germany
Official TwitterAccount of the Social Web Breakfast Team
2938 friends | 1276 updates | 31 memberships
Where 2.0 | San Jose, CA
O’Reilly’s Where 2.0 Conference
2520 friends | 339 updates | 50 memberships
Gov 2.0 Events | San Francisco, CA
Twitter account for Gov 2.0 Summit and Gov 2.0 Expo, co-produced by O’Reilly and TechWeb
1519 friends | 526 updates | 86 memberships
BarCamp | Earth
A BarCamp is an ad-hoc gathering born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment.
122 friends | 32 updates | 43 memberships
Luxury Travel Expo | New York, Las Vegas
the original.the standard.the signature event for the luxury travel industry.
158 friends | 51 updates | 38 memberships
Phoenix Fashion Expo | Phoenix, AZ
PHX Fashion & Beauty Expo 3/28/09! www.PhoenixFashionExpo.com
427 friends | 21 updates | 11 memberships
NABShow | Las Vegas, NV
The World’s Largest Electronic Media Event for Professionals Passionate about Content
2456 friends | 960 updates | 37 memberships
BarCamp Charlotte | Charlotte, NC
Charlotte’s 2nd BarCamp, a technology & media unconference, this Oct 17th @ Area 15 in NoDa
2557 friends | 366 updates | 32 memberships
oracleopenworld | Redwood City
Get the inside scoop, important announcements, and valuable tips and tricks for making the most of your experience at Oracle OpenWorld.
2120 friends | 652 updates | 65 memberships
VMworld | Palo Alto, CA
VMworld Twitter Account
2226 friends | 3329 updates | 45 memberships
OGI Conference | Washington, DC
The Open Government and Innovations Conference will explore how social media tools can make government more transparent, participatory and collaborative. #OGI
2697 friends | 367 updates | 15 memberships
Enterprise 2.0 | Germany
TwitterBot of Enterprise 2.0 SUMMIT / Nov 11 & 12, Frankfurt GER / operated by @traukainehm & @bn_at_twitter
2341 friends | 562 updates | 61 memberships
Christian Book Expo | Dallas, TX
More than 150 transforming workshops led by popular Christian authors. Tens of thousands of Christian books. More than 60 publishers exhibiting.
1901 friends | 477 updates | 31 memberships
Florida Tweetup | Florida
Florida’s Social Media Groove Promoting Florida Professionals, Organizations and Events. Welcoming Florida Tweeps and All Things Florida ☼☼☼☼☼☼☼☼☼☼☼☼☼☼☼☼☼☼☼☼☼☼
1969 friends | 454 updates | 39 memberships
Boise_Tweetup | Boise, ID
Facilitating local socal networking events. Announce Boise Area Tweet-Ups Here. DM us & we will retweet them.
2487 friends | 484 updates | 35 memberships
All Things D |
10 friends | 89 updates | 89 memberships
SF New Tech | San Francisco, CA
The heart and soul of the SF Tech scene. We’re 5000 strong and we don’t bite.
1564 friends | 362 updates | 48 memberships
techcocktail | Chicago, DC, Champaign, Boulde
Community building, aiding entrepreneurship & amplifying the technology signal and having fun doing it. Co-founded by @frankgruber & @ericolson
1713 friends | 527 updates | 42 memberships
Search Marketing Expo (SMX) is the must attend search marketing conference and expo backed by Search Engine Land.
7 friends | 656 updates | 100 memberships
REBlogWorld | Las Vegas, NV
A Real Estate Blogging & Social Networking Conference in Las Vegas, October 15th-October 17th, 2009
1903 friends | 555 updates | 40 memberships
Green Baby Expo | Chico, Ca
1458 friends | 11 updates | 13 memberships
AWEA | Washington, D.C.
AWEA is the voice of wind energy in the U.S., promoting renewable energy to power a cleaner, stronger America. Find us on Facebook: www.tinyurl.com/AWEAFacebook
1577 friends | 1138 updates | 59 memberships
Black Weblog Awards | Atlanta, GA
Get the latest information on the Black Weblog Awards! Vote for the finalists until 9/1! http://bit.ly/2rEPmS
2020 friends | 264 updates | 10 memberships
SICamp | Bethnal Green
Bit of an experiment in using social tech for social change
2254 friends | 823 updates | 35 memberships
Big Day Out | Australia and New Zealand
Big Day Out Festival
619 friends | 77 updates | 48 memberships
Fashion@Barcamp | NYC
2-day conference in NYC (Sept 12th&13th) bringing together the mainstream fashion community,indie fashion community,& the next wave of wearable technologists.
1687 friends | 86 updates | 16 memberships
Tweetup NYC | NYC
Use Twitter? Live in NYC? A casual meetup to converse with fellow Twitterers!
253 friends | 12 updates | 17 memberships
Actors Expo | London
Actor Expo is the UKs only tradeshow for actors and performers. London and Edinburgh! Actor, TV, Theatre, Film.
1827 friends | 300 updates | 8 memberships
ibmevents | NY, London, Paris, Tokyo
@thereyesreport, @ragtag & others telling you when and where it is happening
390 friends | 701 updates | 45 memberships
John Coonen | Chicago
Web designer turned CMS evangelist.
2313 friends | 4960 updates | 33 memberships
O’Reilly OSCON | San Jose, CA
O’Reilly Open Source Convention. Follow ‘oscon’ and ‘oscon’ will follow you, aggregating the twitters of all the attendees.
1972 friends | 465 updates | 50 memberships
Tech•Ed North Am. | New Orleans, LA
6 friends | 82 updates | 33 memberships
SIGGRAPH | s10=LA, s11=Vancouver
Things about SIGGRAPH conferences. Planning 2010, 2011, 2012
33 friends | 213 updates | 77 memberships
NCVS | New York, NY
The National Conference on Volunteering and Service: The world’s largest gathering of volunteer and service leaders from nonprofit, gov, and corporate sectors.
2201 friends | 434 updates | 30 memberships
We love the new twitter lists feature! They make it easier to follow conversations, to share accounts that you’ve curated, and to help people discover new accounts. So we were wondering how events are going to use them. We’re literally on day one of this feature, but there are five obvious lists that every event should make:
1. List of staff
Almost all events have multiple staff members on Twitter, or separate, but related, corporate accounts. Make a list!
2. List of attendees
To make this list you’ll need to ask for Twitter name during registration. In the new world of social media, self-promotion starts by promoting other people. Who better than your attendees? This will help other attendees discover each other and strengthen your event community. If you forgot to ask for Twitter name during registration you can export them out of CrowdVine (Admin -> Reports -> All Users).
3. List of sponsors
Wait, not all of your sponsors have Twitter accounts? Are you sure you want to be associated with these dinosaurs? For the ones that do, this is a quick way to help promote your sponsors.
4. List of speakers
You paid your keynote speaker top dollar to show up, but every other speaker is coming for visibility. This is one way for you to promote them and make their trip worthwhile. Plus, once you have this list, you can refer back to it in order to find posts to retweet.
5. List things to do around town
I have this friend, a totally devoted family man, who treats events like a jailbreak. There are no kids or responsibilities, so he’s free to go out to see live music. I know he’s not alone–many attendees want to explore the town. Work with your convention center or hotel to find local twitter accounts for event listings, roving taco/ice-cream trucks, and restaurants.
When I started CrowdVine, I broke several standard start-up practices. I didn’t talk to venture capitalists, I didn’t have a co-founder, and I didn’t even seek out an advisory board. Instead, I spent two months building a prototype and then took that to real customers.
For the most part, our customers have been our advisory board. But I’ve also been lucky to have a great adviser at home. My significant other, Sarah Milstein, is our only official adviser or investor and she’s brimming with relevant advice. She’s the founder of the Tools of Change for Publishing Conference and chair of the last two Web2Open unconferences in San Francisco, a second year UC Berkeley MBA student, and founder of her own startup, 20slides.com.
Most importantly she’s been producing an incredible body of work for how to use Twitter effectively. She’s been on Twitter since the first day of private beta and has interviewed hundreds of companies about their usage. This is work you should know about if you are trying to figure out how to use Twitter for your business or event.
Second, there’s the Twitter for Business webcast.
Third, if you want to keep abreast of the latest Twitter news, follow Sarah’s @TweetReport Twitter account.
If that’s not enough, I can personally recommend approaching her to speak at your conference or paying for the Advanced Twitter for Business webcast or the Micromessaging Revolution research report, all available from her personal site, SarahMilstein.com. Also if you like webcasts, you should sign up for the 20slides.com announcement.
I’ve been using Twitter for over two years to keep in touch with people personally, but lately it’s become an essential business tool.
About half of CrowdVine’s support requests originate on Twitter. When someone is blocked by a bug they email directly. When they’re merely annoyed they go somewhere to complain, and that place is often Twitter. We monitor search.twitter.com for any mention of CrowdVine and try to respond to all of them, good or bad.
Many of our conference customers use it even more heavily. It’s a place for them to broadcast information to attendees, share interesting links, and follow buzz. If you’re wondering if this is something for your business, then I’ve got two excellent resources for you.
First, here’s an introductory screencast on Twitter for business:
If you need more in depth coverage you should buy the research report from the same author, Sarah Milstein (also a CrowdVine advisor and my partner). It’s $249, which, if you’re used to getting your information online, might seem like a lot. However, if you need early access to business best practices, it’s a steal. Sarah got great access to the Twitter founders and to the businesses using Twitter.
We just added Twitter to our conference offering as a way for conference organizers to communicate with attendees and for attendees to connect with each other. Attendees can now add their twitterings to their profile, add someone as a twitter friend, and get messages from conference organizers. For those who don’t know, Twitter is a simple way for people to share short messages and it works extremely well on mobile phones. Of our recent conferences, about 25% of attendees already had a Twitter account.
Here’s a couple of reasons to use Twitter at your conference:
Stronger relationships. Attendees who have Twitter accounts can include their Twitterings right on their CrowdVine profile. That’s a nice way to see what each attendee is up to, but we think the key feature is the link to add the person as a friend on Twitter. For conferences, we’re totally focused on helping people making strong connections. We think it’s a big deal when we can help two people meet, but the meeting becomes much more powerful when it converts in to a permanent relationship.
News blasts. Set up a Twitter account for your conference and then use it to send out news. Good things to send are speaker announcements, travel info, and session changes. It’s a good method for sending out info because it gives attendees several options for receiving: web, text message (great while the conference is going on), RSS, and instant messenger.
Live Backchannel. Attendees can see what other people at the conference are twittering. Some of the most common and helpful chatter is about which sessions are good, which are bad, and where people are gathering after hours.