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Geek is a Global Language – But Twitter is Not (yet)

During the blogger embark on the USS Nimitz this past May, I enjoyed learning how social media is being used aboard an aircraft carrier at sea. Similarly, when I was invited to join the Traveling Geeks trip to Paris, I looked forward to experiencing social media in France first hand. Especially with – as fellow Geek Matthew Buckland referred to – a “top secret, Illuminati-type organization“. Except we were not secret about anything as we all share openly our thoughts online.


True to expectations, only moments into the first Traveling Geeks French start-ups meetings and LeWeb discussions, the similarities and differences of social media around the globe quickly came to light. Similarities were easy to see in the programming and features of application development, which quickly proved to a be a global language. As for differences, they fell primarily into three buckets  (with comedy insight provided by a Current TV video on the bottom of this post):


1. Where are the girl geeks in Paris? I know there are girl geeks in Paris; I  found a link to  my favorite Girl Geek Dinner organization in Paris. I did enjoy talking with Anne-Celine Jeanneau from Zoomorama (pictured, right) at the Paris Digital Content Companies Incubator. While fellow Traveling Geek Eliane Fiolet lives in the US now, she was born in France and is one of the most knowledgeable geeks I know! I was thrilled to see Geraldine Le Meur on the LeWeb stage, someone who ranks TOPS in my Tech Mom Twitter list.


When I visit different countries, I don’t keep track of how many women versus men I am meeting with. But I do enjoy seeing women globally communicate their strong, social media voice. In Silicon Valley, I connect with girl geeks through BlogHer, She’s Geeky, Anita Borg Institure, Women 2.0, Girl Geek Dinners and Girls in Tech (and more). While I don’t expect every area to have so many groups, I do enjoy meeting with local girl geek organizations while I am traveling and sharing ideas. Renee Blodgett and Eliane Fiolet worked hard to have diversity in the Traveling Geeks crew. Back in the US, BlogHer is researching into how women use social media: “BlogHer Team to Bring Research and Insights About How Women Use Social Media, Blogs to the White House and Republican Leadership”.


2. European Geeks Out Style Silicon Valley Geeks: While Silicon Valley geeks put on a clean tee shirt for tech conferences, European geeks take it up a notch. Here is a random geek waiting in line for LeWeb. I told him I was chronicling European Geek Chic. He looked confused but smiled for the camera. To top it off, he and many other Euro-geeks paired the geek uniform of jeans with a nice pair of (non-sneaker) shoes.


Just to keep up with the style, I put on every black and stylish piece of clothing I had. If I had time, I would of shopped from the assortment of beautiful french scarves to take my outfit up a notch. Luckily I am back home in my gym clothes, which is my preferred blogging uniform.


3. Where are the conversations? Person to Person or Twitter to Twitter?: In Silicon Valley, online social networking ID names rival business cards as a means for introduction and maintaining contact; I introduce myself as “TechMama on Twitter”. My perspective is that Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn are required applications
for global business interaction, especially for those
wanting to do business in the US. These applications are becoming the center of the conversation, with complimentary applications being built around them.

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Traveling Geeks 09 Paris: Microblog via Twitter

My platform of choice during the Traveling Geeks 09 trip to Paris was first Twitter to microblog, then loading the microblog items to a blog post (my blogging platform is Typepad). Twitter is an application that allows people to share what they are doing at the moment in 140 characters or less. My niche on Twitter is to share parenting and technology updates, so this information would fit within my framework.  At LeWeb I learned about Seesmic so I hope to try that out as an interface for my next microblogging adventure. I will also be experimenting with using the BlackBerry app for Whrrl to capture “stories” on the run.


I purchased an AT&T 200 MB International data plan for my BlackBerry Bold in preparation for microblogging in Paris, using my own daily calculations to make sure I would not go over (which is very expensive). All of this preparation would allow me to enjoy the tour, capturing the key moments while not taking too much time away to prepare blog posts until I returned home. Although microblogging does now allow in-depth analysis, it does capture the key points.


The International Data plan also helped me keep my smartphone email and social media app. addiction satisfied during my trip to Paris. The thought of a smartphone without a data plan was too much to handle.


Here is my Twitter Stream from the  #TG09 Traveling Geeks 09 trip to Paris. Each tweet is from my Twitter stream unless it has a “RT” or retweet in front of it. I took out my Twitter ID (TechMama) and hashtags after the first few to make it easier to read. 



As I said in my post about global “geek” language, we had a dream team of geeks on the trip: Renee Blodgett, Matthew Buckland, Amanda Coolong, Kim-Mai Cutler, Olivier Ezratty, Eliane Fiolet, Tom Foremski, Phil Jeudy, Frederic LardinoisRobert Scoble , Sky Schuyler, Rodrigo Sepulveda Schulz, David Spark, Ewan Spence, Jerome Tranié, and Robin Wauters. For full coverage of the Traveling Geeks Paris Tour 09 click over to the website. To follow the Traveling Geeks, there is a Facebook page and a Twitter list.  there is a I would have included more of the social banter that went on between the geeks, but I did not think it could be easily translated into 140 characters:

If we were not taking pictures, video, blogging, podcasting, microblogging, then we were talking about the gadgets we use to do that. If we were not talking about gadgets, then we were talking about the businesses or social media. We did all of this while walking all over the beautiful streets of Paris, at meetings or meet-ups, or running to and from the Paris Metro. But it was on the Paris Metro – that an stylish elderly French woman helped us understand that at times our laughing or conversation got too loud; she turned around to me on the Metro and said “Shhhhh” (international language for BE QUIET!).


techmama‘s Traveling Geeks Paris Tour 09 Twitter stream:

  1. techmama Shout out to #TG09 co-orgs: Eiane Fiolet f/ @ubergizmo, Renee Blodgett @magicsaucemedia & Phil Jeudy – Sky & for IT
  2.  techmama @kimmaicutler and @techmama along with the other TravelingGeeks at #TG09Paris 1st night dinner,we had a fun trip on metro to get to dinner
  3. techmama Learning about – seemless international calling. Wished I would of signed up before I left.. #TG09 Paris
  4.  #TG09 kick off diner with The traveling geeks @magicsauce @fredericl @robinwauters @kimmaicutler @tomforemski @acoolong @techmama (and @olivez @ubergizmo @dspark @ewan and @jimsky7) 
  5. techmama Les Traveling Geeks Goes to Paris Mashcast video is now LIVE @TravelingGeeks
  6. techmama Amazed-great reception my AT&T 3G on BlackBerry Bold in Paris, #Twitter & #Facebook also quick response.Next step is testing WiFi on netbook
  7. RT @pearltrees Some @travelinggeeks in Pearltrees right now #tg09 #leweb #pearltrees
  8. Learning about @pearltrees – Allows you to organize your fav content on web & get connected to people who share interests #TG09
  9. @PearlTrees interface allows you to manipulate and move your content, can create Pearls from Tweets & Tweets from Pearls #TG09
  10. @PearlTrees can be shared on Facebook, Twitter, email, embed (incl.your blog) and every PearlTree has their own URL #TG09
  11. Looking at @PearlTrees screencast  #TG09  
  12. Looking at the @Travelinggeeks #TG09 Flickr pictures #fb 
  13. Visiting Silicon Sentier, a cluster of 150 small & middle IT companies in Paris or nearby #TG09
  14. At Silicon Sentier #TG09 -Learning about MXP4, interactive listening, remix & personal playback site.
  15. Meeting at La Canteen w/ Invest in France Agency & Cap Digital, @soufron from introduced the event #TG09
  16. Invest in France Agency & Cap Digital event #TG09 – Learning about Time article;
  17.  RT @soufron @techmama have also a look at Cap Digital, the mothership of them all :
  18. Cap Digital event #TG09 Built matrix based on psychologist model -music and mode parameters used to link songs.
  19. Cap Digital Event #TG09 Listening about CiTu , CiTu is dedicated to research in emerging media fields.
  20.  Cap Digital Event #TG09 CiTu, mentioning
  21. Paris – Hearing from BearTech
  22. Paris Learning about Feedbooks Buy, Borrow (from library), Subscribe, Sample or Download books.
  23. @robinwauters Agreed, why is it that my Flickr pictures are uploading faster here in Paris then at my house in California?
  24.  Paris – Learning about XWiki  
  25. Paris – Learning about af83
  26. At Orange Labs, They have home wireless gadgets, TV subscription service, playback and website.
  27. #TG09 Orange Labs websites: 61 million unique visitors worldwide, partners with newpapers and Wikipdia ( @orangewikipedia ) 
  28. Orange Labs has a search engine website: Search text, video and audio.
    Mixes news and content on same subject but dif. languages
  29. @johnlpainter yes, lots of video and pictures on the website
  30. Website for Orange Labs Search (live soon)
  31. Orange Labs has moblie apps, agregates moblie access to favorite social media and feeds, incl Twitter picture MMS feature
  32. Presen. by Cedexis ,which provides collective intelligence platform
    that enables next gen traffic management strategies (no site yet)
  33. Hearing about Cedexis Radar (crowd based perf. monitoring)- compares mult. data centers, delivery networks, and cloud providers
  34. Hearing about Cedexis Open Mix-Cloud-based Global Traffic Management
    Platform(enables dynamic decisions based on real-time data feeds)
  35. Paris @juliencoulon (Co-Founder) gave presentation on Cedexis, site will be up soon
  36. Talking with @jxo – who advises and mentors entrepreneurs (has international clients).
  37. At Paris Innovation Reunion, The Paris Digital Content Companies Incubator hosts 100 startups 
  38. #TG09 Paris Innovation Reunion discussing reasons2choose Paris: market in heart of Europe, quality of life, wired city….
  39. #TG09 Paris Innovation Reunion: Hearing from Int13 – next gen mobile games
  40. @Scobleizer just explained to the incubator group that they all need to be on Twitter.  @Scobleizer “World-brand-building “)
  41. Paris Innovation Reunion – CityZeum travel info for web and mobile http://www.cityzeum attracted 7 million travelers this year  
  42. Paris Innovation Reunion- Scan and Target solution for real time text mining for web and mobile contents
  43. Paris Innovation Reunion- Rue89: Pure player news website (produce news in collaboration with news and experts)   
  44.  Paris Innovation Reunion – Gostai produces universal robotics software platform 
  45. Paris Innovation Reunion- Zoomorama is a solution for zoomable images (a international team of developers)   
  46. Paris Innovation Reunion- Stribe: Plug and play service to instantly create a social network on any website
  47. Paris Innovation Reunion – Path Motion developed a career planning and job search tool
  48. Paris Innovation Reunion -Website to find tutors & -online toolkit for live teaching 
  49. Paris Innovation Reunion – MLstate code to build web applications  
  50. Paris Innovation Reunion: Stupeflix – turns your pictures, videos, & text into professional videos. 
  51. at Just arrived to #LeWeb, discussion about enabling more people to use technology
  52. Microsoft Bizspark provides tools for startups, discussing having one application that goes to many platforms incl. moblie Theme of #LeWeb is Real Time Web – Real time feeds for visual (photos, video) and social apps like Twitter  
  53. Microsoft BizSpark initiative has 1000 partners, business relationships w/ Twitter, Facebook and MySpace 
  54. Discussing iPhone app for LeWeb, probably picking up this tweet b/c I used #LeWeb hashtag, integegrates Ustream and Facebook
  55. @TravelingGeeks are meeting with @RichardatDell at #LeWeb   
  56. In Aug 2006 @RichardatDell was given role to monitor and engage social media #TG09
  57. Dell actively monitors social media to listen and engage with customers, customer input is worked into customer design and support  
  58. @RichardatDell explaining Dell social media channels include Twitter, blogs, Facebook pages
  59. @ConfFar #LeWeb is in Paris, attendees are from all over the world
  60. Two other Dell Twitter IDs are @Dellservergeek and @mdomsch to provide tech server info
  61. Dell sales (current data) f/ various Twitter outlets globally is 6.5 million
  62. Dell connects to 3.5 million customers across social media outlets
  63. Good Dell Twitter ID to follow for families is @edu4u
  64. Retweet @kristiewells Two years ago, there was only one Twitter app — today, there are over 50k. #leweb
  65. RT MySpace opening up their real-time ‘stream’ as well. Let the data flow… #leweb
  66. (RT )kristiewells  MySpace opening 3 APIs: (1) search for people, images/videos, (2) public access to user activity stream/profile, (3) commenting #leweb
  67. (RT)MagicSauceMedia
    #tg09 #leweb Hanging out at Microsoft BizSpark lounge at LeWeb; the traveling geeks are blogging up a storm…
  68. Taking a look at
  69. @AnswersDotCom has Twitter ID and other social media outlets  
  70. Talking w/ @clubcooee 3D messanger client with chatrooms ,social media & social sharing #Microsoft BizSpark
  71. Taking with @tobiaspeggs about @oneriot Real time search engine #Microsoft BizSpark 
  72. Other #Microsoft BizSpark co. at #LeWeb : Huddle (online collaboration platform)
  73. Other #Microsoft BizSpark co. at #LeWeb : Xobni for people to manage, organize, and search e-mail   
  74. Enjoying my time at #LeWeb with Traveling Geeks
  75. #TG09 Reading @robinwauters @TechCrunch post on Twitter at #LeWeb 50,000 regist.apps2date-been built using Twitter APIs
  76. At #LeWeb party at Hotel De Ville, Paris
  77. #leweb Watched Tony Hsieh discuss @zappos culture of happiness, advice “don’t chase money – chase vision” # 
  78. #TG09 @loic & Geraldine Le Meur 2nd day of #leweb @leweb Great learn about European&global web trends
  79. #TG09 #leweb @chrisbrogan:“put human face on business & how the web is going to do that -by building
    Trust Agents
  80. Created pearltree: TravelingGeeks – check it out here: (will be adding another Traveling Geeks Pearltree for more)
  81. Posted about @QueenRania ‘s #leweb talk about social media and activism:
  82. Finished at #LeWeb heading out to our last night out in Paris. We are all going to finish putting up posts
  83. RT @jowyang Slides: Three ways companies can develop strategies to respond to real-time way.
  84. RT @olivez My main stage photo gear @ #leweb is 70-200mm 2.8 with x2 extender on a Canon EOS 5D II. 1500 pics so far today. It rocks. #tg09.  
  85. RT @dspark My summary of the entire show. “The cool and not-so-cool from #LeWeb #tg09  
  86. Enjoyed Paris and #LeWeb, getting ready to go back to California.
  87. Flying back f/ Paris,Checked International Data plan f/4 days in Paris on my
    BlackBerry emailing & Twittering: Plan is 200MB,I used 153MB


Olivier Ezratty




This post is written by Beth Blecherman of Reproduction of this article with permission only. This was a sponsored trip organized by the Traveling Geeks. Disclosure policy can be found on the Traveling Geeks website. Bitly short URL for this post:


LeWeb: Queen Rania Discusses Digital Darwinism and 1Goal Initiative For Global Education

In the age of digital media, it is inspiring to see women with a global presence utilizing different social media channels for communication and public good. On Day 2 of LeWeb conference, Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of the Hashermite Kingdom of Jordan spoke not only about “The human race living in a digital space” but of her global education initiatives.

Queen Rania is a role model for living in the digital space; she is active in the following social media outlets:


Facebook Fan Page:



On her website, Queen Rania lists her initiative areas including global education. The initiative she discussed during her talk is called 1Goal ( Here are the goals from Queen Rania’s website:

“1GOAL is a new campaign to raise support for Education for All, and hold world leaders accountable to their promises. 1GOAL brings together the experience and expertise of the Global Campaign for Education with
the passion and power of football through FIFA.”

Queen Rania asked everyone to take a second and spread the word on 1Goal, so I decided to share over Twitter. She then explained her reasons for getting involved in social media  Here are some notes I took from her explanation:

“The human race living in a digital space. Doing more then just documenting – you are part of new field of digital anthropology that let us represent ourselves online.  A “digital Darwin”. My virtual self can get closer to more people then my real self. It is hard to connect to people when you are a Queen. But online people are not afraid to speak their minds. It has created a space where everyone is free to say what they please and help spread ideas and causes. I get dubbed “Monarch on mission”. I can’t help but get excited by what I see. Can the real time web bring real time change? Can it tackle real time challenges? What we need now is to amplify our actions, offline people will have to listen. Education for all. Around the world there are 75 million kids out of school. more then 55% of those are girls, denied the chance to read a book less read a computer.  With every year of education, income increases by 10%. If children were educated it could save 7 million cases of HIV in the next decade. “

So Queen Rania took her cause to Twitter. She asked her followers if online activism can change real world problems? Queen Rania’s followers wondered if it would be “difficult to get everyone out of computer chairs, they think that virtual movements lead to virtually nothing.”

She challenged us by saying “with all the digital talent in this room, we can help. Dedicate one moment for 1Goal “. MySpace has stepped up to work with 1Goal. At LeWeb Queen Rania had a chance to meet with Facebook and Twiiter.

Queen Rania then left us with a few more digital words of wisdom: ” The challenge is to deepen the link with the web and the world, for people to make their own leap from digital interaction to activism. To bring real change to humanity. To make livestreaming – life changing!”


TechMama is Traveling – With None Other Then The “Traveling Geeks”

Million Mile Frequent Flyer Status is not all it is cracked up to be

Before I joined Deloitte, I was an international computer auditor.  This gave me the opportunity to travel to Mexico, Spain, Sweden, England, Puerto Rico, France and all over the United States. The business trips were back to back for weeks at a time and luckily they were all BK (before kids). I thoroughly enjoyed the travel but I had no – um – personal life.

Now I have the personal life, but fitting in travel is not easy…

With three amazing but extremely active boys, a wonderful husband (Neil Blecherman) and multiple blogs to manage – I try to limit my traveling to only key events. My involvement in social media has given me the opportunity to connect with an amazing network of bloggers from both BlogHer and the Silicon Valley Moms Group. My programming/systems project management background led me to also show my geeky side by connecting with technology and social media bloggers. I created a personal blog to discuss my perspective as a tech mom ( and am starting a vlog called GadgetSpin with Eliane from Ubergizmo, TechieDiva, and Ponziarelli. But no matter how much I develop my online network, attending conferences/events to have old fashioned “live interaction” is still the best form of networking.

Bloggers gone traveling...

There are some amazing social media connectors and community builders and when they call about an event – I jump on board.  They look for stories that need to be told or discussions that need to be sparked – then match bloggers to the stories to bring information online. One connecter is Guy Kawasaki who organized an amazing blogger embark on the USS Nimitz and introduced me to Alltop (now I have MyAlltop!). Robert and Maryam Scoble and Steve Brobeck organized a blogger bus to CES last year that gave me the opportunity to spend time with an engaging group of bloggers. One of the bloggers on board was Christine Lu. When she informed me about the ReThink Hawaii conference, I decided that was a great work-cation opportunity. I also view my partners at Gadgetspin as connectors. Eliane and her Ubergizmo team just recently organized Ubergizmo10 – well worth the drive to San Francisco. There are also multiple circles of moms who have used their community building, shopping and writing skills to form online networks.

I have been following Renee Blodgett for some time and enjoy her insights on social media. I also view  Renee Blodgett as a social media connector and community builder. She is one of the co-founders of a group called Traveling Geeks . The Traveling Geeks website describes it best: “Traveling Geeks is a consortium of entrepreneurs, thought leaders,
authors, journalists, bloggers, technology innovators and influencers
who travel to countries to share and learn from peers, governments,
corporations, and the general public in order to educate, share,
evaluate, and promote new, innovative technologies. The initiative was
founded by Jeff Saperstein and Renee Blodgett in 2008.

Traveling Geeks 2009 – Paris

When I was invited to join theirTraveling Geeks/Paris trip, I knew that was one adventure not to miss (no matter how many mom-planning-loops I had to jump through). I can’t wait to see what is in store for the Traveling Geeks Trip to Paris, which includes attendance at LeWeb. I plan to be online sharing the trip with my readers as much as the international connections allow. The Twitter hashtags for the trip are #TG09, #travelingeeks. Their is also a Facebook fan page and a Twitter ID: @travelinggeeks.

Now back to my search for an unlocked GSM smartphone international data plan and international Broadband card!

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