Tuesday, June 2, 2009


Well, I am finally almost recovered from the incredible energy of TWTRCON. Everyone came together to make a really successful experience, and Thumbfight was among the winners.

My fellow demo-ers were extremely nice, sharing water, advice, and everything else. Special shout-outs to the crews at TweetFunnel, Jobaba, ObjectiveMarketer, UserVoice, and HootSuite for being especially helpful and cool.

I was the first TWTR Bootstrap company to arrive...first to secure the battlefield. I had been very inspired by the Maker Faire, so I had put together a super-custom multicolor LED display sign, that showed the latest Thumbfight tweets in real-time. That's right, superior firepower thru homebrew hardware hacking, baby!

Not to mention, we introduced a cool new feature for Thumbfight just in time for the conference: you can now display the real-time results for a particular Thumbfight as an embeddable widget. You can put it on your blog, or put together an internal web page matching up with all your competitors.

I am very pleased to say that Thumbfight was one of the winners of the "TWTR Pitch" voting. That meant that I got to go onstage in front of the entire crowd, and give a 140 second pitch about what we are doing. I still had 40 seconds left over!

The response to the Thumbfight demos was amazing. Many people were checking it out, and we had to triple our server capacity to handle the load! Thanks to our hosting at Heroku, for making that just ridiculously easy to accomplish on the fly.

Later, I was interviewed for the Twooting podcast for TWTRCON. It was awesome to be a part of the same podcast as Guy Kawasaki and MC Hammer! You can check it out here, my interview starts at about 2 hours and 40 minutes.

Thanks again to the volunteers, attendees, speakers, sponsors, and the fantastic organizers for making the event a big win for everyone.


  1. Thanks for the comments, Ron, and for participating in TWTRCON and adding your energy to the mix. It was great to meet you at TWTRCON and see the Thumbfights in action.
    Love the photo you chose to go with the post!

  2. Thanks, Tonia! It was also great meeting you, and we are very much looking forward to the next TWTRCON.