I have been having a ball blogging and tweeting about Sharjah Book Fair. The #shjibf twitter stream has been running hot with locals and visitors alike. There were events organised solely on twitter, tweetups, impromptu meetings based on tweets, insightful commentary and lols.
We were kitted out with Galaxy Tabs, Samsung’s answer to the ipad, and full data cards and let loose on Sharjah. (It’s been really fun playing with a new toy but I don’t recommend the Galaxy over an ipad.)
Formalising the social media element (informally formalising, maybe – it wasn’t regimented!) of the fest was a great initiative from the Sharjah Book Fair. I really have to commend the organisers for taking such a professional and innovative approach to social media – the model (army of kitted out and knowledgeable tweeps and bloggers) is one many other festivals would benefit from adopting, the EWFincluded. (We do pretty well but there is always room for improvement!)It is impossible to control social media but if you get experienced people involved then you can vreate something pretty special, and that is absolutely what has happened here in Sharjah this year.
The #shjibf twitter stream in particular created a really great vibe for social media types at the festival – the word ‘connection’ can be overused but seriously, it’s true, I met so many lovely and interesting people through twitter and it’s been great to hang out at the festival with people I know. It blows my mind that ten days ago I had never been to the UAE and now I have many, many friends here.
Getting out tweet on
It has been so great meeting really diverse and talented writers of the social media posse, be they ‘official’ or coming in through the #shjibf stream, and I look forward to our connections extending into the future.