My Magical Twitter Wish By Mark Coxon
It was awesome to be able to go to the AVNation TweetUp, and finally put some faces to the Twitter handles I see every day on my feed. I met quite a few of the people that I follow, and was amazed that not one disappointed in person. In fact, the personalities were amazing, and I found myself thinking that I wish Twitter could magically relate some of their qualities in more than text. Based on that thought, I thought I’d list some AVTweeps I met, and what unique qualities they showed that I wished could come through in a written 140 words.
1) @chris_neto- Chris Neto- Demeanor. Reading Chris’s blogs and tweets you know he was a subversive streak, and a no nonsense style. You also know he has an affinity for some aggressive an dark music, and used to work the night club scene. All this combined to create an image of Chris that was much like a lovable but rowdy insomniac. Not even close. Chris is the epitome of Bruce Lee’s method of staying relaxed all the way until the point of impact. He is low key and collected. He blogs first, drinks later and goes to bed at a reasonable hour. Beware however, because he could clinch his literary fist at any time with a pinpoint devastating RedBand blow to the solar plexus that leaves you breathless.
2) @tuckertues- George Tucker- Contrast. Reading George’s Tweets, you KNOW he has been around the AV Block. His commentary can be very technical, or he can boil his analysis down using analogies that are easy to understand but not oversimplified. This comes through in all of his online conduits, from Twitter, to AVNation podcasts, to his Tucker Tuesday and Tech Decisions blogs. What I found out about meeting George in person though, is that he is an artist. We have all seen those black and white pictures where the black forms an obvious image, but if you shift your eyes slightly, you notice that the white space makes a completely different image as well. George does this with words. If you speak to him in person, listen closely, as he will tell you just as much in his pauses and white spaces as he does in his spoken commentary. It is genius, as it allows him to say whatever he wants, without ever speaking it, and without ever being guilty of it if accused. He is a prime student of Polonius’ advice in Hamlet- “By indirections we find directions out.”
3) @WomeninAV- Jennifer Willard- Accent. You may have seen Jennifer’s stand on booth babes at electronics shows or her back and forth taunting of me about kicking my butt in #TheGame4 at InfoComm on Twitter. To survive and prosper as a woman in the Y chromosome saturated world of AV takes guts and tenacity, so that has always come through in her online persona. However, when I first heard Jennifer speak at the WAVE reception Wednesday night, I heard he Boston accent, and it all came rushing in. Being cheeky and voracious is one thing, but hearing it come from a northeasterner breaks you down in a whole new way. I read a few of her taunts again on Twitter, and suddenly realized I could not hold my own with this lady. I was running fairly even in our exchange in my head, but the accent closed the deal. Anyone who already knew Jennifer knew I had NO chance. I love it!
4) @TheAVPro- Phil Cordell- Southern Charm. HiPhi didn’t actually come to the TweetUp that I saw, but I did see him on the floor, and met him last year as well. If you’ve heard his album or seen his infamous “AV Professional” YouTube video you might get the impression that Phil could become funny to a fault, and may even be a little too much for some in person. Nothing is farther from the truth. Phil’s Tennessee charm, (I’m very familiar as my mom is from there) is the first thing you will notice when you meet him. He is very warm and gracious. He is extremely polite and humble, and dresses in a way that makes you want to put on some matching jeans, loafers, and a button down shirt and grab a sweet tea and some chicken and dumplings for Supper after church. Phil is too classy to rock a mullet haircut, but I think he embodies that attitude of “Business in the front, and party in the back.” Great balance!
5) @mikebrandesAV- Mike Brandes- Wisdom. OK, so that may first be thought of as a slam on Mike but it is not. His tweets are always funny and smart, and you can tell that he is a real “connector”. His subjects range from AV to jokes to politics and he a very active supporter of many on this list already. In meeting Mike though, I found him to have a professorial quality that gives him a dignified presence. Maybe it’s his dress or the manly beard, (a good beard like his can always evoke some of these impressions), but when he talks, you want to listen, because you feel like you are going to learn something new. It is fitting that he is in the higher education space professionally. His personality is a great bridge between the quirky and sometimes ragtag world of AV professionals and the collegiate Deans of the world. I really enjoyed meeting you Mike!
I wish I had time enough to have had conversations with every single one of the over 100 #AVTweeps that made the #TweetUp. I know that I would have been equally impressed with unique qualities of each of them. Oh well, there is always next year! See you then AVTweeps!
Mark has been in the IT & AV field for over 12 years. He currently works as an Account manager with Horizon Display and is a contributor with various AV industry publications. You can follow Mark on Twitter @AVPhenom. The expressed opinions are his own…You have been warned!