Twitter can be a rich backchannel for discussing ideas and making connections at a professional conference. Or you can just use it for cheap laughs. Guess which one I like?
By the end of Open Networking Summit, I'd been traveling for personal and professional reasons for 12 of the previous 21 days, attending three conferences in three separate cities. That's a lot of PowerPoint slides, rich food, liquor, lack of exercise and sleep deprivation, badly upset by too much coffee. I was getting loopy. And I began abusing Twitter.
Judging by my tweetstream, other people were feeling the same way.
Here are some of my favorites, starting from the airport at home:
Background music is faintly playing Twisted Sister "We're Not Gonna Take It." Next song maybe "Isn't It Ironic?"— Mitch Wagner (@MitchWagner) March 14, 2016
Don't judge me for drinking syrup out of the bottle.— Michael Bushong (@mbushong) March 15, 2016
Woke up thirsty. Took a sip of the in-room bottled water without reading the tag first. $5 penalty!— Mitch Wagner (@MitchWagner) March 15, 2016
"On the nacho line" sounds like a metaphor for something dirty. But I am, in fact, on the nacho line. #ons2016— Mitch Wagner (@MitchWagner) March 17, 2016
Turns out "business casual" and "pants optional" are different things. I know that now. #ons2016— Mitch Wagner (@MitchWagner) March 17, 2016
OH: "Food at conferences has zero calories." ME: *stuffs brownies into facehole with both hands.* #ONS2016— Mitch Wagner (@MitchWagner) March 17, 2016
And here's what I'm like after all that travel:
But Open Networking Summit wasn't all silly tweets. Mainly, it was about great insights and information about open networking (some of which was delivered by a woman seen here wearing a viking hat, and a man contemplating guzzling syrup). Here's some of the best of what we saw and heard:
- Open Source Is Killing Us
- Facebook: Operations Comes First
- The Saddest Place at Open Networking Summit
- CORD Opens Door to Virtual Reality & More
- AT&T Shares ECOMP Vision, Might Share Software
- ON.Lab: Open Source Must Also Integrate
- CORD Connecting as ONOS Expands
— Mitch Wagner, , West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading.