Monday, October 19, 2009

KidLitCon09 -- Making connections

Just a short post here to let you know that you can click here to find the twitter stream from the KidLitCon09 conference this past weekend. Greg Pincus (otherwise known as Gregory K. initiated a Twitter stream from the conference itself and posted it on one of his blogs, The Happy Accident.

It includes tweets from the talk a representative of the FTC gave. She said that the FTC would NOT fine bloggers if they don't reveal where they got the books they review. (Under Section 5 of FTC act, which prohibits deceptive and unfair advertising practices.) Endorsement was the part we had been worried about. (Endorsement is an advertising message that reflects the views/opinions of someone other than advertiser.) The FTC representative said that her government department usually would go after the suppliers, instead. She seemed quite surprised that we online book reviewers had been so worried about the act. It's aimed at product advertisers who give products to a third party so that that party would spread the word about the product, not book reviewers.

The FTC representative sees a definite distinction between independent reviewers and people part of marketing program.

(added later) I'm sure that lots of the people who attended will be blogging all week about their conference experience. Someone just left a comment here that you can find more information about the FTC talk on Michelle's blog, Galleysmith.

Since several attendees joined the Conference Tweet stream, as well as non-attendees bemoaning the fact that they weren't there, the whole Tweet stream shows lots of different viewpoints of the conference streaming at the same time.

Greg gave a WOW presentation about the various parts of online Social Media. And why we should be involved in it. He invited all of us who had brought laptops to rush up to our rooms and have them before us while he talked, in order to see the powerpoint presentation he had created. (There was no powerpoint projector and screen set up in the room.) Zoom! Enough laptops appeared all over the room that everyone had no problems seeing them.

Sunday Morning, at breakfast, he taught several Tweeter newbees (including me) about Tweeting. His mantra is that Twitter is Making Connections. I'm not sure I'll ever be comfortable with it, but at least now I know more about it.

Greg posts from three blogs as well as Twitter:



Anonymous said...

Good post, Wendie. Michelle has a recap on her galleysmith blog:

Wendie O said...

Thanks. I added the link to my post. -wendieO

Greg Pincus said...

Thanks for the shout outs, Wendie. It was great to get to meet you in person after we've connected in so many virtual forms!

And I see the FTC information has made it to Galley Cat (at Media Bistro) and Publisher's Weekly as well. It was great information for us all to hear, and kudos to Pam for pulling it off.

Anonymous said...

So Wendie, what's your Twitter handle so we can follow you? :)

Wendie O said...

Laurie, after having said that I would never have a blog, I was forced to begin a blog. You can see that I've been blogging for two years.

So, I shouldn't say that I'll never twit. (Do Twitter? tweet? What the heck do you call it?) As for now, I have no Twitter handle, sorry. -wendie old

Anonymous said...

Oh, sorry, Wendie! I misunderstood your post to mean you were trying it out. It's really easy--MUCH easier than blogging IMO, and there's already such a great #kidlit community there. I'm trying to build the #nfforkids community, but so far not many have picked it up. If you ever want to try it out, feel free to email me. I'd be happy to walk you through it. :)

Michelle said...

Wendy thank you for including me in your recap! It was a pleasure to be able to spend time with you and all the amazing participants at KidLitCon.