It’s the day before the biggest blogging conference of the year and I haven’t even started packing yet. It’s the annoying part of traveling, but I gotta do it. And the most important part is making sure I have everything I need to stay connected.
Social media doesn’t stop just because I’m taking a trip. So in order to keep up, I gotta take the necessary steps to stay social on the go:
This is, by far, one of the top things I need to have to stay social. Twitter is the way I express myself, share great stuff, let people know where I am, and communicate with people I want to meet. Also, when attending a conference like Blogworld, you have to follow along with the hashtag (#bwela) so you know what’s going on at events within the conference so you don’t miss out.
There are many different free apps for iPhone and Android that you can download to stay connected through Twitter. Just head to your App store for more information.
Hootsuite is the dashboard I use on my computer to stay connected to all my social networks in one place. This makes it easy for me to check on the accounts for myself and my clients without having to log in and out of different social networks. This includes, Facebook fan pages and LinkedIn in addition to Twitter accounts. I keep the Hootsuite App on my phone so I can stay connected to my work, as well as update my Savvy Sexy Social networks about what’s going on at the conference. This app is an absolute must for me to stay on top of everything.
Hootsuite is a free app available for both iPhone and Android phones.
So I’m sure you heard recently that iPhone 4S owners are a little upset about the battery life of their phones. No where near as great as it was advertised. As they try to fix the problem, this accessory is an absolute MUST for me. As a matter of fact, it wouldn’t matter if I had the best battery life in the world, when I’m at a conference where the wireless signals are going crazy with all the people tweeting and communicating in one place, I need backup for when my phone dies. You’d be surprised at how few outlets you can find at these things.
If you think checking in is silly, then you will be surprised at how much you love it when you’re at a conference. This is, by far, the best way to find out where all your friends are with just a check of the app.
Foursquare is a free app for both Android and iPhone.
I was pretty devastated last year when I didn’t have a tablet. Only my laptop. I was running around Blogworld with only my Blackberry and a pad of paper and pen. Oh how far I’ve come. I didn’t want to cart around my laptop all over the conference, so I just made it as easy as possible to go from session to session without breaking my back and it worked out okay.
But I wasn’t able to stay social. I wasn’t able to live blog. I wasn’t able to type instead of write. I bought the iPad as soon as I got home because I didn’t want to be in that situation again and it has proved to be a GREAT investment since.
If I’m in a city that I don’t know very well and I’m looking for a place to eat or just a coffee shop with a nice atmosphere to write, I look to Yelp. All the reviews from the avid users are extremely helpful and I always end up somewhere decent instead of a total shot in the dark. Keep Yelp on hand as another checking in tool as well. Your friends might be using it instead of Foursquare.
Yelp is a free app for both iPhone and Android.
Camera and tripods
Where would I be without my video camera? It’s of course a must for my trip, in addition to lots of memory. Too much video to be taken to be running out of space. I also have a mini tripod for when I need to film a quick episode in a less vloggy/more formal format. And I also have my ishot extender for when I’m too short to get a good shot.
Plancast is a website that I use frequently to find out about events going on around me and where I will be traveling. I like to keep the Plancast app on my phone in case I lose track of events on my calendar. SO much going on!
The Plancast app is only available for iPhone, but you can save the webpage as a favorite for Android and it can be saved on your home page just like any other app.
This is a great app for keeping track of the people you meet. It’s made for conferences like Blogworld where you are meeting a bunch of people and you may not be exchanging business cards, but want to make sure you remember them to you can connect later. A nice contact management buffer until I have time to properly enter them in my actual contact mangement system.
Hashable is available for both Android and iPhone.
And it all comes back to my amazing laptop. I call it amazing because I can’t believe how long it’s lasted me and how much it’s gone through. Still running strong and I still bring it everywhere with me. The iPad is great for on-the-go situations, but I still can’t do everything I want to do with it. I need the good ol’ Sony Vaio to back me up.