November 1, 2010
Hundreds of small town residents gathered at a conference that showed how real-time technology is changing business and agriculture.
Organizers of the "140 Characters Conference" provided information, perspectives, and insights to social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. The first ever small towns "140 Characters Conference" was held in Hutchinson today.
"What happens in a small town, happens everywhere. Plus, we're in a time where if you're connected to the broadband net, it doesn't matter where you work. It doesn't matter where you live. We're all the same, the world did become flat," said Jeff Pulver, 140 Characters Conference founder.
Barb Alpers participated in the conference as both a small town resident and a farmer rancher from Hudson, Kansas. She helps organize the Facebook fan page for "Get Hudson Kansas."
"A lot of the people that have joined the 'Get Hudson Kansas' fans are people that were raised in Hudson, still have fond memories of it," said Alpers. According to the 2000 census, Hudson's population is 133, yet their Facebook page has twice as many people with 324 fans.
Other conferences have been held in London, Los Angeles, and Tel Aviv. People can follow participants' tweets from the conference using #140conf on Twitter.