I had the honor and pleasure of sitting between Mary Abraham and John Gillies at the ARK KM Conference in New York City over the last two days.  Mary and John are two of the most prolific and talented live tweeters on the planet. They attend conferences and tweet nearly every word coming from the speaker micro-seconds after they have been spoken.  In the last few years, I have gotten an education in KM through twitter by following the tweets of Mary and John and countless others.  I have been able to attend many conferences across the planet that I could never have afforded to attend in person, by simply following the Twitter hashtag associated with the conference.  It was a real treat to see Mary and John in action.  Although, having participated remotely so often, I discovered I have developed a kind of Twitter myopia. I sat in the room and listened to some really terrific presentations, but I didn’t believe a word they said until I read it in a tweet.

On the first day of the conference, I was seated at a table with Mary on my left, John on my right, and David Hobbie (a prolific tweeter in his own right) on the other side of John.  I tweeted the following and David and Mary responded.


Let this be a lesson to lazy kids everywhere:  If you’re going to mooch off the hard work of others, never ever brag about it!

A few notes about this Tweet Stream:

I have edited the stream quite a bit.  I flipped it, it is now in chronological order from top to bottom. I removed a lot of redundancies.  I removed all straight retweets that added nothing to the original or simply said “Agreed” or “Interesting”. Where I kept a retweet, I removed the original quoted text and indented the retweet beneath the tweet it was referring to.  I removed the conference hashtag, except where it was used in reference to the conference itself, or if the hashtag was being commented upon.  I kept the back and forth peripheral conversations only when, in my opinion, it added something to the content being presented.  Needless to say, I cut a lot and I was probably inconsistent throughout, so don’t hold me to anything I just said.  I think what remains is a pretty good set of notes from a terrific group of note takers and some really wonderful presentations. 

I have copied the Title, Description, and Presenters from the Agenda and entered them into the Tweet Stream in the appropriate places.

Our own Toby Brown gave the Keynote on Wednesday, but this stream picks up after his keynote with the first Client Panel.  Toby’s ongoing series of blog posts “The Economics of Law and the Future of Legal KM” is a distillation of the Keynote he gave on day one. 

The conference began with a mutiny of sorts.  After Toby’s keynote the official hashtag of the conference was announced as #ARKKM2012.  We pick up our stream, already in progress…

UPDATE: David reminds me in the comments that he and Mary were live blogging summaries of many of the ARK KM presentations on their respective blogs:   

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Ryan is an executive at a small, but well-known legal technology company. Prior to his jump to the vendor side, he served for 3 years as Legal Technology Innovation Architect at Norton Rose Fulbright, running Technology Innovation projects around the world. His sense of humor and remarkable tolerance for verbal and psychological abuse has gotten him through more than 15 years in Legal Technology. In 2015, McClead was named a FastCase 50 recipient, and in 2018, he was elected a Fellow in the College of Law Practice Management. In past lives, he was a Knowledge Manager, a Systems Analyst, an “IT Guy”, a Fashion Merchandiser and Theater Composer.

  • Ryan–

    Very nice work on this, I'm very pleased you took up my (somewhat) joking challenge and turned the session tweets into something much more useful than what usually comes out of a stored Twitter stream. Removing the hashtag, redundant RTs, and the like takes out a lot of the clutter, and putting them in the context of the session information is also useful.

    One comment, I was doing more live-blogging than tweeting in many of the sessions–my Ark Conference posts on Caselines are tagged together at http://caselines.blogspot.com/search/label/arkkm and Mary Abraham's posts are likewise at http://aboveandbeyondkm.com/tag/ark

  • I'm just here to say that that is a magnificent headline. Well done.

  • Thanks Jordan!
    I've been sitting on that all week. Can't believe no one else used it.

  • This is fantastic, Ryan! Thanks so much for creating this wonderful record of the conference.

    – Mary

  • Anonymous

    Very cool, thanks Ryan!

    -Kevin Klein (Ark Group)

  • I appreciate your kind words, Ryan. I enjoyed meeting you in "real time" rather than virtual space.