I’ve been online 24/7 since I got my first smart phone. Anywhere I go I can tell my friends and followers what I do and think on the spur of the moment.
Sure I’ve burned my wallet on roaming charges posting photos on Facebook as I took them in Tokyo… But did I regret it? No way! I could share my experiences there and then and I like it that way.
So when Movie-Con 3 came to town I, and probably lots of other people in the audience, was looking forward to sharing online the latest in movie news as we heard it from the directors, producers and actors themselves.
However, to our surprise there was small army of suited bodyguards who requested us to hand over our mobile phones before we could join the weekend of movie goodness.
I have read articles about people who tried to live without their mobile phones (some even voluntarily) and they all rave about how liberating it was. Having tried it myself now, I can honestly say my experience was completely the opposite; It was not a pleasant.
At any convention/conference there is always a lot of waiting around. Yes, you can talk to people around you, but I still feel that loosing the ability to check in with the wider online community was limiting me to a single stream of conversation.
If a tree falls in a forest and nobody tweets the crash, did it actually happen?
However, The biggest issue for me was loosing the ability to share the good stuff; not being able to tell people to check this and that trailer and not being able to share unexpected events such as the man proposing to his girlfriend on stage or John Landis gate-crashing the event just to see Scott Pilgrim vs The World (awesome movie, btw).
Somehow not being able to post these events as they unfolded left us questioning whether they actually happened, as we couldn’t share them.
And it isn’t just a question of whether we are able to share; it is also a question of when. I don’t think it is sufficient to share the experiences hours later when the men in black returned our phones.
By then the events have come and gone. Life has moved on, other events happening elsewhere are being tweeted by other people and they require instant reactions, as responding while the tweets are hot are as important as sharing the events as they happen.
It is a new world of collective experiences where we can all actively participate in each other’s adventures and enjoy events we would otherwise never get close to.