As we welcome in the New Year 2010
, I always like to look back at the previous year and celebrate the memorable moments that helped to define that year. As we transition from one year to the next I find it a good habit to acknowledge and be respectful of the past and to look with hope into the future.
I usually post my Top 10 memorable moments as a blog post but this year I tried something a little different. I went out to Twitter and asked others to participate using the hashtag of #2009Top10. It was fun to see others recollect the year in review and come up with their significant moments. Mahalos go out to bitershark, Melissa808, NathanKam, PHOTOluluTV and CindyBlanknship for participating. If you are interested in reading the tweet stream just do a search on #2009Top10 or click here. If over time Twitter does not archive this tweet stream I've saved it as a Google doc.
If you feel inspired to create your Top 10 memorable moments for 2009 please do. I encourage you to use the hashtag #2009Top10 and I will update the Google doc. Also as 2010 unfolds make every moment a special moment. The following is my reverse chronological thread of my Top 10 memorable moments in 2009. Wishing you all the best in 2010 - The Year of the Tiger!
After all these years on July 5, 2008 I finally got Guy Kawasaki (aka @guykawasaki
) to sign my Iolani Annual. Back in high school you would never think of having an upper classmen sign some lowly junior's yearbook. So thirty five years later I figured what's one year difference going to matter. Lucky for me, Guy got a kick out of checking out some of his old classmate's pictures and I got an autograph. What was quite amazing about this tweetup was that 24 hours before hand it wasn't public knowledge but once @infinitypro
got the word out via Twitter that Guy was interested in meeting up with some of the tech community we had a good 40 people show up at the Hawaii Prince Hotel pool side veranda. In that short amount of time, it was the perfect size. Everyone got a chance to participate in the conversation. The dialog covered all topics ranging from the state of tech in Hawaii, Twitter, Alltop.com, life in Silicon Valley, interviewing Steve Ballmer
, Steve Case, Garage.com, venture capital and even a little philosophical waxing. It was a tremendous opportunity to talk one-on-one with someone who has made a name for himself and sustained an ongoing presence and notoriety in an area where high stakes oneupmanship is a daily occurrence. Throughout it all, Guy seems to have maintained his local boy perspective. Although he did admit at one point in the conversation that if he made his billion dollars, we probably would not be hearing or seeing much of him. Perhaps to our benefit he is still just a millionaire. If you are interested in virtually experiencing the tweetup, @infinitypro captured the evening in a Ustream.tv webcast
. Also Nadine Kam (aka @fashiontribe
) wrote a nice post
in her Star-Bulletin blog. Finally if you didn't get enough of Guy in the Steve Ballmer interview, in which I think he did a killer job, then you have to see him in his standing ovation speech
at TieCon 2006 on the subject of his book Art of the Start. He truly has the gift of mastering and delivering the message.