Over at the Traffic Exchange Live conference room the same set of questions crops up from time to time.
They are usually asked by a newcomer to TELive and take various forms:
“What is this room for?”
“Are we actually going to get any training in here?”
“Is it always like this in here?”
“Why is everyone wearing a tinfoil hat?”
OK so I made the last one up but we will return to the tinfoil hats before too long.
So what is TELive?
Well it certainly has a training element and while sometimes it seems like a day care center, at other times it is almost impossible to define.
It is certainly a place where members of the overall traffic exchange community can come out and get to know each other.
Some use it as part of an overall campaign to raise their brand awareness while, I suspect, most turn up simply to be entertained.
Sometimes it is a place to learn something new, or to pick up some gossip, or a quick marketing tip or a warning about a scam or to let off steam or simply to be entertained as others let off steam.
It can be both educational and silly in the space of a few moments but few would argue that it is anything other than vibrant and alive.
There are times when I take notes because there are new things to learn and there are times when I couldn’t take notes if I wanted to for laughing so loud.
On occasion I am left shaking my head in wonder or despair at some of the things I hear and I suspect there are times when others despair at some of the things I say.
On some days it serves as background entertainment while I focus on other tasks but on other days it demands my full and undivided attention.
There are times when it is utterly mad and one would be forgiven for thinking that the whole online world has gone collectively crazy.
Monday’s TELive was, for me at least, the maddest of the mad and perhaps also the most enjoyable TELive I can recall.
If you missed it you missed a treat. If you were there then you are probably still wondering what on earth happened.
So allow me to recap.
I don’t think many would strongly disagree with me if I said that the TELive community has more than its fair share of eccentric characters.
And whether it is climate change, the state of the world economy, the spending plans of the liberal elite or whatever, things have been decidedly eccentric of late.
On Monday TimTech raised the bar in TELive eccentricity by deciding it was a good time to launch the inaugural session of Tinfoil Hat Tuesday.
It struck me as decidedly odd to launch Tinfoil Hat Tuesday on a Monday…surely it would make far more sense to have done on a Wednesday?
But Monday it was and Justin came online looking like this:
Then Tim and his daughters followed suit…
And not to be out-done Jon joined in the craze…
While Larry showed off his new hat…
Then Bill took things one stage further…
And finally Justin came back for some more…
Whether Tinfoil Hat Tuesday becomes a regular Monday feature remains to be seen but it certainly added to the fun of TELive.
So the next time someone asks “What is this room for?” I am still not quite sure how to reply.
What do you think?
What is TELive actually for?
I suspect there are no right or wrong answers here.