With its simplicity of communication, Twitter stormed into a highly populated arena and took everything and everyone in its sway. With 50 million active users every day, it has been used as a marketing tool around the world and helped turn around declining business. And this is not all: in 2011 Twitter played a pivotal role in the Arab spring and London riots, with its 140 characters of power.
From Patrick Tresset's tweeting Aikon robot, to Watkins Books' turnaround, and the role of digital media in politics, join us for an evening where our guests will have more than 140 characters to say about their Twitter experiences.
This event will be held @ Hospital Club, Tuesday 22 November, from 7.30pm onwards. Don't forget to RSVP here.
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Patrick Hayes is a political commentator for current affairs magazine spiked, an independent online phenomenon dedicated to raising the horizons of humanity by waging a culture war of words against misanthropy, priggishness, prejudice, luddism, illiberalism and irrationalism in all their ancient and modern forms. He also works part-time as head of press and promotions at the think-tank the Institute of Ideas and is a columnist for the Huffington Post and Free Society. He is a producer of the international Battle of Ideas festival, which he helped to establish in 2005. Previously he was head of research and development at TSL Education, publishers of The TES and Times Higher Education. Patrick regularly comments on politics and current affairs for a range of local, national and international media programmes, which have included Newsnight, Sunday Morning Live, BBC Radio 5 Live, Sky News, Russia Today and BBC London.
Etan Ilfeld is a London-based entrepreneur and the owner of Watkins Books, London's oldest spiritual bookshop. He will be talking about the apps Watkins Books is developing. And Hugh Thomas will talk about how Watkins Books has been so successful at building a following community.
Patrick Tresset is currently a researcher at Goldsmiths, University of London. After an interruption of almost seven years in his artistic practice, Tresset has found his medium of expression by diverting his on-going academic research he conducts in collaboration with Prof. Frederic Fol Leymarie from the Department of Computing. Their Aikon-II project investigates the sketching activity through computational modelling and robotics.