As we ramp up for Anticipation ’09, or the 67th World Science Fiction Convention starting this week in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, I thought I’d give everyone a heads-up about Convention Reporter, a new site created by Cheryl Morgan and Kevin Standlee designed to aggregate up-to-the-nanosecond news about he goings on at the Palais de Congrès.
ConReporter is a mashup aggregator of people’s social media links, including blog posts, tweets, Flickr images, and any other type of content they generate during Worldcon. The idea is to create a central place where you can see all the disparate reports from the different people attending in one centralized location. As such, Ms. Morgan and Mr. Standlee have been reaching out to attendees in order to have them opt in to being listed on the site. Ms. Morgan says: “Worldcon is so busy that no one person can keep track of everything, but with all of the ‘citizen journalists’ we’ll have there it is possible to get some sense of how much is happening.”
I think it’s a great idea, which is why I’ve signed up. Others already on the site include: Lou Anders, editorial director for Pyr Books (and Tor.com contributor), who says: “ConReporter is a brilliant idea. Cheryl and crew are spot on when it comes to dragging SF&F into the 21st century where it has always belonged. I’m thrilled to be part of ConReporter and can’t wait to start tweeting the minute I hit the ground in Montreal”; John Joseph Adams (badass anthologist, assistant editor at F&SF, Rock Band god, and also a Tor.com contributor); John Picacio; Jay Lake; Catherynne M. Valente; Elizabeth Bear; Worldcon GOH Neil Gaiman; Tobias S. Buckell; Tor Books associate editor Liz Gorinsky; and Tor Books senior editor and Tor.com fiction editor Patrick Nielsen Hayden.
The really cool thing is that it’s not limited to pros—if you’re going to the con, head on over to the site and sign up. So far, there are over 30 people from
over 30 9 countries, including Ireland, Brazil, France, Italy, Greece, and Israel, covering the con in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Hebrew (I myself will be doing a lot of Tweeting in Spanish, for the hispanoparlantes listening in).