Tom Miller and Julie Spira talk online dating at this year's 140 Characters Conference.
This past week, tweeps everywhere crowded into the 92nd Street Y in New York City for the 2010 140 Characters Conference, a platform for Twitter members to "listen, connect, share and engage with each other, while collectively exploring the effects of the emerging real-time Internet on business." For two days, people sat rapt, with smartphones and laptops at their sides, while live-tweeting panels on real-time news gathering, social media and education, tweetups and more.
Our own Tom Miller—YourTango's General Manager and Tomfoolery blogger—joined author and dating coach Julie Spira to talk about Love, Dating and Romance in the Real-Time Web. Check Out Tomfoolery The Twitter Conference
What makes them the experts? Spira, in conducting research for her latest book, went out on 250 dates with men she'd met online. These dates yielded four marriage proposals, one marriage, one engagement and tons of story fodder. Miller, in the meantime—aside from working for the premier website on love and relationships, if we do say so ourselves—made all of the females in the audience collectively awww (or maybe just this one) by asking, "What makes someone happier than love? It's not money; it's having someone else there."
They went on to talk about authenticity online, the differences between various dating sites and the ways in which the Internet has shifted the dating landscape.
Hopelessly bereft that you missed out on the conference? You can still soak up Miller's and Spira's wisdom on Twitter. And in addition to them, there are a few other tweeps we think are well worth checking out, especially when it comes to love and relationships: