The moment the #ala2013 Exhibit Hall opened Friday night, I wanted to duck for cover. Hordes of literature lovers and techies who were eagerly waiting outside the hall were suddenly charging towards me. It was like the scene in The Two Towers when Gandalf and the Rohirrim emerge from the sunlight in The Battle of Helm’s Deep. Howard Shore was composing in my mind at that point.
But I digress. The first day of Annual can be overwhelming for first timers. Even if you’re armed with an organized schedule full of sessions and events, stepping into the exhibit hall the minute it opens is madness. Nothing could have prepared you for it.
Some admitted to making life-changing sacrifices for Annual:
One tweeter discovered the biggest kept secret since the Colonel’s original recipe:
Others counted colleagues:
On a less chaotic note, the twitterverse was following the Opening General Session intently:
Still, the most common theme in Friday’s tweets was the opening of the exhibits:
Everyone loved all the swag the exhibitors were handing out:
Who will make the cut tomorrow in the next Top Ten Tweets? Use #ala2013 and maybe it will be you!