The Weekly Walla Walla Wine Word for Dummies is: #WBC12
The # symbol, called a hashtag, is used to mark keywords or topics in social media platforms, such as in Facebook and especially Twitter. It was created organically by Twitter users as a way to categorize messages. People use the hashtag symbol # before a relevant keyword(s) or phrase in their Tweet to categorize and searching. Clicking on a hashtagged word in any message shows other Twitter followers using the same keyword.
In the year 2010, the hashtag #WBC10 was pretty prolific in the Walla Walla area, and especially popular with those in the wine industry. So what does WBC mean?
The 2012 Wine Bloggers Conference (#WBC12) will take place August 17-19 in Portland, Oregon. Wine bloggers, industry bloggers, and other wine and social media professionals will gather from throughout North America and beyond to meet, learn, and share - - and this wine blogger will be there!
The wine bloggers will also use #WBC12 on social media during most of the weekend, but especially for the following WBC events:
Friday, August 17 at 1:20pm for Live Wine Blogging – Whites & Rosé wines
Friday, August 17 at 9:30pm for "Night of Many Bottles."
Saturday, August 18 at 4:30pm for Live Wine Blogging – Red wines.
And who knows maybe we'll even be reporting on our prestigious keynote speakers: Randall Grahm - author, founder & winemaker of Bonny Doon Vineyard. Also, Rex Pickett, screenwriter and author of the popular wine movie, "Sideways."
My personal wine blogging adventure will start first thing Thursday morning for a little pre-conference lunch and gathering at one of my favorite Oregon Pinot Noir producers, Stoller Estate Vineyards & Winery in Dayton, Oregon in the Willamette Valley.