Flu and Twitter mark Web 2.0
Twitter love was in full bloom at the Web 2.0 conference on Wednesday, with Microsoft and Google each announcing deals to partner with the microblogging service.
A day after Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz skipped the companyâ€™s quarterly earnings conference call (because she had â€ścome down with somethingâ€ť as CFO Tim Morse explained), Bartz skipped the Web 2.0 conference, where she was scheduled to kick off Wednesdayâ€™s events with a 30-minute talk.
Web 2.0 organizer John Battelle told the crowd Bartz had come down with â€śa very, very, very bad flu.â€ť
Before the day was through, Battelle delivered news of another absentee.
New York Times Chairman Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., slated to be part of a panel on the future of journalism in the online age, was also hit by the flu, Battelle said moments before the panel began. Fortunately, Martin Nisenholtz, the New York Times head of digital operations, was there to stand in as Sulzbergerâ€™s second.
With one more day to go, attendees at the event are hoping no one else gets afflicted.