Moment: Two great events. Couldn’t attend either. Saw both.

Holiday season in NYC means an endless parade of festive parties that test the celebratory endurance of even the most social souls. Too often one gathering is indistinguishable from the next and most blend together into a infinite fog. But in late November I attended a party that had a more unique purpose — a toast to the career and new position of one of New York City’s true technology innovators, Sree Sreenivasan, the just named the Chief Digital Officer of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (and previously in a similar role with Columbia University).

I spoke to Sree at the end of the evening and he related that he’d had a “ moment” earlier that morning. Via Twitter, he came across two different events, both happening in NYC, both within blocks of his office at the Met, but with him being unable to attend either. However, thanks to’s video integration with Twitter he was able to watch sessions from both the Paley Center’s IC2013 event and The Atlantic’s “AIDS: Talk Is Cheap” event.

Since I first committed to the mission in late 2005, I find enduring satisfaction in helping to make video of meaningful events accessible to new audiences — very often people, like Sree, unable to attend in person. Over the years I’ve heard from White House speech writers, Ivy League legal scholars, world class chess champions, students in developing countries, and a wide range of thought leaders that’s carefully selected conference and event videos – made possible by its wide range of stellar content partners – provide them with information, insight and inspiration at key moments. And now, with our recent Twitter integration, I’m hearing it more often — even on the NYC holiday party circuit.

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