April 11, 2011

Lanyrd – The Ultimate Conference Directory

Whether you’re looking for conferences to attend in the future, making plans with friends before a convention next week, or sitting in the audience listening to a well-known speaker right now, Lanyrd can help improve your overall experience. The self-described social conference directory utilizes Twitter to link up people who are attending the same events, while also making it easy to find out everything that’s going on nearby.

Lanyrd can be used in dozens of different ways, but the most popular service the web-app offers is its real-time conference connection pages. Click on the name of a conference you’re attending to see the conference page. Once you’re signed in with Twitter, you can track the conference and let other people know you’re planning on attending. View the conference location and dates, along with the most popular Twitter hashtags associated with the event and a list of scheduled speakers. Scroll through the list of other attendees to see if anyone you know is planning on going, and use the integrated Google map to check out where each speaker session is located within the city. Lanyrd aggregates all the conference coverage that’s been posted online, making it possible to see any videos, slide shows, or write-ups about the conference you’re attending before you’ve even arrived.

Of course, you don’t have to be attending a particular conference to make use of Lanyrd. The web-app also lets users track conference pages and read tweets written by people who are there. Using the information you’ve put in over time, Lanyrd can even help find future conferences that you might be interested in attending. For anyone who enjoys checking out conferences and conventions for work or play, Lanyrd is a useful web-app that’s worth trying.

Practical Uses:

  • Find out who’s planning on attending a particular conference
  • Read tweets written by people listening to the keynote speaker at a convention
  • Get a list of all the speakers attending next month’s business convention
  • Receive recommendations for similar conferences you might be interested in attending

Insider Tips:

  • Organizers can add speakers or sessions by making edits to the conference page
  • Upload conference dates to save to your iCal or Outlook calendar
  • Users can embed an “Upcoming Events” badge on their own sites
  • Read news coverage of the conference by clicking on a link on the conference page

What we liked:

  • Lanyrd makes it easy to see who’s coming to a particular event ahead of time
  • Ability to see what people are saying online about conference speakers in real-time
  • The web-app can recommend similar conferences worth checking out
  • Users can edit their own conference profile pages to reflect their interests and reasons for attending

What we didn’t like:

  • Nothing


Company Info:

  • Launched: January 2011
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: Mountain View, California
  • Founded by: Simon Willison and Natalie Downe
  • Web site:


  • Free

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