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Ringing the closing bell at NASDAQ

Thanks to a contest run by Data Junkies and StockTwits, I had the opportunity to be part of the NASDAQ Closing Bell Ceremony this past Tuesday (8/25/2009).  The employees and interns of Data Junkies and StockTwits were there, along with about 20 people (including myself) who won their Twitter contest to attend the ceremony.  Luckily for me, I didn’t have to travel far to get there since my office is only about a half hour away.

NASDAQ hasn’t posted the video of the event yet (it will eventually appear on the MarketSite Events page), but I recorded the webcast, so here it is for your viewing pleasure:

I also took some pictures while I was there, you can view the gallery here.  If you’re looking for me in the video above, I walk onto the stage around 5:56.

I was a little out-of-place at the ceremony, since it seemed like most people there were professional (or at least serious) investors, and I was just a guy who discovered StockTwits a while ago to read about various stocks that I was interested in (I do have some investments, many of them listed on NASDAQ, but I only invest a small amount).  Still, I enjoyed the opportunity and thank them for having me.  It was awesome to be there as the bell was rung (well, it’s not actually a bell so much as a glowing button that triggers a bell-like noise :-) ) and to see ourselves up on the giant screen in Times Square.

We were on TV! (at least for a few seconds)   Here’s a screen capture from CNBC:  Anyone know if we appeared on any other channels?