Don't Be Jealous Just Because I'm Roaming Around Barcelona Snapping All These Awesome Pics During MWC

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The Mobile World Congress in Barcelona officially kicked off Monday, with keynotes from Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, as well as a few product announcements, such as LG’s new 3D Android devices.

We begin at the conference grounds, where we check in and pick up our badge

The lonely life of a MWC pamphlet hander-outer

Once we pick up our badge, security is tight -- you need to show ID every time you enter the Congress

Everyone has to touch their ID to an RFID reader to check in (why doesn't it automatically check us into Foursquare?)

Hey, it's HTC CEO Peter Chou, holding the new... paper tablet from HTC

The MWC costume: Dark suit, white shirt, badge

Hey, where is she going with all that toilet paper?

Probably to one of these fancy porta-potties, which represent a significant portion of the bathrooms at the show

The MWC grounds go on FOREVER -- this place is massive

Companies have fancy booths set up along the main walkway

Inside one of the conference halls

Foursquare's Dennis Crowley gave a talk, announcing new localisation features for Foursquare

Then we caught the end of a panel about mobile apps -- someone mentioned a cool type of pill with a wireless sensor inside that can alert a computer when it has been digested

INQ, one of the companies making Facebook-integrated phones, had one of the nicer trailers set up

Facebook IN the phone

It's cool seeing phone brands we don't normally see in the States, like Alcatel

This guy is really happy about his fast phone!

Around 3, we get in line to see Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's keynote. It is a zoo.

This is the stampede waiting to go up the tiny staircase to see Steve Ballmer speak. Frankly, the MWC people should be embarrassed by their crowd control techniques. Someone could have gotten seriously hurt.

Ballmer takes the stage and begins his traditional hand-motion routine

He announces an impressive customer satisfaction number for Windows Phone 7

MacRumors' Arnold Kim makes a joke

The many faces and hand motions of Steve Ballmer continue

If you even THINK about putting Android on all those Nokia phones, you're entering a world of pain

Where's the beef?

Do the chicken dance!

Microsoft's Joe Belfiore comes out to show some cool new features coming soon for Windows Phone 7

But like everyone else in the room, Belfiore has to deal with the fact that the wi-fi is COMPLETELY garbage -- his demo fails twice

Here's a demo where Windows Phone 7 running IE9 kicks the iPhone's butt at a performance test (this would be much more convincing in video format!)

And here's a cool demo of some kids using Windows Phone 7 phones as Xbox/Kinect remote controls

High five!

Ballmer comes back and welcomes Nokia CEO Stephen Elop (a former Microsoft exec) to the stage

Elop says he's excited about Nokia's new partnership with Microsoft and that their goal is to make WP7 the most operator friendly platform on the market. The carrier execs in the audience must be happy.

Wait a sec, why is this guy taking up my keynote?

Thanks for coming, everybody

Happy Valentine's Day

In between keynotes, we realise WHY the wi-fi doesn't work -- EVERYONE is using a device of some sort, probably two or three each

Next up was the Twitter keynote, and it kicked off with a video of famous people talking about who they follow on Twitter and why

Snoop Dogg says he follows Martha Stewart -- something about waking and baking

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo starts off with a joke, saying how he was originally going to come out in an egg, but Lady Gaga ruined it for him

Costolo gave a great speech, we thought, about what Twitter is actually all about, and where it's going -- an attempt to get the mobile execs in the room more excited about working with Twitter?

Why mobile matters to Twitter: 40% of all tweets sent from mobile. Important for Twitter to make deals to extend its mobile ecosystem.

Costolo also gave some stats, like this one

And in closing, please buy my ads!

And that's about it for the night! After that, we crashed a couple of parties, talked to sources familiar with the situation, and will tell you more about that later!

Did we mention that this is a gorgeous place to hold a conference?

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