After attended several conferences this year where tweeting was not only allowed but encouraged, I thought that it might be helpful to develop some “twips” for tweeting at a conference. More than anything, this list was created to help me reflect on how I can be a more productive member of the community at this year’s MERLOT International Conference in San Jose.
- Be courteous to those sitting around you. Even at a technology conference, there are attendees who are distracted by the use of laptops and smart phones.
- Send only one or two Updates from a session. Share a twugget not a twanscript.
- Use Updates to ask any questions you have about a session topic or the conference in general. There are no quotos on inquiry-based Updates.
- Answer other participants questions using @username in Replies so the person asking a question can see the response under Mentions or @username.
- Include URLs to important content shared by presenters in your Updates. Be sure to use a URL shortening application (e.g. http:// tinyurl.com) to reduce the total number of characters.
- Include the conference hash tag, (e.g. #MIC09) on all conference-relate Updates to help others find and organize content for their Personal Learning Networks.
- Retweet (RT) valuable Updates from other participants letting the Twitterverse know that an important idea has been shared.
- Write concise updates. It’s hard to ReTweet Updates that use all or most of the 140-character limit.
- Avoid writing cryptic Updates. Texting is for kids.
- Golden Twip: Tweet only what is appropriate to stand and say during a conference session. A critique of a presenter’s delivery skills (e.g. “David Wicks is just reading his slides. Boring!”) should be saved for the official session evaluation form.
Do you have any recommendations on changes that should be made to this list? I will be sharing it as part of pre-conference webinar, How to Twitter about the MERLOT International Conference.
Happy tweeting at your next conference!
Before Twitter and Twine, I used Delicious to drive my blogging in WordPress. Delicious compiled all bookmarks for a given day and sent them to WordPress. WordPress shared the links as a “Links of the Day” post. I would modify the “Links of the Day” post to create a reflection about the contents of one or more of the links. Life was good.
However, when I added Twitter for microblogging and Twine for steroid-bookmarking (oh it is so much more than a bookmarking tool) I began neglecting my WordPress blog because I was posting new links to Twine instead of Delicious. Twine allows me to tweet about my bookmarks (and so much more) so I thought life was really good until I remembered that I was forgetting to blog. (sigh)
Tweecious (hope you are still with me) may help me complete the circle as now I can use Twine to bookmark and tweet (and so much more). My tweet URLs will get picked up by Tweecious and posted to Delicious. Delicious bookmarks will then be sent to WordPress, which will prompt me to blog. At this point I believe life may be good again so I’ll stop.
Oh, one more thought, I may consider dropping Delicious all together if Twine would send WordPress my links of the day.
The cast (in order of appearance in this reflection)