This is a post by Jenny Lobasz. Security Issues at RelationsInternational have made the author byline incorrect Sorry for the inconvenience.
This may come as a surprise to those who followed my flurry of ISA 2014 tweets, but I actually spend very little time on Twitter. In the “real world,” (for ISA feels, at least, as though it takes place in another dimension), I’m more likely to be found on Facebook or the select blog. Twitter, however, seems tailor-made for conferences and other special events, and so I figured that my inaugural Relations International post might as well highlight a handful of resources for the verbose conference tweeter:
- The very first resource that I recommend is Storify, if only because I’ve found it immensely useful for curating and saving tweets and other social media ephemera. See, for example, my ISA 2014 and ISA 2013 stories. Storify can also be used to save Twitter conversations and threads for specific panels and events.
- Profhacker has the motherlode of helpful posts on conference tweeting, including How to Start Tweeting (and Why You Might Want To), Encouraging a Conference Backchannel on Twitter, Best Practices for Live-Tweeting at Conferences, Presenting for Twitter at Conferences , and Ten Tips for Tweeting at Conferences.
One final tip: not only should tweeters (tweeps?) use the conference hashtag (e.g. #isa2014), you should also use session hashtags (e.g. #sd04) to make it easy for people to follow specific conversations.