ALA Twitter-Effect 10

I’ve had a great time watching the folks twittering the ALA conference this week. For my ALA TechSource post, I thought I’d look at how Twitter helped, hindered (?) and augmented the conference. I have some ideas but I want to see what anecdotal evidence will do to my thinking. If you want to share a brief anecdote, a favorite tweet/twitter moment, or anything related, please email me:


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10 thoughts on “ALA Twitter-Effect

  • Candy Schwartz

    Don’t forget the effect for those of us who aren’t there but who are following a bunch of you who are. I love “seeing” two of my friends hooking up with each other for lunch, or getting blow-by-blows of events – I am getting well informed on things YALSA, even though that’s not one of my interests. So ALA Twitter is exposing me to other specializations (wish someone would Twitter the ones I AM interested in). I also love how it gets suddenly quiet at around midnight Boston time.

  • Owen Stephens

    Favourite tweet moment – you were there! Tweeted that I was having a drink with you and Stephen Abram, and got a direct msg from @silversprite (John Kirriemuir) asking me to say hello – it’s about making connections.

    In the TTT session the existence of multiple backchannels (Twitter and Meebo room) was trickier – although no reason not to have this (let the goodness multiply), but for display of backchannel could have done with a way to bring this together. @dmje (Mike Ellis) did some stuff around concentrating the backchannel with – this was experimented with for Museums and the Web 2008 conference and OR08 I think – I’m sure Mike would be happy to share details. Also of interest was this demo of plotting it on a timeline

    Twitter helped me make virtual connections, some of which I converted into f2f, which was great. Hashtag was useful for this, as it allowed me to see who was tagging stuff with #ala2008 and follow them.

  • Amy

    Candy- Me too!

    I am not there, but I have LOVED reading the tweets about ALA conf: networking, session info, etc.

    I will be at ALA next year, and I can’t wait! Reading the Twitter comments has made me very excited.

  • Aaron the Librarian

    Good to see you at WAC earlier — Twitter has kept me better informed of groups of friends’ whereabouts, what’s happening and affected evening plans.

    The question “Where am I likliest to run into my tweeps?” helped me catch up with several people I might have otherwise completely missed.

    Being inundated by the tweet txt flood was a bit much at times (and I forgot to switch to “unlimited” for the week, ouch) but all in all a handy way to keep up with my people.

  • suzi wackerbarth

    Am love love loving getting the conference from a far. Am learning more about twitter (hashtag?) and the conference, etc. Also, have loved your tweets, esp. when you were hunting for scholarship tickets.

  • Ellen Hampton

    I loved seeing my hashtagged tweets from Top Tech Trends up on the big screen, when they navigated away from the meebo room briefly to the Summize page.

  • pollyalida

    Not being there, it was great to hear reactions to programs as they were happening and get links to blog postings as they were going up. And yes, it was fun to hear what everyone was eating and drinking too. 🙂

  • Kate

    My comment on ALA -Twitter

    I’m fairly new to Twitter and follow a few US library-Twitters.
    Although I wasn’t there- I loved the Twitters about sessions, hotels, feelings- it connected me in some small way (and I don’t think I would have got ANY of that any other way)
    Loved the immediacy of it

  • Kathryn Greenhill

    Apart from following along from the other side of the world, it would have to be on Sunday with this exchange:

    @mstephens7 : ala wifi in CC not working on mac??

    @sirexkat: [someone who follows you that you don’t follow but I do] says Go 2 CC 3rd floor. Some of the WAPs seem occasionally locked, others aren’t.Are you in 207? that was problem friday

    I don’t know whether you saw it or whether it was delivered in a timely manner, but I felt like some kind of international operator placing a party to party call.

    Also great to get a sense of speakers and thinkers who are worth following up later. I used to read live blog posts after conferences, but I usually find that the twitter coverage, as an aggregation from a few people, covers the same ground.

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