As we get closer to the start of DDW (50 days!), I want to share with you some great tips about tweeting at conferences. Tweeting at DDW is a great way to share what you’re learning in a session with your followers and the wider world. It’s also a great way to be in two places at once, as you can read tweets from other sessions that you weren’t able to attend. You can read those tweets as they come in or — if you’d rather not fracture your attention — read them after the fact using a Twitter search.
Here are some tips for effective Tweeting at conferences:
- Use the conference hashtag (#DDW14). Perhaps the most important thing to do for DDW tweeting is to use the hashtag #DDW14. By using the conference hashtag, others who don’t follow you will still be able to find your tweets using Twitter search.
- Use a Twitter client. While you can follow a conference from the Twitter Web interface, you’ll probably have a much easier time tracking the hashtag(s) if you use a standalone Twitter client. A client will often allow you to have multiple columns open for different Twitter searches. This will help you see multiple sessions. For conferences, TweetDeck and HootSuite are ranked highly, which can run in a browser or as a stand-alone Mac, Windows, or Chrome application.
- Tweet professionally. It’s worth remembering that while conferences are public events that not everyone there is counting on their presentations being simulcast into the wider world. If someone asks for their work to not be shared, then respect that request.
- Give credit. When you are Tweeting someone’s work, be sure to give them credit. You should do this by making it clear who is speaking by including their Twitter handle. If they don’t provide their handle, you might be able to find it with a quick Google search for their name, their organization and the word “Twitter.”
- Start tweets right. The most convenient way to give credit to someone in a tweet is by adding their username at its beginning, followed by a colon and then what they’ve said (e.g. “@DDWMeeting: XXX”).
If you’re a lecture presenter, provide your Twitter handle to the session attendees. You can help people do a good job tweeting your talk by providing them your Twitter handle up front, in your opening remarks or in your first slide. If you’re not on Twitter, it’s worth thinking about signing up, just so people can provide attribution for your work.
If you have questions onsite about Twitter or other social media platforms, visit DDW social experts at our help desk, located in the registration area (South Hall) throughout the duration of DDW 2014. We will also provide an onsite DDW social media brochure with tips and tricks.
Let us know in the comments below what tips would you add! Why do you (or don’t you) tweet at conferences?