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Conference Twittering

So far, there have been almost 2,300 tweets emanating from the conference. You can find the entire archive at Twapper Keeper. Most delegates’ tweets have been very positive, commenting on how many new things they have learned. The best part about conference coverage via Twitter is that the conversation continues after the conference ends. As people head back to work and reflect on what they hears and saw at the conference, they tweet and others respond. It certainly validates the theme of the program, which was Information plus Conversation results in Collaboration and Innovation.

The negative comments I heard from delegates were about money, as in they didn’t have much. Budgets are being cut, libraries are being closed, and staff are being laid off. The AIIP stand was very popular, as people look to self-employment as an antidote.

Hashing Online

There promises to be extensive coverage of the Online Information show on Twitter. The hashtag is #online09. There’s a Twapper Keeper for the show as well, set up by Mary Ellen Bates. I also noticed that Twapper Keeper is introducing GeoLocating, which is somewhat pointless for international conferences such as this one. The conference and exhibition is in London (time zone GMT), but Mary Ellen’s based in Colorado, 7 time zones  away.

And what have people been using Twitter for? Since there’s no information from actual presentations as yet, tweets have been largely self-promotional (as in I’m speaking at a certain time) or company-related (as in visit us on stand xxx). Tomorrow the volume of tweets should go way way up.

Mining Conversations

On Monday at CIL Greg Notess talked searching conversations and I’m really excited about mining the conversations at CIL. Darlene Fichter just posted a tweet cloud , using TagCrowd.com, reflecting 24 hours of Twitter conversation about #CIL2009.  Jason Clark did a Wordle cloud based on the CIL 2009 conference program.  And here is my (well JD did help me!) Wordle cloud based on our blog posts about CIL2009.

Infotodayblog Posts Via Wordle.net

Infotodayblog Posts Via Wordle.net

Twitter Day @ CIL

Wow what a day!  We, our conference twitter bunch using #CIL2009 in our tweets, are a top trending topic on Twitter today!  We rock!  Follow the Twitter stream for CIL here.  We figure there about 60 tweets a minute from CIL.  Amazing.

Following this morning’s keynote, I was walking with our keynote speaker Paul Holdengraber of NYPL who was checking his blackberry.  He showed me a message from a NYC friend that said, “You really wowed them at CIL”.  Paul said to me,”This came in  not a half hour after my talk.  How did she know?”  I said, I suspected she saw it on Twitter.  I shared with him the stream of comments about his talk.  He was most impressed with everyone’s comments.  Apparently the NYPL has been trying to talk Paul into twittering and suggested he would have lots of followers.  Well, Paul, we know you’ll probably have at least 2000 information professionals who will be following you as soon as you sign in and probably many more thousands around the world.  See on Twitter soon.

Jane Dysart, Conference Program Chair

Twitter as the Road to Ruination?

I picked up a copy of the Financial Times yesterday at the FT booth, but didn’t get around to reading it until the session on Twitter was over. It had a special section on "Digital Business" with an article by Peter Whitehead titled "Twitter: another road to ruin." (That link won’t be good forever; it will go behind the FT’s firewall, but be accessible to those of you with access to the third party distributors, such as LexisNexis, Factiva, if you’ve paid the extra subscription fee to the FT.) The author is new to Twitter and has some concerns. Unlike the recommendations from Michael Sauers, et al., he doesn’t see much actual conversation going on (that could be because he doesn’t yet have a lot of followers), instead he sees tweets as "mini-broadcasts." He’s also concerned about the blurring of private and professional lives. When he’s on Twitter, is he representative of his employer or is he tweeting as a private person? I’d guess this is something everyone on Twitter has to work out for themselves. HIs final sentence seems overly dramatic and negative, however. He says, "one mistake and it could be the ruin of anyone." Nope, don’t buy that one.

Marydee Ojala

Editor, ONLINE: Exploring Technology & Resources for Information Professionals

IL08 Twitter & Flickr Fountain

Check out Jason Griffey’s

Twitter & Flickr Fountain

of Tweets from attendees at Internet Librarian 2008.  Awesome, thanks!  Jane Dysart, Conference Chair


Notess Shows How to Tap Into Conversations


Search expert Greg Notess had some words of wisdom for “datamining conversations” on the Net—and some cautions. This isn’t just about following on Facebook what someone had for dinner. Be aware of the public-ness and searchability of what’s now available online. It’s aggregating the information in a different way that can creep people out. And, remember—Once you’ve sent something out, even as a private email, it’s possible it could get shared.

He reminded the audience that we still have access to long-term discussions—Usenet discussions are still available as Google Groups (especially useful for conversations about computing in the ‘70s and ‘80s), whether you like it or not, these are still out there. More email discussion lists have moved their content onto the web. Some limit to members only for archive search. Some still do not have web-based search—but search is still possible.

Summize offers some incredible conversation search options. It added Twitter search and was then bought by Twitter (Search.twitter.com). He showed people in the other conference rooms at IL twittering in realtime about the wi-fi at the conference! It seems that the tag “IL2008” was the most active on Twitter this morning. Advanced search lets you specify geographic location – for example, within 15 miles of Bozeman, MT.  Notess says it’s fascinating to search the Twitter space even though he doesn’t Twitter himself frequently. He reminded users that you can set your Twitters to private – so only your friends will see the tweets. But check occasionally to see if it shows up – it’s not perfect protection. The same cautions apply to Facebook, which offers many privacy protections to users, but only if you take advantage of the settings.

He also reminded people to check other places where conversations occur – blogs (comments and trackbacks), and Web 2.0 sites (look at comments and ratings, responses). Lots of good tips and cautions. Thanks, Greg.

Paula J. Hane
News Bureau Chief, Information Today, Inc.