To Tweet or Not To Tweet

In this world of social media, we tweet, facebook and blog our lives out to the public, both business and personal. B Flying all over the interwebs conversations occur every second. B This new trend has given us the ability to share and be with friends as they travel, attend conferences and conduct business. B This has, also, led to a quandary. B A common complaint has been floating around the twitterverse, making the rounds on blogs and is a constant in real life discussion or in my case lively debates with my workmates. B LIVE Tweeting.
See, I am a huge proponent of live tweeting. B For those of you not familiar, live tweeting is when someone is at an event and is tweeting out tidbits and valuable insites from that event. B In fact this trend is so popular, that most events will provide a hashtag for attendees. B This allows anyone, anywhere to follow an event, whether they are at the event or sitting at home in front of their computer or at the beach mobile.
I like this. B First, I can’t always attend all the events that I want too. B It’s physically, impossible to be everywhere, not to mention expensive. B Second, when I follow a hashtag for an event, I get to see the thoughts, views and pictures of EVERYONE attending the event. B This is totally valuable. B I find the best people this way, I am able to grow my community and network with people that I probably wouldn’t have met. B Not to mention the different perspectives and thoughts. B Lastly, most event hashtags continue on long after the event is finished, I get to see more of the attendees as they blog about their experiences. B That is just the view when I’m at home.
Those same reasons exist when I’m at an event and add into that…it’s a great way to meet people face to face. B I have been at several events and tweeting (or check-in) B when I will receive the random tweet from someone, “Hey, I’m here, sitting in the back, let’s meet” Let me tell you getting that kind of tweet, just gives me tingles!! B I have live tweeted at several events, and while it’s not exactly easy, completely and totally worth it, though!!
Now, if we flip that coin over, it’s been pointed out that it’s rude, thoughtless and inconsiderate. B That from a speakers perspective you aren’t paying attention and you are attached to the electronic leash, people suck at being multi-taskers and you are missing valuable information. B Speakers are even planting tweets into their presentations. B Not everyone is on Twitter they don’t understand hashtags or even tweets. It changes the take away. B It’s hard enough to stand in front of crowd of your peers, business associates and colleagues without looking into the audience and only seeing the tops of heads furiously typing away on cells and laptops!! B I can understand this perspective, I have been there, done that…
Hard call, right? Well, personally…I like to live tweet events and I like when my peeps are tweeting from there events. B In fact, going on right now is an amazing event in Dallas #PRScamp!! Several of my friends are there and while I couldn’t be there with them, I’m able to catch glimpses of what they are learning and more about the speakers. It’s awesome to see!! (check out the hashtag, catch glimpses of what my buds Ty Sullivan, Jill Clark, Amanda Hite and Scott Stratten are taking away from this amazing event).
Next week, I am attending Marketing Profs B2B conference, part of the conference is Live BlogChat with Mack Collier and co-hosted by Sam Fiorella. B I will be there live tweeting Blogchat. B I am sure that while attending the conference I will be tweeting* throughout. B Yes, there is a hashtag #mpb2b and already there is quite a bit of chatter about the conference. B I’m excited to be part of the blogchat and to attend the conference. B I’m eager to share valuable information with myB community.
So here is my query….What do you think? And more importantly, Why?
** While I will be tweeting from my regular account @lttlewys I will, also, be tweeting from @SenseiMarketing.

9 thoughts on “To Tweet or Not To Tweet

  1. I live tweet at nearly every event I attend and I think it adds value to both the event as well as my personal experience. I’m actually paying MORE attention because I am “note taking” via my tweets. I love watching the stream of tweets at an event as well — I see what other people are getting out of the event real time. I say “Long Live Live Tweeting!” And I hope you say “So say we all!”

    1. Laura, I love when I see that you are going to be at an event!! As with Andrew, I find your tweets valuable and insightful!! Again, the 3 of us frequently attend the same events and it’s very cool to see our different perspectives, especially since we all personally know each other. Thank you for your insights!!

  2. Hi Brandie! So excited you’ll be joining the LIVE #Blogchat and that Sensei Marketing is sponsoring! Awesome! And so happy you will be live-tweeting it all!
    I am torn on live-tweeting. I have done it before and I will say that it gets you a ton of followers and it’s a thrill getting feedback from people at home that appreciate you tweeting you the nuggets. But on the flipside, it’s very easy to start trying to find the ‘nuggets’ to tweet about, and you can become distracted and not really pay attention to the discussion.
    I will be live-tweeting some of the sessions at the #MPB2B but I will do it as a form of note-taking for myself. I will tweet out relevant points so when it comes time to write my posts recapping the event, I can look back at the points I tweeted, and remind myself of what was discussed.
    So I try to live-tweet when I can, but sometimes I think it’s better to put the phone down and simply enjoy the discussion 😉 See you in 3 days!

    1. Mack, I am totally excited for the Marketing Profs B2B conference and the Live Blogchat!! I understand the speakers feelings and agree that when you are standing on stage and it looks like no one is listening it’s a bit discomfiting! I just think that we are in a time that we are able to share all this valuable information, it’s awesome!! So, I will be with you, in sessions live tweeting and taking notes the old-fashioned way with pen & notebook as well!!
      See you in Boston!!

  3. I think live tweeting is valuable for those at the event and those watching from home. If done correctly it is no different than when people are taking notes during a presentation. Just instead of hand writing the notes and keeping the notes private they are public and everyone can benefit. Sometimes, even when you’re in the room listening you may miss an important bit of information, with live tweeting you can easily search the hashtag and see if someone else in the room picked it up. If a speaker has a problem with live tweeting, they can simply say, please do not live tweet (or for that matter take notes) during my presentation, I believe most people will understand, especially if the information is proprietary. In my opinion most people are becoming more comfortable with the practice, some churches have even embraced people using their phones in church, after all there is a “Bible App.”

    1. Thanks Andrew, I agree with you for most of your points and since we live tweet a lot of the same local events together, it’s always fun to go back and see what you tweeted vs what I tweeted out and how we picked up different points!! I think most speakers are just resigned to the fact that people are going to be tweeting during their presentation and rather then offend the masses the just tolerate us!!

  4. I’m torn on this one. I get mad if there is no hashtag. I like the screen showing Tweets next to the stage. I’ve definitely found value listening into events remotely. I’ve also met people through the conversations that spring up during the presentations.
    I’ve also felt it’s really cool to be able to comment on stuff you don’t like or disagree with. Speaker broadcasting is so one-sided.
    I like presenters that encourage you to tweet. Eric Reis did that at a Lean Startup talk I attended. Funny – he asked everyone to turn on their phones!
    I find it easier to stay engaged when there is speaker and audience dialog.
    I guess there are downsides. Presenters need to get used to it. New skills. They could also use some support to scan the tweets and give them live feedback during the talk.
    Its no different than lecturers having students typing notes on computers not paper. Were still early on this evolution. The tools can get better to help the presenter and the audience get more from the events and from each other.
    That’s the bottom line. More value for less effort. More fun, more connection. That makes the event more memorable. That makes the presenter more valuable, which get people to come back and pay to be there.

  5. I’m a fan of live tweeting as well, but I like the ability to be able to turn that person’s tweets off. Especially if it’s a subject that I’m not interested in. Which is why I like Echofon’s ability to mute someone for a time.
    I also like how those that plan to live tweet, warn in advance. Like a kind of social etiquette.
    And as Nick states above, I like hashtags so it’s properly subjected on the trending line.

  6. in our crowd it’s a sign of appreciation to have your head down >b@mhp: Looks like at least 1/4 of the crowd is tweeting @jeffjarvis #3tyyzb— The Sparkle Agency (@Sparkle_Agency) November 18, 2011

    Wonder if the new Tweet embed option will work here?
    I commented at Third Tuesday Toronto in November with Jeff Jarvis ~ most people were tweeting, which in OUR crowd is a sign of appreciation to the speaker.

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