Wednesday, February 25, 2009

How to present while people are twittering.


Driving back last night from a meeting about Professional Registration for Librarians (and yes I'm sending mine off today) we were talking about social media. I mentioned how I learnt about Twitter at the Bridging World's conference in Singapore where members of the audience and some of the speakers were communicating on the 'back channel' : Twitter. I found it quite intriguing that discussions were taking place in real time while the paper was being presented - including questions which some hardy soul ocasionally asked the speaker at the end of the session. Not sure how I felt about it; it looked kinda rude with people not paying attention but I guess they must have been in order to sustain the conversation...

Anyway, this article by Olivia Mitchell, reported on Twitter by @cindi, discuses the issue of how to present while your audience twitters.

2 comments:

alisonwallbutton said...

Congratulations on getting on to registration Jo! Despite my misgivings and concerns about the complexity of the revalidation process it will be interesting to see how it works out. We are already talking about having casual get-togethers here at Massey to nut out how our activities fit into the Boks etc to make the process easier! Apparently there is an Ikaroa blog being set up too and I can see that as a great place to discuss it all.

Joann Ransom said...

Hi Alison,

Yeah it was an interesting meeting. I came away determined to send away the forms which have been sitting in my desk for about 6 months, half completed, but am less than enthusiastic about the revalidation process.

I find it incredible that the presenter was quite calm about saying you had to spend 2 or 3 hours just trying to understand the questions / descriptions. That alone should ring bells about how difficult this process 'looks' to people considering registration.

Nice meeting you in person too!

Cheers Jo.