I chose to read the article, “Pointless Babble or Enabled Backchannel: Conference Use of Twitter by Digital Humanists.” The question raised in this article is, is the use of Twitter at conferences is a distraction or does it enhances the experience and collaboration at the conferences? The three conferences were Digital Humanities 2009, That Camp 2009, and Digital Resources in the Arts and Humanities 2009. The data collected showed that there were four different hashtags used and there were 4,574 tweets from 326 distinct Twitter users. The tweets were then separated into seven different categories: comments on presentations; sharing resources; discussions and conversations; jotting down notes; establishing an online presence; and asking organizational questions. They found that 93 percent of the activity was original tweeting and only 6.7 percent were re-tweets.
They came to the conclusion that Twitter enhances the collaboration during the conferences and isn’t a distraction because it allows the audience members to communicate without interrupting the speaker. I also think tweeting at Digital Humanities conferences is kind of a must because, I mean, it’s Digital Humanities! Social media and collaboration is what we’re all about right? I think tweeting during the conferences allows everyone to get in their opinion or comments so no one is left out. It’s also a great way for people to learn new things and a way to connect after the conference as well. For one of my classes, part of our homework each week is to post two tweets. This helps us because it’s a nice way to ask short, quick questions and talk with classmates outside of the classroom. It’s so much easier and faster than using e-mail since all of the tweets can be found in one place because of the use of hashtags.