After reading the article “Is the Backchannel Enabled? Using Twitter at Academic Conferences” I came to realize the range of people actively using twitter, and how that information can be used in an effective way.

One particular quote that was interesting to me was on the third page:

“Current endeavors to address those problems usually fall into two kinds of practice. The

first kind of change is represented by a trend named as “unconference”3. An unconference does

not follow the routine of organizing a traditional conference; it invites participants to negotiate

the content and structure of the conference according to their own interests (Crossett, Kraus &

Lawson, 2009).”

I think this is an effective change to the way we traditionally hold conferences. The audience usually has no say in what can be talked about or what time is amounted per question, but Twitter shows that these limitations are no longer an issue. People can tweet questions, concerns and comments while the educational event is taking place, which is not only beneficial to their understanding, but helps others understand by posting these concerns to a public platform. Also, by showing the visuals it became much more about the audience grasping the idea of how many Twitter users there were. Overall it seems to be an effective report, even though not all of it is crystal clear. (There could be stronger visuals for a more effective presentation perhaps?)

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