Most events and conferences will have either an official or unofficially agreed hashtag. This means that you don’t even have to be there to follow along. Every tweet that includes the event/conference hashtag will show up on a search for that hashtag: for example, the #ageingsummit took place on December 7th and you can see tweets and photos from it on Twitter this week.
Using Twitter for an event or conference
- If you are an organizer, make sure the event hashtag is on all publicity and communications to people can start using it. Double check it’s a good hashtag – there have been some embarrassments!
- If you are presenting, use Twitter to share your slides (Slideshare is great for this) or additional links.
- You can use the hashtag before, during and after an event to discuss, promote and connect. It can be easier to start a conversation with someone in person if you have already interacted with them on Twitter.
- During an event, many people will be live-tweeting a talk or session. This means you can follow along, comment and ask questions even if you are not there. Search for the hashtag (or click on it if you see it in a tweet) and keep the results page open – you will see new tweets appear.
- Everyone likes positive tweets in response to a talk or presentation! If you see or read something useful, say so publicly on Twitter and make someone happy :o)
- You may wish to collate the tweets for an event using Storify once the event is over. This can be a useful record of impact and information.
Online events or chats
Some events can take place entirely online – Twitter has a number of organised academic “chats” which take place at regular intervals. For example, the weekly Learning & Teaching in HE chat (#lthechat) takes place each Wednesday or the Early Career Researcher chat (#ecrchat) takes place fortnightly on a Thursday. These have specific topics for discussion and can be a great place to pick up ideas or make connections.
It’s worth remembering for all these kinds of interactions that your own online profile is important as people may well want to learn more about you if you make useful contributions. This is why we brushed it up on Day 1! You may also find useful people or organisations to follow during events.
If you haven’t done so already, search for “#SU7DoT” using Twitter’s search box and see our tweets this week. Send a tweet yourself using the hashtag to let us know how you’re getting on.
OR: share with us the hashtag for an event, conference or Twitter chat you found useful!
Article from the LSE Impact blog: “Permission to tweet? The underlying principles of good science communication are all about sharing.”
From the Social media for learning blog: “Tips for tweeting at conferences”
From the Piirus blog: “My first ever Twitter chat”