The LIANZA Conference 2015 was brilliant – loud, proud, full of ideas. And the rowdiness wasn’t just in the building – it was online. I’ve never been to an event where so many people were tweeting, taking pics, and typing on devices. I got to meet plenty of the wonderful library people I connect with on Twitter.
It was a veritable Tweetapalooza – the hashtag #shout15 was even trending on NZ Twitter at various times.
I’ve pulled together a bunch of conference tweets using Storify. It is a good way to get the flavour of Shout! Karanga Rā:
- Sunday 8 November
- Monday 9 November
- Tuesday 10 November
- Wednesday 11 November
- and some from the #diglib15 Unconference at Wellington Library on Thursday 12 November.
Stuart Palmer @s_palm did some great analysis of how many #shout15 tweets were published, how they connected, etc. 9561 tweets recorded as at 12 November.
The hashtag #shout15 still has legs, as keynote speaker Ned Potter has shared this frank and wonderful post on what it means to come all the way to Aotearoa for a conference.
I’ve been thinking of another thing to consider about tweeting from a conference – should you tweet as your institution, or as yourself? I made the call to do it as the library. There are pros and cons to that – tweeting as Christchurch City Libraries meant we showed we were in amongst it. But it also meant people who follow @ChristchurchLib got a lot more insider library stuff than usual. It’s open to debate.
Why is Twitter so useful at a library conference?:
- A tweet shows ideas that hit the mark, provoked, excited, challenged, surprised. It is like an exclamation marking saying “This!”
- You can get a glimpse into the sessions you didn’t go to. Your envy might be mollified (or enhanced) by the way someone tweets about it.
- It is a handy aide–mémoire for recalling the ideas that you found most interesting. Makes writing up your notes much easier! You’ve already used the highlighter by tweeting something.
- It allows anyone who is not at conference to see what people are shouting about.
- You can use the hashtag to hunt out other people’s splendid thoughts. And share them, passionately.
Finally, I’d like to do a shoutout for @leerowe who did something that combined Twitter (digital) and analogue in a deeply appealing way – it is proof that the way you use Twitter at a conference can be idiosyncratic, personal, and filled with character.