Ann and Ruth did a great job presenting on Minnesota’s 23 Things program during the WebJunction Summit last week. Check out the archive and related resources for the 23 Things Summit. Everything related to the Summit is provided in one place — audio, powerpoint, websites highlighted, chat log, and twitter activity.
Yes, twitter activity! I had not seen twitter used during an online presentation before, and it was fascinating. Here’s how it worked for me. I had two windows open – one for the online Summit and another for Twitter. It was fascinating to hear the presenters and watch the chat, and then flip over to Twitter to see what folks were posting about the Summit and add my own brief comments. There was so much library staff activity about the Summit on Twitter that at one point, the Summit was 8th in the national Twitter list of Top Ten Trends! Wow! For the afternoon, at least, 23 Things ruled the Twitter world!
Chat was useful for participants to exchange ideas during the session but chat logs aren’t web searchable. Twitter was useful for exchanging ideas during the session with both those attending and not attending the session, and it is web-searchable. Check out the “twittering” during the 23 Things Summit by clicking here, or visit http://search.twitter.com and enter “23smt” in the search box.
This was a great example of using Twitter to share ideas and information with colleagues. It was a new experience for me – fun and enriching. I have several new connections in my network as a result of the exchange of ideas via Twitter.
BTW–For a good laugh about Twitter, check out the Unshelved cartoon for today, 3/9/2009!