One of the more interesting things that happened at the Online Community Business Forum last week didn’t happen during a particular session, but rather, happened to several participants as the sessions of the first day went on. This is a real shift in behavior for these particular participants, as I generally see them using IRC as a back channel, and a few of them live blogging. Twitter was serving both purposes at the OCBF.
Both the conference back channel as well as the live-blogging mostly shifted to Twitter. You can check out the end result of the “Live Tweeting” here: http://twemes.com/ocbf2008
The main benefit I saw of using Twitter during the sessions was that it allowed (at least in a small way) lots of participants who weren’t at the conference to participate.
The main downside is that it’s really hard to pay attention, be present, and full process a conversation while cramming thoughts in to 140 characters per tweet.
In particular, Shara Karasic of Work.com did an awesome job of live tweeting (wow – did I just write live tweeting?) the event.
Thomas Kriese shares his thoughts about the live tweeting phenomenon here.
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