I came across this great post from the American Historical Society – “The Dos and Don’ts of Live-Tweeting at an Academic Conference: An Update” which has some great suggestions (see below for the abridged version or click on through for full text – it worth reading the full text btw). But I have a question about the first Do –
Ask permission. Before the panel begins (preferably a few weeks in advance), ask panelists whether they agree to be tweeted.
Do you ask permission? Should you ask permission? I will confess I have never asked permission to tweet a confession session of any sort, academic or otherwise. Perhaps that is a reflection of the online, engaged, and sharing culture I have been part of for years? It honestly never occurred to me that I should ask permission to tweet, in fact it seems silly to ask, – of course I can, and should tweet this session. As I attend more and more conferences that are not library-centric I am concerned that if I do not ask it would be considered rude. What do you think?
- Ask permission
- Clearly identify speakers.
- Collect Twitter handles.
- Listen carefully.
- Use #hashtags.
- Try Storify.
- Link to the paper/session.
- Insult a panelist or participant.
- Indulge in snark.
- Manipulate the record.
- If You Can’t Say Anything Nice
- Mea Culpa: on Conference Tweeting, Politeness, and Community Building