Since there seems to be lots of events going on lately, it seems timely to bring up the issue of live-tweeting at events.

Do you live tweet events? Do you like following others who do? Are you annoyed when your stream is filled with event tweets?

Personally, I love tweeting events and following events I can’t make it to from Twitter. And while I usually have people encourage me to continue, thank me for tweeting and always a sharp increase in followers, there’s always one or two who ask me (sometimes rudely) not to.

So if you do like to tweet at live events-here are a few tips:

  • If you are putting out lots of tweets, consider starting those tweets with someone’s username (i.e. the speaker) what this does is ensures those tweets only show up in the streams of people who also follow that person and therefore are likely interested in your tweets.
  • You don’t need to tweet EVERY word coming out, wait for the valuable nuggets. However sometimes, especially when you are seeing very seasoned speakers, that’s difficult.
  • Tell your followers in advance what conference you are at and that you will be tweeting. You can also recommend they use an app to mute you or temporarily unfollow if they are not interested. I have not used it yet (like I said I like following events!), but I often see TweetAgora recommended. They’re also a Toronto-based startup so full support from me.

If you enjoy live-tweeting and feel you get value in doing so, continue! If you’re a hater, the unfollow link is always there, but I’d consider trying a muting service first.

6 thoughts to “Event live-tweeting… Yay or nay?

  • Communicate & Howe!

    I love live-tweeting (as you know Kelly!) I am sometimes concerned that I’m sending out too many posts but I do try to give a warning. My experience is similar to yours that it tends to attract followers who are interested in what I am. That’s what I like to call organically growing your followers. While I have never had any complaints, I am sure that I have lost some followers. If so, that’s fine. I believe people who follow me whether it is on my personal or my business account do so because they like my passion on what drives me and so they’ll put up with the odd barrage of tweets that they may not be interested in because they like how I tweet overall.

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  • Communicate & Howe!

    I love live-tweeting (as you know Kelly!) I am sometimes concerned that I’m sending out too many posts but I do try to give a warning. My experience is similar to yours that it tends to attract followers who are interested in what I am. That’s what I like to call organically growing your followers. While I have never had any complaints, I am sure that I have lost some followers. If so, that’s fine. I believe people who follow me whether it is on my personal or my business account do so because they like my passion on what drives me and so they’ll put up with the odd barrage of tweets that they may not be interested in because they like how I tweet overall.

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  • Anonymous

    I just did a whole big thing on this, with tips ‘n’ everything. Live tweeting is AWESOME. Using Twitpic you can basically live tweet everything (if you’re a brand…that would be kind of annoying if you’re a person πŸ˜‰

    Check me out in full Live Tweet Regalia, covered in media.

    http://ericaglasier.com/2010/09/18/the-live-tweeting-mobile-journalist/

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  • Anonymous

    I just did a whole big thing on this, with tips ‘n’ everything. Live tweeting is AWESOME. Using Twitpic you can basically live tweet everything (if you’re a brand…that would be kind of annoying if you’re a person πŸ˜‰

    Check me out in full Live Tweet Regalia, covered in media.

    http://ericaglasier.com/2010/09/18/the-live-tweeting-mobile-journalist/

    Reply
  • Anonymous

    Hey Kelly,

    This is a great post, and something I struggle with as well. I think your tips are really relevant – tell people what event you’re at, just Tweet the nuggets, and sometimes start with the person’s name. I used to Tweet from events a lot more – now I tend to do a blog recap if I know there’s going to be a lot of great content, or I’ll only Tweet if it’s a speaker I know is rarely in Toronto (like Fred Wilson at Democamp).

    Good advice!

    Erin

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  • Anonymous

    Hey Kelly,

    This is a great post, and something I struggle with as well. I think your tips are really relevant – tell people what event you’re at, just Tweet the nuggets, and sometimes start with the person’s name. I used to Tweet from events a lot more – now I tend to do a blog recap if I know there’s going to be a lot of great content, or I’ll only Tweet if it’s a speaker I know is rarely in Toronto (like Fred Wilson at Democamp).

    Good advice!

    Erin

    Reply

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