Yesterday, I was a remote participant in the Future Summit held in Melbourne on 18th & 19th May 2009. I participated through Twitter, by interacting with attendees at the event, responding to questions & posting comments to various twitterers attending the various sessions on the program.
To me, it felt like I recieved a condensed, highly concentrated (as in I received the core nuggets of each presentation as it happened) presentation without the fluff. Do I feel like I participated? Absolutely yes! Through posing questions to the attendees and having questions and comments retweeted helped me better understand what was being presented and also to get a feel for the mood of the audience.
Things I liked:
- I got a good feel for what was presented
- I could ask questions
- I threw in some of my own comments (which were commented on by others)
- I had a number of my posts re-tweeted to a wider audience
- I picked up a number of new followers (which seems to be the holy grail of Twitter [to some people!])
- Having the Twitter back-channel provide on-the-spot comments from the sessions
Things I missed:
- The ‘hubbub’ that occurs in audiences when something contentious, alarming or incorrect is mentioned
- The camaraderie of the audience who shared some of my thoughts/comments – it would have been great to be there and interact with others
Things I inferred/picked up from the comments being made by the attendees:
- For one of the sessions, the panel kept asking/answering their own questions, not allowing the session to be participative!
- From the tweet messages, the wrap-up from Julie Bishop seemed to lose the audience and not really achieving it’s intention (of bringing everything together to a close)
- There seemed to be no actions/action plan we could see/walk away with
Ultimately, I felt like I had been participated in this event, probably more due to the retweeting and interactions with other tweeters.I may even have opened up a can of worms with this comment I made:
It sure is a waste gathering people together to hear the panel talk amongst themselves! Save the CO2 and webcast it 😛
Who’s to know that next time they don’t just have it as a webcast, or a combination of webcast & live sessions – Twitter certainly helped me get a feel for things in real time!