- Follow AAPOR on Twitter
- Search for all #aapor2009 conference tweets (even if you don't have a Twitter account)
Twitter allows users to send status messages of up to 140 characters from wireless devices or from PC or Mac-based apps (including web browsers) to their "followers," and to anyone watching or searching the public Twitter feed.
It's a particularly good way to communicate about an event like the AAPOR Conference - to share highlights from paper presentations or addresses, social get-togethers, etc., with other attendees and for those who couldn't make it. And it will make a neat collective notebook after the fact.
If you do tweet the 2009 conference, make sure to use the "hashtag" (identifier) #aapor2009 in your posts so all related tweets will come up in a Twitter search like the one linked above.
If you're just getting started on Twitter, check out this beginner's guide (from webguild.org, one of many such how-to pages you can find via Google).
Here are some tips for "live tweeting" #aapor2009 (drawn in part from this excellent tip sheet from clinincalcases.org):
- NO PRESSURE. Take your time; don't miss important presentation points or Q&A to fire off a tweet. Have fun at the conference, and tweeting it.
- Think before you hit "update" - boiling down what may be a complex point to 140 characters can take effort. Ask yourself if the tweet would make sense to someone who didn't see/hear/experience what you did. (And note: Unlike with Facebook, it's not possible to delete all traces of a tweet once you've sent it if you want to fix a typo or something -- it'll still show up in Twitter search and apps like Tweetdeck, at least for a while.)
- "Non-live" tweeting -- in the evening or after the conference -- is good too, after you've had more time to reflect on the proceedings.
- Don't just tweet about the serious work done at the conference -- share the fun stuff. The annual AAPOR conference truly is "a meeting place" on social as well as scientific levels. Twitter can be a great way to capture the event's many different dimensions. (Will we have twitterers reporting from the Applied Probability session Saturday night?)
- Tell other conference attendees you're tweeting; get them involved and share feedback.
- Ask your Twitter followers who aren't attending the conference what they want to know about it.
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