Writing a Good Tweet at a Conference

The next Ubuntu Developer Summit will be starting up tomorrow, and although not everyone can attend the event, there are a number of ways to participate remotely.

Among other things, I like to follow the 'dents (from Identi.ca) and tweets (from Twitter) from the event. Typically, people will use Identi.ca and Twitter to share snippets about some particular topic that has come up during the conference, but I've found that some notices can be more helpful than others.

For example, here's a fictitious example of what I think is an unhelpful dent/tweet: "I'm going to attend the virtualization session! #UDS"

I saw a lot notices like this posted during the last developer summit. Notices like these show that you're excited (cool), and they can also help other attendees to know your location at the conference (pretty cool), but they don't actually tell us much of anything (not very cool). I know that sometimes you just can't help it . . . you're at this great event, and just want to share a bit of what is going on with the outside world. I'm sure that this is not a big deal in the grandiose scheme of things.

With that, though, let's take a look at some more interesting ways to make use of these social networking tools.

Of course, I expect that people will use microblogging for fun, too. I wouldn't want for people to feel uptight about their tweets. I just wanted to share a couple of thoughts for how people can better use microblogging at a conference, thus making things more enjoyable for those in attendance, and for those who are participating remotely. If you have any other suggestions, feel free to share them in the comments.