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Despite some signs of peaking, interest in Twitter still seems pretty high.  One of the best uses for Twitter I’ve seen is at conferences and meetings, either for the participants to talk to each other, or even projected up during panel sessions to create interaction between audience and presenter.

Until now that either had to be done by using a separate projector to display the live Twitter stream, using an app like Tweetdeck or visible tweets, or could be done for panel sessions, where there was no presenter slides anyway.

I just came across Poll Everywhere, which allows you to do some pretty neat things, including as the name suggests, creating polls.  Poll Everywhere can create a widget which you can place INTO your powerpoint slides so that tweets can appear right there on your slides.  What’s also great is that your audience doesn’t even need to be on Twitter as it also allows your audience to text in their comments.  If you want to break up the presentation a bit and make things even more interactive you can place a full slide poll chart which tracks your audience’s question responses live.  This is a great way to engage an audience at a hybrid event, where some of the participants are not physically there.

It does need a little tweaking to get the font size right, but works really well.

Another nice touch was from a colleague of mine at GPJ, who has started to add suggested Twitter-sized soundbits to his presentations to encourage his audience to tweet. 🙂

It’s Friday afternoon and after one month at George P. Johnson, I thought it was time I got around to blogging.  What has tempted me out of my fishbowl office to tweet you ask yourself?

In a word,

It is pretty much impossible to talk about digital experience, social media etc. in a client context without mentioning the word Twitter.  It is now pretty much synoymous with all current “new type web2.0 stuff technology that is moving so fast it’s like holding jelly in my fingers whilst sitting on the wing of a jumbo jet in a snowstorm”.  For any event, physical or virtual the question comes up.  Do we tweet?  Will anyone else tweet?  How should we tweet?  Will people like us if we tweet or think we are the emporor with no clothes.  (OK I made that last one up, but I’m guessing that’s what some people must wonder).

There are lots of ways you might choose to use twitter at an event, but today, thanks to Michael Martine of Dogear-Nation, I saw a great website that has lots of potential for making your tweetstream event friendly: visible tweets

visible tweets screenshot

You simply select a term or terms to follow and the visible tweets starts displaying them.  It has 3 different types of visualisation (rotating is shown above).  It even has the option to go fullscreen.

One  nice addition would be the ability to follow a particular user, which would make it even more event friendly, by taking out the risk of rude spam.

Two other tools deserve a worthy mention in the Cool Twitter tools category at the moment too.  They are both quite similar and could be used in a number of ways for events:  PeopleBrowsr and Tweetdeck.  Both tools display terms you want to follow in virtual columns, allowing you to follow a number of different threads/memes at once.  From an experience perspective, both have various facilities to customise the interface (colours, font etc.)  The main difference is PeopleBrowsr is web-based and has more extra functions than you can shake a stick at, whilst tweetdeck is a bit simpler and requires a download, but then kinda sits in the background tempting you to type just one more Tweet.

Peoplebrowsr 09 2009-05-15 16.53

I finally got around to trying out Twitpic using my Blackberry’s (not very good) camera. You can see the results here.  I currently have a picture of Jamie Oliver’s Italian restaurant in Kingston from my office window, and a shot of my new business cards (I could be dangerous now!) – not quite moocards, but hey you can’t have everything.  I have to toe some of the party line now although I did break ranks and ask to have my blog, Second Life name, Linked In address and of course given this Blog post, Twitter account, on the back 🙂

One final honorable mention goes to another Twitter tool I came across as I stumbled into a twitter conversation whilst using my Blackberry on the train home yesterday is Tweetchat.  Tweetchat effectively turns Twitter into an Instant Messaging tool, allowing you easy group chatting around a topic, which stays in the twitterstream once you’re done for everyone elses benefit.

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As I still work for an American company, that’s my 2 cents for the day.  Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter here:  http://www.twitter.com/kevinaires.  And of course this blog post will auto tweet there once I press the publish button.

I just finished an interesting exercise in social networking from web2.0 to web3.0…  I posted on Twitter, that I was offering to take folk on a tour of our Virtual Green Data Center in Second Life. I currently have 129 followers on Twitter, so that offer pinged out to them, and Erica Driver of the innovation community site, Thinkbalm, accepted.

We setup a meeting and have just shown Erica and Sam Driver around (nice name badges!).  We had a good discussion around how we are using this to promote IBM’s green capabilities to our clients.  One major theme that came out was that these environments offer opportunities to show things that would be very hard to demonstrate in other ways, or are just much more compelling and memorable than the alternatives.  Thanks for visiting Erica!

Ironically, my PC crashed as I had the radiator on, just as I’d been talking about water cooling in IBM servers!  Perhaps my room needs a rear door heat exchanger on!?

If anyone else would like a tour, drop me a line: airesk@uk.ibm.com

Have been increasingly concerned about the phenomenon mentioned at last years Virtual Worlds Forum by Cory Doctorow where social networking sites become less and less useful as you pick up more and more “friends” that aren’t really your friends.  This is especially true when your boss asks to be your friend – what are you gonna do, say no?

At the moment, I am mainly using LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter for social networking.  An old friend of mine recently posted a video from a fun event we went to showing me dancing crazily (a very fun day it was too), but it got me thinking whether I really want my colleagues or only vague acquaintences seeing it and other stuff I’d really prefer only my friends to see.

So, I’ve taken the radical (?!) step of clearing out my Facebook account of all work related friends and “friends”, and plan to use my LinkedIn account for professional related networking, Facebook for personal social networking, and my Twitter account for anything inbetween as it tends to carry less personal info and I feel more in control of it.

So, if you’re not my “friend” anymore, don’t take it personally, especially if you’re my boss 😉

OK I’m sold… check out the hits on this blog…

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