Tweeting Live Events

by Sr. Susan Wolf, SND on January 24, 2011

in Catholic, National Organization, social media, Uncategorized

One of the most interesting ways to use Twitter is to tweet during live events or to follow the tweets of others about the event. A number of live TV and radio programs include comments made on Twitter in their programming because they add the perspectives of their viewers and listeners to their own message. Whether the tweets are in agreement or not doesn’t matter, because they are showing that people care about the topic and have their own opinions to share. Many organizations have live events that they could enhance by using Twitter. View the presentation below to learn some of the benefits of including a Twitter stream in your next live event.

As always, your comments are appreciated. Do you like the use of PowerPoint in a blog? Thank you.

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Don McCrabb January 24, 2011 at 7:56 am

I just “don’t get it” when it comes to twitter. What can be said in 140 characters? While it gives the audience something to do, doesn’t it also take them away? I know folks are multi-tasking, and I can see using that to loop them back into the content of the material, but what is lost in the process? As to the embedded powerpoint – I liked it but it felt long (even though it was under 8 minutes). Thanks for keeping this conversation alive.


Jane Pierron January 24, 2011 at 8:50 am

I could not read the last slide with dark on dark. So I am going to follow up on Don’s comments.

I am a digital immigrant. While I embrace much of the technology, I don’t own it! Is note taking dead? How can we listen, take notes, AND Twitter comments and questions? Maybe it works … I am not sure.

On the other hand, I think it could be a great tool to get audience feedback, especially if the group is large. Worth exploring.

Lisa Hendey January 24, 2011 at 9:15 am

As a speaker, I’m becoming increasingly cognizant of twitter being used when I speak – I actually usually show my @lisahendey at the beginning of the talk, as well as the hashtag for the event, to make sure I can track the conversation after the fact. I don’t consult the feedback during the session unless I have someone assisting me. A great book on this topic is The Backchannel

Sr. Loretta Pastva January 24, 2011 at 9:17 am

Very interesting, but for ground floor learners, the mechanics of tweeting are one big mystery. I, for one, have no idea how you would get into a stream….And if I have no cell phone, it seems unavailable. Thanks for a clear presentation of the essence, though.

Sr. Susan Wolf, SND January 24, 2011 at 9:34 am


Thanks for persisting in your questions about Twitter. Actually, you can communicate in 140 characters or less.

Twitter is a tool for social networking, reporting, and marketing. (66 characters)

Twitter is not for everybody. (30 characters)

Here is guide on Twitter in case you want to learn more (78 characters). It might answer some of your questions.


You make some good points. These are different times, but if I want to take notes instead of tweet, I do that. I can always read the tweet stream later. If you are interested in using Twitter to get feedback or for any other reason, you may find this article helpful


Thanks for sharing your experience and for suggesting the book. I will check it out.

Nancy Brown January 26, 2011 at 8:12 am

Thanks, this was very helpful and informative to me. Lisa, thanks for the book suggestion, I’ve ordered it.

Don, many people prefer twitter to something like Facebook as it preserves one’s privacy (a little more).

I found the slide presentation very effective and just the right length for an interested listener.

Again, very helpful, I plan to use the information for my next conference.

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