Interesting First – Live Twittering

by Otto on April 5, 2007

I got a call from a person in my credit union yesterday asking me if I was interested in taking his place at the Credit Union Association of Oregon’s Annual Education Conference.  I wanted to attend, but somehow didn’t get it on my schedule in time to sign up, so I grabbed this last minute chance to attend.

In my efforts to try and blog more and become more involved at the “social media” level, I figured I’d try and Live Twitter the event.  I knew that I had at least two people who’d be slighly interested what I had to say.  Thanks to Trey Reeme from Open Source CU / Trabian and Rob Rutkowski from That Credit Union Blog / Weltman, Weinberg & Reis for providing the inspiration to Live Twitter this event.  The little interaction provided the lift that was necessary for me to give this a try.

Twitter is the perfect place for this type of conversation to happen.  Outside of the somewhat negative feeling I had when I wasn’t sending out enough updates, I felt like I was much more attentive to the presentations then I would have been if I were taking more traditional notes.  It was great to send out thoughts to myself, but to also know that I might be creating or contributing to a great dialog.

At the end of the evening, I had three new credit union contacts than I did when I started the day.  Granted, they were folks I’ve read about before, but never had any contact with them – hey Brent, Charlie, and Doug!

All in all I’m stoked, tired, and excited for tomorrow!  See you on Twitter!

I’m http://twitter.com/ottoradke/ friend me and I’ll do so in kind.

{ 3 comments }

Trey Reeme June 16, 2008 at 8:58 am

I’m sold on live Twittering at events because of you.Great point about the notetaking.Did you get any weird looks for having your cell out and texting during the event?

Otto R. Radke June 16, 2008 at 8:58 am

Trey,Thanks for the positive feedback.This was entirely experimental, I’d say I would do this type of thing more often, but I don’t attend a lot of conferences as of right now.If I were invited to attend on panels or speak, I’d totally do it again.Did I get any strange looks?I’d say I got my fair share, mostly from the people I work with.Most of them didn’t know what I was doing until I explained it over lunch today.Once they understood what I was doing, they got pretty jazzed.In fact, we should have recorded out lunch conversation and turned it into a podcast.It isn’t very often that you get people at the VP level, operations, branch managers, call center managers, etc at a table talking about social media, Second Life, etc.That conversation might have been the highlight of the entire conference.OttoPs.My lazy bones have to get to work and skin these comments, they are not very pleasing.

Rob Rutkowski June 16, 2008 at 8:58 am

That was awesome!I told Brian Witt that you saw him and he said he was glad he didn’t put you to sleep.LOL.

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