Conference attendees are already sending Twitter.com tweets.
The Twemes.com site collects all related tweets containing the same hashtags or Twitter memes, which they call “twemes”.
Use the tweme of #stc09 for tweets related to planning for and attending the 2009 Technical Summit. Twemes.com also pulls in any Flickr and Del.icio.us bookmarks that contain the hashtag in uploaded photos and links.
[Editor’s Note: Twemes was shutdown in September 2011.]
The Washington, DC Chapter has opened a new communication channel on Twitter.
We tweet at https://twitter.com/stcwdc.
Tweet? Twitter? Tweeple? Twitter is often called micro-blogging. Entries posted to Twitter can only contain 140 characters. These postings, or messages, are called tweets. People who tweet are called tweeple.
We have mentioned tweets on this blog earlier in connection with the June 2008 Technical Summit. When the next Summit comes in (May 2009 in Atlanta), chapter members can participate in the chorus of tweets!
Why are we tweeting? Technical communicators are doing many different things these days and there are many channels of communication. No one type of communication channel suits all. The channel called Twitter has a large technical communicator audience, especially among STC members. With this additional form of communication, our presence on Twitter.com will encourage those technical communicators who are not STC members to learn more about STC. This is already happening with our LinkedIn group.
If you are on Twitter and you are interested in issues related to technical communication and the STC Washington, DC Chapter come follow the chapter on Twitter and bring your friends!
More Information About Twitter
Technical Summit tweets are aggregated at Twemes.
[Note: Twemes.com Shut Down, September 30, 2011]
Twemes.com follows public Twitter.com tweets (messages) that have embedded tags that start with a # character. These are sometimes called hashtags but we like to use the term “twemes”.
Through the use of twemes, we can all view what people are talking about across the whole Twitter universe. In some sense, this can be thought of as an adhoc chatroom. We also pull in recent public photos from Flickr and public bookmarks from Del.icio.us.
Twemes.com is particularly useful for keeping up on the real-time activities associated with a live event such as a conference. People who attend an event can choose an obvious tag (i.e., sxsw for South by Southwest) and use this tag as #sxsw in tweets, sxsw in uploaded Flickr photos and Del.icio.us links.
Twemes.com also allows for adhoc polls to be created associated to a tweme.
During the conference, live blogging about the technical summit was made available by Char James-Tanny on Scribblelive (a content marketing software platform). You may review the posts there for the following sessions:
* STC 2008 “STC Salary Database”
* STC 2008 “It’s Not the Software, It’s the Features”
* STC 2008 “Leadership Day”