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With all the talk about taking notes, and using IFTTT to record your tweets - I'd like to discuss the art of live tweeting.
Live tweeting takes a little bit of preparation (not a ton, just a little).
First - peruse the schedule (which is really first in any conference-going-experience). And then the (semi) hard part - figure out what the speaker's twitter names are (if you need a clue - Monday at 3:25 PM is my session - "Dealership Culture's Effects on Profitability" & my twitter name is @skeetle). But what - Jason Stum & I have made it easy for you -- here is our handy-dandy twitter key!
Second - set up your Social Media Management Tool (I prefer Hootsuite) - I've created a tab called "DSES" - and the tabs are as follows:
Those are the most important columns. You can add others depending on your personal preferences.
Now onto the actual tweeting - I typically announce which session I'm sitting in, that way if someone wants to follow along with my tweets directly, they can. I then look at my twitter key & see who's speaking (& their employer if you want). Then type those one (or 2) names & the event hashtag (#DSES) into a tweet. Now STOP. Hit Ctrl+A (Select All) & and Ctrl+X (Cut) Save this for later. Delete the speaker's name & the hashtag.
Sit back and wait for the speaker to start speaking. When you hear something you want to tweet. Type it & then hit Ctrl + V (Paste) that will put the Speaker's Name (& company if you originally typed that in) and the hashtag into the end of your tweet. Now hit send!
Some key points when live tweeting
If you've set up IFTTT (link at the top of this post) then you can go back and review your notes. It will be easy to tell who's speaking since you've put their name into every single tweet during their session. Download your spreadsheet made using IFTTT and use Find & Replace - replace their twitter name with their real name - then you can share them with your team!
This may seem like a lot, but if you set up things correctly in your social media management software, you likely won't miss much (if anything at all) as far as RT's or mentions go. It's easy to go back and add your followers later.
Most importantly - have fun & try to learn something!