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Carolyn Thomas

Hallelujah! I'm relieved to know I'm not alone in my teeth-clenching reaction to all that "live-tweeting or tweet chatting binge" behaviour out there.

From the speaker's perspective onstage, it's also extremely distracting to look out at a sea of audience members, many of whom are not making even the slightest attempt at looking at the speaker because they're frantically live-tweeting the event, eyes cast downward throughout.

And so much of the resulting conference "coverage" is unusable, indecephirable and even downright boring - unless there's a live link included. And don't get me started on the avalanche of inane "Hey JJC are you here let's meet for drinks before dinner" tweets that go on during a conference . . .

Thanks for this useful bit of practical sanity-saving advice.

Joe McCarthy

@carolyn:Thanks for confirming that others feel the pain, and for introducing the perspective of a conference speaker into the equation.

A few years ago, I posted a related rant about the dark side of digital backchannels in shared physical spaces, in reaction to danah boyd's reaction to having conference hashtag tweets posted on a screen behind her while she was giving a presentation, which proved to be rather disruptive.

I believe we can all benefit from the more judicious use of shared resources, digital & physical.

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