My last day at South by. I suppose I will lose my place as Mayor of SXSW on FourSquare, but I don’t mind. I didn’t even get a special badge for it. Or a shout out. Oh well, no one appreciates the public servant.
One of the most fun things to watch during each session is to watch the Twitter back channel. It adds a dynamic of empowerment to the audience so that they become more participatory. Some panels and speakers embrace this dynamic, while others seem to ignore it.
With the back channel, people do more than re-Tweet bullet points. They fact check, link to relevant articles, make comments ( some snarky, some positive), and extend the conversation. I am interested in funding a tool that would aggregate those comments into a form for post- conversation analysis.
My understanding is that at SXSW they were using something to keep the official tagged Tweets out of people’s normal Twitter streams. That would probably be a good idea but I don’t know this for certain.
As much as someone may dislike the idea of an official channel running under a presentation, it already happens. As someone who speaks with groups a lot, it would mean having to put aside my ego as an ” expert” and join the journey with others.