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Moderation or Presentation? Using Twitter Backchannel for More Effective Conference Presentations

Friday, May 21st, 2010

CW 2010 Presentation (West Lafayette, IN) | May 22, 2010 • 10:15-11:30 a.m. | Panel F6


Old Dominion University


Ubiquitous Wi-Fi access via portable computers and mobile devices has given rise to Twitter conference revolts. One casualty: the “sage on the stage” presentation model. C&W 2009 digital backchannel participants witnessed this during the #cw09happening. Analyzing this keynote address via Actor-Network Theory reveals critical considerations for better engaging audience members.


All A-Twitter

Saturday, September 26th, 2009
Susan C. Herring, Professor of Information Science at Indiana University Bloomington

Susan C. Herring, Professor of Information Science at Indiana University Bloomington

In Beyond Microblogging: Conversation and Collaboration via Twitter, Courtenay Honeycutt and Susan C. Herring examine how Twitter is used (particularly English-language tweets) and conjecture about the potential of using Twitter for collaborative endeavors. They seek to answer five research questions:

  1. What is the breakdown of the language of tweets across time periods, and to what extent is the @ sign used in tweets in different languages?
  2. How do instances of the @ sign function in English tweets?
  3. What do people twitter about, and does it vary for tweets with and without the @sign?
  4. To what extent do English @ messages that are directed to others receive responses, either with or without @ signs?
  5. How long, and how coherent, are interactive exchanges , and to what extent do they make use of the @ sign?

Author Background

Herring received her MA and PhD in Linguistics from UC Berkley and has served as a past editor of the Journal of Computer Mediated Communication and as current editor of Language@Internet. She is a Professor of Information Science at Indiana University Bloomington and has published extensively. In case you are interested in following her, Herring has a Twitter account.

Courtenay Honeycutt received her MA in Speech Communication from Penn State and is a PhD candidate at Indiana University Bloomington. Honeycutt also has published several articles. (Note: Honeycutt did not include a photo on her bio page or CV. The only image I found of her is a “social” snapshot so I elected not to post it.)