I was fortunate enough to attend the National Digital Forum on Monday and Tuesday. It was my first time at the conference, and I found it a very good conference. I liked the size, and makeup of the delegates, meeting and talking to others from similar sectors to the library was eye opening. I will at some point write something more about the conference, but for this post I just wanted to reflect on Twitter. 🙂
To my chagrin, as a technical librarian, going to a digital conference, I was lacking in gizmo’s 😆 I didn’t even have a clunky old laptop to connect to the wi-fi. I missed it too, the ability to make notes, and more importantly connect to the whole sub level that flows under conference’s via Twitter. Twitter, while not giving you any real insight to the content of the conference, does give you an sense of what the delegates are thinking and how the conference is going. I also discovered, when I managed to borrow a netbook and hop onto Twitter for a while, that the process of Twittering helped me concentrate on the talk.
There were a number of conversations to be had about twitter including the idea that at future conferences your twitter profile [if you have one] should be printed on your name tag. Then when you meet some who you know only virtually, you will be able to make that instant connection.
Another conversation I had was about multiple twitter profiles. Should you have one for your personal life, and a separate one for your professional? Or if you have more than one online persona, even more. Me for example. I could have a separate one for my writing life, another one for my professional life, and a third for my personal life. I have had that debate with myself recently, and come to the conclusion, especially as I have now come out from behind the curtain of anonymity, that I only want one. After all what I tweet is me in my entirety. I feel that to try and compartmentalize your online presence is to try and hide part of who you are, which for me is not a good thing.