Should I blog or should I tweet?

I’m heading west for the CASE conference on Communication, Marketing and Technology. I’m looking forward to presenting, learning from colleagues, and enjoying the mild San Diego weather. I also plan to post my observations from time to time. But the question arises: Should I blog about the conference or tweet about it, via the web 2.0 toy du jour, Twitter?

Most likely, I’ll be posting on Twitter. It’s quicker, easier, and I can do it from my cell phone.

If you want to follow along, I’ve created the hashtag #CASECMT to make it easier to track on Twitter.

If you’re on Twitter and want to follow #CASECMT, here’s what you need to do:

  • Follow hashtags.
  • Next, follow eventtrack.
  • Then send this message to eventtrack:
  • @eventtrack follow #CASECMT

If all of that sounds too complicated, then just tune in to this blog or follow along at my Twitter account.

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Author: andrewcareaga

Higher ed PR and marketing guy. Communications director for Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) in Rolla, Missouri, USA. Slow runner, mediocre guitarist, lover of music and puns, and an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. I blog and Tweet about #highered, #music, #gocards and #random stuff.

7 thoughts on “Should I blog or should I tweet?”

  1. While it seems you’ve already answered your own question, I’ll give my response anyway: blog.

    Personally, I find live tweets of most events rather useless. Sharing an inspiring quote, surprising stat or insightful observation works fine, but trying to summarize entire presentations in 140 characters doesn’t. Even worse is when people try to transcribe every word a speaker says, resulting in a non-stop flow of tweets that just dares me to hit unfollow. I stopped following several people during the SXSW debacle.

    On the other hand, blogging allows a little more room to offer a fair assessment of the conference and a reasonable summary of presentations that really grab your attention.

    But hey, that’s just my opinion. Enjoy San Diego! What topic are you presenting on?

  2. I totally agree with Colin. It’s like he read my mind as I was reading the post.

    You don’t have to blog every session but if you are like me then you have your laptop open taking notes as the speaker goes and it’s not a whole lot of trouble to spend a few minutes before crashing for the night to write-up a daily summary. Besides I usually find a little organization of my notes goes a long way when down the road I want to figure out what I learned at a conference and I’ve already hashed through everything and put it in a format that I’ll remember and is meaningful to me.

    Just my 2¢. :)

  3. My personal preference for conferences is blogging but do what works for you. After all, its YOUR professional development opportunity so you need to do what will get YOU (and not us) the most out of it first and foremost.

  4. Interesting feedback from four hardcore tweeters (or mediumcore, at the least) who are also unquestionably hardcore higher ed bloggers. Fear not, gentle reader. I shall blog. But I’m also going to tweet. Not the blow-by-blow “reportage” crap you saw from the SXSWers — a lot of that translated into “Look at how cool I am, I am at SXSW and you’re not and — oh, look! it’s Chris Brogan!” which Colin and I agree is mostly worthless. No, I’ll tweet only the most salient points that are worth telegraphing, and write little notes to self worth sharing with the tweeterverse. And I won’t be tweeting from the bar. That’s just dorky. You go to a bar for drink and camaraderie. At least I do. For the most part, this blog’s gonna be the primary source for my thoughts on the conference.

  5. Greetings from Denver International Airport, where my flight to San Diego has been delayed. Glad DIA provides free wifi. :)

    Mike – I plan to do both but I won’t use TwitterFeed because I’ll forget to turn it off and then my tweets will turn into tweetblogspam. I’ll just roll my own for the next few days.

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