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April 09, 2008

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Adam

This is an interesting post for me personally. You experienced paying more attention to what was going on during the conference thanks to Twitter.

That is surely a good thing. However, I tend to pay attention by forcing myself to just type notes. When no wireless is available - rarely these days - I use my e-mail program for taking notes. When I am connected to the Internet, I use my blog for taking notes. These will be posted whenever I feel they are ready. Nevertheless, this happens often shortly after the session is over.

For me being given 140 spaces for each tweet makes taking notes a challenge. In turn, I will have to post a few tweets top capture the message given by the presenters in a session or keynote speakers. Unfortunately, my followers might not appreciate this. I am not sure.

While attending a conference this Mo-Tue, I discovered that I had difficulty focusing on the speaker in cases where I did not have my computer ready for taking notes.

Following a conference feed a la Twitter does, however, distract me.... (something I have now experienced twice) too many msgs or chances of distractions for me.

For instance, Adam, your stream of tweets may be disrupted by another tweet from somebody else attending the conference. Hence, I have to work my way through several people's bits and pieces or tweets, cumbersome ...

For this reason I turn of Twitter during a session to help me stay focused on my note taking. I prefer not being distracted by tweets. Probably just my age showing again :-)

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