There was a Manchester based sports reporter for The Mirror who wrote Grand Prix reviews when he hadn’t even been at the races. He watched them on the TV and filed the copy from the comfort of his living room. Legend has it he was rumbled when after a major crash the editor dispatched him to conduct an interview with the injured driver at his hospital bed some several hundred miles from where, let’s call him Ted, was sitting.
I feel a little bit like that reporter, writing a piece on the Don’t Panic Guide to Social Media seminar in Manchester today when I didn’t go to it and at the time of writing this piece the conference hasn’t even finished. It’s not live TV material so what’s the sketch? Well it is a social media event so it is live tweet material. There are at least six people posting micro blogs right now on Twitter with observations and snippets from the event. The list includes @robin1966, @michaelcooper, @Sarah_Hartley, @craigmcginty, @stuartbruce, and @stedavies. So far there are over over 100 ‘tweets’ all search-able via the hashtag #dontpanic . That’s a lot of information about Pradvertising, 3DPR, the decline of e-mail and the revelation that the first speaker up Tom Murphy doesn’t like Twitter.
There is a danger when we tweet (or blog) about twittering that this becomes navel contemplation but it is an interesting phenomenon nevertheless. There is also the discovery that new communications channels bring new and unexpected challenges. Two of the Twitter correspondents have had to abandon their live reports because their phone batteries died. Well at least they were there.