I admit it, I'm addicted to Twitter. The social media site where you can share your thoughts in 140 characters or less. This tool is a very powerful one for conferences. It's a great way to connect with other people you're attending sessions with, follow along on a another session you just couldn't make it to, and capture great quotes from speakers.
This year at the conference, there's only one official hashtag: #ghc11. Speakers are encouraged to suggest additional hashtags for their session, but we do ask everyone to always use #ghc11, as well.
As you can see on the Grace Hopper Bloggers site, we scroll the live #ghc11 feed on the right hand side. Another great way to see what everyone is saying at the conference is to use TwitterFall and just watch all tweets tagged with #ghc11 scroll by in a tab in your browser.
You can also use your Twitter client to follow the Twitter list of GHC11 attendees.
I've been able to meet up with like-minded women in the industry when I've seen a woman tweet about an evening meet up in a nearby bar or restaurant. This is a great way to network and meet new people. To make it easier to meet people, update your profile picture to something recent.
If you've already got a slew of followers, you may want to let them know you'll be going to a conference, so your tweet volume will increase greatly. A lot of my followers, though, enjoy participating in the conference vicariously through my feed.
If you're new to Twitter, check out Ashley's post to the blog last year that will help you get set up and teach you all of the Twitter lingo! (Note: we don't have all those other hashtags mentioned in last year's post, we've simplified!) BJ also had a great post on Twitter, too.
You can find the official Grace Hopper Twitter account at @ghc and me @bubbva. Stop in and say "hi" to us!