Liveblogging via a second Twitter account

I just created a separate Twitter account for liveblogging. You can follow me there.

One reason I started using the popular microblogging tool Twitter was to experiment with liveblogging events such as conference sessions. While Twitter is not a perfect tool for this prupose, it’s less clumsy than trying to liveblog with a traditional tool such as WordPress or Typepad, I’ve found.

When I’m live-Twittering an event, I tend to post lots of “tweets” in quick succession. This can be overwhelming to my regular Twitter followers.

Therefore I’ve decided to experiment with another Twitter liveblogging approach: I’ve created a separate Twitter account called amyliveblogging. When I liveblog an event (as I’ll do with some sessions at the Total Community Coverage seminar I’ll be attending and presenting at next week), I’ll do it through that account. This way, such posts won’t clutter my regular Twitter account.

This’ll give people who want to follow me on Twitter to get only my regular day-to-day tweets, only my event coverage, or both.

Again, this is all just an experiment. We’ll see how it works out.

What do you think of this approach? Got any questions, comments, or critiques? Please comment below.

6 thoughts on Liveblogging via a second Twitter account

  1. Hey, that’s a great idea. Dwight Silverman at the Houston Chronicle’s TechBlog found the same thing when he experimented with Twittering a conference session — those who were interested thought it was great, those who didn’t went to “Unfollow.” 🙂

    If I ever cover a speaker or conference, I think I’ll try this. Just note periodically on your regular Twitter post where you are and what you’re doing.

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  6. Dear Amy,
    Sounds like you’re doing the right thing. I noticed you signed up on Good move. We (I co-founded this thing) are pondering similar issues to the ones you comment on so often. Since the US races started off the Twitter/Reporting issue has moved to the spotlight some more and the first mainstream media are starting to embed their reporters’ Tweets. That’s all good. It all builds audiences and I think that those media that opt for Twittering in their reporting are engaging in valuable community building that others miss out on.
    I will soon be in touch with the newsletter. For the time being, check out the reporTwitters blog:
    Angelique van Engelen

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