Month: June 2019


  • 10 … no 11 Reasons Tweet at your conference or event.

    10 … no 11 Reasons Tweet at your conference or event.



    I have always had “10 Reasons” for tweeting at conferences, but I added an 11th entry this year because it is important. Enjoy!

    Twitter bird

    I started tweeting at events when I realized that I was spending as much time and effort tweeting out the most relevant points of the session I was in as I spent taking notes – plus, the notes I took were less relevant than my tweets, since I was only tweeting out the best parts!  Tweeting at conferences has allowed me and others to share info from sessions we may not have been able to attend. Once I committed to live tweeting conferences, I got a lot of great, positive feedback about it from other attendees. I have had many people come up to me and say

    “Hello @kentbrooks”  

    It has been a great way to meet other conference attendees and more. Here is a summary of my top reasons to Tweet at a conference

    Reasons to Tweet at a Conference

    1. Take Conference Notes … I type faster than I write.
    2. Archive Conference Notes…  The Archive is immediate and public.
    3. Share Conference Notes… Just point people to your Twitter Feed.
    4. Build a Personal Learning Network PLN… This goes beyond people you meet at the conference. People not attending the conference will be following the the back channel and you will make connections there as well.
    5. Meet Fellow Attendees… Whether the conference is small or large, finding a way to connect is the most valuable part of any conference.  
    6. Gain Insight to Some of Your Own Thoughts... After the conference I can go back through thread to review important items.
    7. Share Resources… Links, images and people to follow all will become part of your social conference experience.
    8. Allows you to Summarize Important Points140 280 characters at a time forces conciseness. This helps me evaluate my understanding (or lack there of) of a conference session.
    9. Learn from Sessions held Simultaneously…I can partially remove my frustration at not being able to to attend 3 or 4 conference tracks at a time since I can glean ideas, links and comments  from different sessions.
    10.  It helps me Confirm I am in the Right Session…Keeping an eye on the twitter stream allows me to head to a different simultaneous session if the topic in another sessions turns out to be more directly related to my work, if I am unsure of a certain content or if the session just stinks.  (This may be rude, but with limited travel $$$ we have to make the most of any conference and glean the very best ideas from sessions we attend).
    11. It is simply a lot of fun. Conference tweeting should be fun, empowering, and inspiring. It should create opportunities for interaction. It’s all about engagement, community building and enhancing participation in the event.

    Amazing, isn’t it…technology humanizing the experience of a live gathering of people.




  • Twitter Palooza Rules of Engagement for #RMUG19

    Twitter Palooza Rules of Engagement for #RMUG19

    Twitter Palooza — #rmug19

    RMUG Twitter Game Rules of Engagement

    The RMUG conference is almost here. RMUG “Twitterpalooza” will give attendees the opportunity to interact via social media to participate in quests to earn daily prizes as well as entries which enters game participants in the grand prize drawing. Start earning credit toward great prizes in the days leading up to RMUG 2019.  Tweet I am going to #rmug19 to earn your first Twitterpalooza entry.

    #RMUG “Twitterpalooza” will give conference attendees the chance to win prizes through social media challenges. In addition, participants can gain entries into a grand prize drawing. The goal of Twitterpalooza is to provide conference attendees additional opportunities to collect/archive/share notes, make meaningful social collisions, and have a little fun.

    For each entry earned the game participant will be entered into the grand prize drawing (to be announced throughout the conference). Prizes will be chosen using http://www.randomresult.com

    1)  Early Bird

    Early Bird Tweeters can tweet “ I am going to #RMUG19″ or “I made it to #RMUG19” + #earlybird for a Grand prize entry

    Start earning credit toward great prizes in the days leading up to RMUG 2019.  Tweet “I am going to #RMUG19 #earlybird” to earn your first Twitterpalooza Grand Prize entry.  

    Most Pre-Conference Tweets Top 2 = PreConference Prize  + Grand prize entry

    2) Daily Games

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    The Great Retweeted

    The most retweets at the end of the day rewards the original Tweeter. All tweets must use #RMUG19 to be counted. Top 2 Great Retweeted earn a gift card and and a Grand prize entry

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    Top Conversationalist

    Top 5 per day  (Only one entry will be awarded per person, if someone is top conversationalist multiple days our grand prize entries will go to the next 5) This is a ranking based on a combination of tweets, mentions, and retweets.  Grand prize entry

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    Top Tweeter

    Top 3 per day  (Only one entry will be awarded per person, if someone is top tweeter multiple days our awards will go to the next 3) Grand prize entry + LCCC

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    Local Flavor Prize

    Pic in Front of any business/ restaurant gets an Entry into the grand prize drawing Examples: Pic in Front of Jackalope, pic with the Sir Barton Memorial

    To earn an entry, a picture must include: you + #rmug19 + #RMUGlocalflavor + #wyoming

    3) Random Trivia

    Keep an eye out for spontaneous questions asked by @DutroJoe . Trivia questions could range from Jackalope history to computing  topics and everything in between. Watch for hashtags #RandomTrivia accompanied with #RMUG19.

    3 Random Trivia prize gift cards will be awarded per day. Must use #RandomRmugTrivia and #rmug19 hashtags when answering questions.

    4) Vendor Bender

    We love our Vendors! The first 5 no 11 people to take a picture with all of our on site vendors will earn a prize and an entry in the grand prize drawing for $100 Amazon Card.  Must use #RMUGVendor #rmug19 + Vendor Twitter Handle for each picture.

    Here are your on-site RMUG 2019 vendors:

    Touchnet  = @TouchNet
    Fox & Weaver Consulting = @foxweavconsult
    Lift Team Coaching = @LiftTeamCoach
    Star Rez = @StarRez
    Shamrock Solutions = @ShamSolutions
    Ellucian = @EllucianInc
    Kaufman Hall = @kaufmanhall
    ZeeMee = @zeemeeapp
    Ferrelli = @Ferrilli1
    Softdocs = @Softdocs
    Synoptic = @SynoptixSocial
    Prophix = @prophix

    5) The Big Kahuna:  Where’s Edie?

    If you see @ediemiller12  in the hallway, Tweet  a picture of her and you  + “I saw Edie at #RMUG19 + @ediemiller12  to earn a badge and an entry into the Grand Prize Drawing.

    5) RMUG Buddies  #rmugbuddy

    Where’s Your RMUG Buddy?

    Look for the your kindred #rmug19 attendee buddy with the same number or picture on your conference lanyard and earn a gift card + an entry in the grand prize drawing by tweeting  “Here’s my #rmug19 #rmugbuddy

    Get Your Prizes

    At the end of the last session on Friday we will aggregate and daily prizes will be awarded and announced via Twitter. They can be picked up before the end of sessions on Friday at 12:45.

    Entries for Grand Prize Ends after the final session Tuesday. At the end of the last session on Tuesday we will aggregate and daily prizes will be awarded and announced via Twitter. The Grand Prize winner will be announced during the wrap-up period. All prizes must be picked up on Friday by 12:45pm

    Thursday Giveaways

    1 Most Pre conference Tweets = Coffee Mug

    TBD Random Trivia  

    3 = Top Daily Tweeters  (1st Backpack, 2nd Blanket & 3rd T Shirt)

    2 = Top Retweeted Tweets  (Winners choice of shirt or mug)

    Friday Giveaways

    TBD = Random Trivia

    3 = Top Daily Tweeters  (1st Hot Drink Tumbler, 2nd T Shirt & 3rd Coffee Cup)

    2 = Top Retweeted Tweets  (Stadium Seat & T Shirt)

    2 = Completing Vendor Bendor (1st Backpack, 2nd Blanket & 3rd T Shirt)