I recently read an interesting article on Social Media use from the Guardian (You can read the post here)
It got me thinking about why I post as I am conscious that I am one of those people who occasionally posts photos taken from conference events as referred to in the article.
I think I have 2 main reasons for posting photos from a conference. The first of these is to promote a discussion of a point raised at the event. Conference events are largely one way, with the sage on the stage presenting their theories, opinions and thoughts. As such there isn’t really an opportunity to spark up a discussion beyond the usually short Q&A at the end of each session. By posting a photo to twitter you can seek to start a discussion or see how much agreement, via liking, exists as to the point. The act of posting also pushes the point being raised to a wider audience, beyond that of the venue in which the event is being held.
The second reason I have for posting a picture from an event is as a record for myself. Once I have posted it, it is logged within my twitter account for review later. As such I can relocate points at a later stage where I need to plus I can also reflect on my previous thoughts and opinions based on what I posted as opposed to what I remember. I am conscious after reading various books including Talebs, The Black Swan, of the potential falseness of memory, so being able to look back on my social media posts to ensure my recollections are correct is very helpful.
Some of the best events I have been to have involved the presenter making use of social media as a back channel to support a greater degree of two way communication however that is not for everyone.
I will continue posting comments and photos from events. I will try to be as discreet as possible in doing so in order to avoid impacting on the experience of others attending such events however if you are sat behind or beside me and I am detracting from your experience please feel free to let me know.