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2.2 Using Twitter hashtags to follow conferences

Some conference organisers encourage participants to tweet about conferences as they happen. Participants will be encouraged to use a particular hashtag so that anyone using Twitter can read updates about the proceedings.

Table 1 Twitter pros and cons
ToolProsCons
Twitter
  • Opportunity to network
  • One of the fastest ways to receive news
  • Able to follow conferences through attendees’ tweets
  • Volume of tweets can be considerable
  • The same hashtags can be used in different contexts
  • Limited information displayed in 140 characters