Last year over 5000 tweets were posted about IGF. This year I suspect the number will be a lot higher. Add to that all the blog posts, photos, video clips and other social media content - and working out what was going on can be a bit of a challenge.
Of course, the reason we can tell there were 5000 or so tweets about IGF is that's how many included the #igf09 hash-tag that divided IGF tweets from the thousands and millions of others posted during the time of IGF in Sharm El Sheikh.
So this year, what if everyone using Twitter (or other tag-enabled social media platforms) made use of one short extra tag in each post to indicate which workshop or plenary session they are in?
To make that work the extra tag needs to be short and intuitive (i.e. someone in the session should be able to work out what the tag would be without being told; and someone reading the tweet should be able to easily work out what the tag tweet was about).
Suggested hash-tag patterns for comment:
In a handout we're hoping to get to all delegates, and in the online social media aggregator (look out for it being launched next week) we're suggesting the following tag patterns. Do these work for you? If you're running a workshop could you promote these at the start of your session?
- For workshops: #ws + workshop number. E.g. for Workshop 69 this would be #ws69
- For dynamic coalitions: #dc + coalition number. E.g. #dc2
- For open forums: #of + forum number. E.g. #of4
- For regional networks: #rn + forum number. E.g. #rn4 (N.B. regional network numbers appear to be shared between different regions on the current programme - may need a different pattern for these)
- For plenary sessions: #p + session number*. E.g. #p1
All sessions are given a number in the programme
, apart from plenary sessions - so at the moment I'm imagining the number might just be a count of which plenary it is - but other suggestions for plenary sessions welcome.
In practice, these tags mean that anyone tweeting would need to include at least 12 characters in a tweet to tag it (e.g. #igf10 #ws12) although this could be reduced to 10 if using just #igf rather than #igf10 (although the convention that has emerged already seems to be to use #igf10.
Do these work for you?
Before I finalise the draft of this handout: Social Reporting Handout.pdf (DRAFT)
on Friday it would be great to get comments on this suggestion. Do you want to use different tags?
Footnote: Helping make sense of tagging
Because (a) this relates sessions to themes it makes it possible to later get back all the tweets on a particular theme, rather than just a session; and (b) because it knows about the start time of sessions and their tags, it could automatically tweet at the start of each session a link to the details of that session - meaning anyone coming across the tag has a way to find out what it is about.
Any other things we could do to help make tagging IGF make more sense?