Recently I attended r3play, a retro gaming event in Blackpool, England. It was a lot of fun (to read about it please read my r3play review on Retro Garden), but what was nice for a social networking & web geek such as myself was that there was a twitter hashtag. This allowed the event to be tracked easily & quickly online, so the phone came out & tweetdeck came on, with a new column dedicated to #r3play.
Of course, with something like Blackbird Pie you can embed individual tweets into your site, which can be great for tracking & blogging the key takeaways of the conference from everybody else. Furthermore it lets your blogging community know the influencers, getting them some followers.
But how about events? I did this with my recent trip around Europe with the whole purpose of blogging it, but unfortunately (for reasons I’ll explain later) it didn’t work.
You can use hashtags to microblog events that you attend. I’ve been playing around with a small script recently (with a help of ODesk) that is designed to turn your twitter feed into a post on your blog.
What you do is use a hashtag that nobody else will ever use. For my trip around Europe I used the hashtag #rhysvseurope, and for the event I tweeted last night (Burscough FC vs. Colwyn Bay) I used #buscoughvsbay. Basically silly tweets.
You can then at a later date use the Twitter Search & Blackbird Pie to get all your tweets from the event.
The issue I had – and the warning to learn? Don’t hang around! By the time I got around to blogging about #rhysvseurope, the twitter search had archived the tweets, making them unsearchable. I could use Google, but it’s not 100% accurate, so if you are to blog an event, make sure you grab the tweets as early as you can.