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One unexpected outcome of working on the annual conference for BILETA has been the discovery of an active network of legal tweeters – or twegals – to complement the blawging community. Twegals frequently tweet from events, creating a nice pool of data for analysis.
At the moment I am trying out Martin Hawksey’s Twitter Archiving Google Spreadsheet (aka TAGS) and TAGS Explorer, which allows you to visualise the archived conversations. A series of posts on #bileta12 is overdue, but for now here’s a quick look at #nlsled, the hashtag for the launch of Nottingham Law School’s Centre for Legal Education on 3 May.
The #nlsled network
I set up Martin Hawksey’s TAGS to collect all #nlsled tweets – the published spreadsheet is here. I then used TAGSExplorer to visualise the conversations:
The size of the names and the arrows indicate conversations – click on the nodes (circles) in the interactive version for more information.
TAGS also gives lists of top tweeters and conversationalists plus basic metrics (click on the image for a larger version):
Finally, below is a quick curation of resources from the event, trying out Storify’s slideshow format. Unlike the standard linear presentation webpages do not render well (and it won’t work in IE):
What’s all this about?
The concept of amplified events is gaining ground in the academic and research communities, as well as in the public sector. A range of tools is available to assist event organisers – and participants – in capturing and sharing the information and networking around an event with attendees, colleagues and the wider public.
I’ve been tracking events since 2010 and writing event reports on what works. I’m also looking at social network analysis and data visualisation approaches. Any twegals or blawgers who would like advice on amplifying and curating an event or more information on any aspect of this post are welcome to get in touch – just add a comment below or contact @annindk on Twitter.