Live conference chat
During ASAE & The Centerâ€™s Annual Meeting in Chicago, there was a healthy amount of chatter going on through a text-message backchannel set up by Ben Martin of the Certified Association Executive blog. Ben set up what amounted to a cell-phone listserverâ€”where backchannel participants could text message all other participants with their thoughts and opinions during the meeting (and set up face-to-face meetings as well).
On the Logic + Emotion blog, thereâ€™s a related idea that I found quite interesting: Allow text messaging as part of a panel format. Blogger David Armano will be hosting a panel discussion where attendees can text message directly to an interactive screenâ€”so that everyone in the room can see the text messages that appear, and the panelists can address questions that the texters submit. Will it lead to chaos? He freely admits that he doesnâ€™t know, but heâ€™s interested in trying something new and finding ways to increase the interactivity of the panel discussion formatâ€”certainly worthy goals!