In defense of live Tweeting at meetings

Skeptical Scalpel has re-upped his on going war on Live Tweeting or, as Alex Djuricich used to say, Tweeting the Meeting.

Scalpel and I have sparred about this in the past, and I have flipped and flopped quite a bit. Here is my first post on live tweeting:

And the flip flop

If you look at the blog posts linked in that second post you will see posts written largely from the notes created and archived on Twitter. For a more contemporary example take a look at the post I wrote about the late breaking and high impact trials at this year’s Kidney Week. This post uses the Tweets written during the session to tell the story of the session. I think it does a far better job of conveying the mood of the audience during the session than other posts about the session that I have read.

My other post for KidneyWk (#KidneyWk: Serum and Dialysate Electrolytes and the Risk of Sudden Cardiac┬áDeath) was also based on tweets but since there were fewer tweeters in the audience the post relies on their voice less and reads like a more traditional post. But don’t be fooled, it was also largely a product of the notes I took as a damned live tweeter.