Last week, I had the privilege of attending the Religion Newswriters Association conference (Oct. 4-6, 2012). I won’t attempt to summarize the actual content of the conference here; instead, this Storify post highlights what I thought were some of the most effective #RNA2012 tweets.
Heads up: I let my followers know I’d be live-tweeting and explained the hashtag I would be using. Nothing annoys me more than seeing an acronym in a hashtag and having no idea what it stands for.
I’m happy to be attending the Religion Newswriters Association conference today through the weekend – tweeting with #RNA2012
Introducing a session: I thought it would be helpful to introduce a panel on Mormonism by naming each panelist’s basic job description. Wes Gentry did it by naming the organizations each panelist was associated with, while Menachem Wecker did it by mentioning the panelists’ Twitter handles.
Starting a panel on Mormons in public life, feat. professor Terryl Givens, blogger/author Jana Riess & author Darius Gray #RNA2012
My most successful tweet: This was my most retweeted and favorited post of the weekend. During one of the sessions, a panelist read a 6-point list, and most people hurried to write it down. I figured that the list must be available online somewhere, and — lo and behold! — I was able to tweet the link.
The two-parter: I couldn’t fit these linked facts into a single tweet without cutting them down too much, so I tweeted them in succession. I tried to add enough context to the second tweet that it could stand on its own. I’m not sure how effective this is… There’s a reason tweets are limited to 140 characters!
Sally Steenland: 2 stories not being told: 1- What does rapidly changing racial demographic mean for religion in US? #RNA2012
… And (2) while we were listening to a conversation with Eckhart Tolle, when we were told that Twitter would distract us from the “now.” We all probably got a lot more out of the session because we weren’t constantly trying to find something to tweet.
Is Tweeting OK if you’re trying to live in the now? #RNA2012