The Wall Street Journals’ open call to join the conversation and tweet your own social media etiquette tips got us thinking about “going social” at events.
As event planners working in the tech space, we love this new era of social and digital events. Whether it’s a conference, dinner or even a wedding, we’re seeing more and more events extending the conversation on social media. Tweeting, posting, taking pictures and blogging are not only appropriate but encouraged at many events!
So in this new era of social and digital events, where is the line between strategic online engagement and tacky or rude use of technology? Here are some of our initial thoughts on #TechManners at events.
- Be discreet – You don’t need to have your phone out the entire time. Tweet, post or share and then put your phone away (although not too far that you can’t grab it next time there’s a worthy quote to share).
- Be present – It’s great to be engaging online as well as at the event, but don’t forget that the value of the event is in the speakers, organizers and other participants. Don’t miss out on networking opportunities or important points from the speakers because your head too preoccupied with Twitter.
- Let your seat mates know – It’s always nice let your neighbors know you’ll be engaging online during the event. Not only is it a great way to start a networking conversation or gain a follower on Twitter, but it also lets them know you’re sharing content from the event not just surfing the internet , checking email or texting.
- Be quick about it – Do your homework ahead of time so you have the right hashtags, handles and followers so it is easy to push content out quickly.
- Excuse yourself– You can always take a few minutes to excuse yourself and leave the room to post your tweets. I reccomend finding a tweet spot in the hallway so you aren’t rude to the other guests.
- Be sensitive to off the record content– Sometimes people aren’t looking for their event to be public. If you have any doubt that the content, quote or picture should not be made public, then wait and get permission before posting.
- Know when to unplug – This sounds like blasphemy coming from a social media expert – but sometimes it’s okay to stop posting and sharing and enjoy the experience.
And finally, it sounds like a no brainer but make sure your phone is on silent! Nothing like a questionable ringtone to ruin the moment… #TechFauxPas