The backchannel is incredibly valuable when you don’t attend a conference, and when you DO. Especially since there are multiple firehoses of conference information with a constant supply of information that is waiting to be consumed. It can be difficult to hear and retain all of the valuable information in one session, while simultaneously ideas spark more of your own, let alone not having clones available to absorb information at the multiple conccurent sessions.
Of course, the solution to this overflow of information that you cannot hold in your own bucket is to later find the overflow of information and new perspectives in the backchannel. So there is a good chance that if you’ve missed valuable drops of ideas, others have taken note of them and you can enjoy drinking from the overflow collection well at your later convenience.
Contributions to the backchannel include Tweets using the conference hashtag, blog posts and other resources, all which are collected by David Kelly and added to this site:
“Tweeting as conference note taking allows me to share and invite commentary which adds to my understanding.” – Mark Britz (
We could be doing so much more than that to contribute to an even larger conference backchannel library of resources. But first, how do you collect your notes and thoughts?
The following are examples that I have observed:
I’m a big fan of useful apps. My iPad has an included app called “Notes”. It is a useful app. But, because I always enjoy the next best thing and because someone at this conference introduced me to it – I’m now using a $.99 app called “Notability”. This app allows you to include pictures you take of the session, use a stylus and many other great features.
- Juanita Denney
Take a look at Becca Wilson’s (
) incredible notes she took during #PSS12 using the “Notability” app:
Those are fantastic notes and so easy to share with others. This conference is about providing information in a faster, better way.
How else do you share notes and information with peers and the backchannel? Please share in the comments section.