When I go to good conferences, I blog them there and then so that folks who aren’t there can get an idea of what’s going on. So I have been counting on the techie nature of this conference to provide pretty close-to-live output from the event online.
In addition to the folks who will be “live-blogging” it, there will be an online chat for participants and nonparticipants. I’ve been at conferences where real-time chat was utilized, and I find it adds an incredible layer of interaction. For example, you can add something to the conversation without interrupting the speaker, announce last-minute agenda changes, or meet people you might not have approached in person.
However, without a live audio feed of the conference, I’m not quite sure how helpful this chat room will be. Plus I’m concerned that it’s being run on a proprietary platform instead of something open like IRC.
At this week’s International Symposium on Local E-Democracy in Minnesota, they provided an audio stream, video captures, and a facilitated IRC chat. My only complaint about it was low participation, but at least they tried!
Anyway, I’m thrilled that BlogHerCon is going on, and I will try to tune in one way or another.