Tuesday, June 15, 2010

All Atwitter About the Grace Hopper Celebration!

Each year more and more Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) attendees are using Twitter. This year we're using the hashtag #ghc10 to identify tweets (Twitter updates) related to the GHC 2010 conference. And we're taking advantage of a new Twitter feature: lists that help you connect with other participants before, during and after the conference.

When you register for the conference, you'll be given the option to add your Twitter name to our list of GHC10 attendees and, if you're presenting, to our list of GHC10 speakers. This will make it easier for presenters and attendees to connect through Twitter. It also makes it easier for the GHC Twitter account (@ghc) to follow you and assist with questions about the conference.

Here's how to make the most of Twitter for GHC 2010:
  • Follow @ghc for Grace Hopper Celebration updates on Twitter.
  • Start your tweet with "@ghc" to address a comment (suggestion: introduce yourself!) or question to the GHC twitterer.
  • Find out what others are saying about the conference using our hashtag #ghc10
  • Join in by including the #ghc10 hashtag in your conference-related tweets.
  • When you register for the conference, add your Twitter name to our list of GHC10 attendees and, if you're presenting, to our list of GHC10 speakers.
  • Complete your Twitter profile with a picture, bio, and link to your website or blog so other participants can tell who you are.
Remember that if your profile is protected, others will not be able to view your tweets by search or through the lists unless they go through the process of getting your permission.

If you've wondered who is behind all those @ghc tweets, our primary twitterer is BJ Wishinsky, Communities Program Manager at the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology (ABI). Assisting from time to time are other ABI staff and, as we get closer to the conference, volunteers from our GHC 2010 Communities Committee. Watch for more information on the committee in an upcoming newsletter.

For those not yet familiar with Twitter, here’s a short video by Common Craft to explain the concept: Twitter in Plain English.

This was cross-posted as an article on http://gracehopper.org/

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