Saturday, November 28, 2009

WMTM Still Going Strong

A week after the We Make the Media conference in Portland, an active online discussion continues via Twitter, Google Groups, and Google Wave. Participants include many from the Portland metro area, but also a number of people like myself who aren't as centrally located, who could not stay so involved if follow-up discussion was limited to face-to-face meetings. That attendees remain so engaged suggests that the conference may have achieved what its organizers set out to do. Members of a few, if not all of the planning groups that formed at the conference, are working on ideas online and have concrete plans to meet again in person, and are also brainstorming with people from the other groups. It's too early to speculate about the success of the proposed ideas, but it seems clear that something good will come of all this!

1 comment:

Betsy said...

The one part I didn't add in my tweet is the fact that if an elected official's Twitter account is unprotected/open to all, he/she's already committed to having that communication out there for the world to see.

It's then available on the web itself, archived in RSS feeds, or frozen in archived searches, for example. And a smart public official knows that from the get-go (or ought to), and knows that's an inherent part of the medium itself.