Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Hypnotweeting, and Other Conference Bizwords

One of my downfalls as a journalist is that I take terrible notes. I often can't read my own writing. I also find when I interview people that I focus so intently on taking down their quotes verbatim that I'm not thinking ahead to the next logical question to ask. So I rely heavily on a digital recorder.

I've always thought I was a fairly good multi-tasker, but that's just one example that proves I'm not. Here's another: I feel torn listening to a great speaker or participating in a good session. Should I tweet? Or give my full attention to what's taking place in the here and now? So I chuckled when I read this new term and its definition in Fast Company's June issue: "Hypnotweeting: When a conference speaker or presenter's ideas are so powerful that the entire audience stares intently into their computer screens, dutifully live-tweeting everything they're not missing completely."

"Hypnotweeting" comes from Alex Blagg of, and he says it is just one of the "hottest new bizwords blowing up presentations and panels at tech conferences, expos, forums, and fests across the world." See the article for a handful of others.


Lirah said...

The hottest new bizwords blowing up presentations and panels at tech conferences, expos, forums, and fests across the world nowadays.

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Cathy Walker said...

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Creativity has a lot to do with how you look at things. When you let yourself free to see things in unconventional ways, something completely unexpected can happen.

Krystal said...

The Wal-Mart article shows a lack of economic theory (an article published in Fastcompany mag). No one is forced to sell or buy from anyone. What happens if we move all our jobs to outside the U.S.? GDP goes down, and it makes what our country produces more affordable, creating new jobs, because we're not producing as much. It balances itself out.

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Adelle said...

This happened not only inside the organization, but also across the planet. The boundaries of community are different than the borders of organizations. Many of our Thematic Groups included people outside the organization.

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Kenneth Moore said...

This is what keeping me away from my old school. LOL it brings back old funny memories.