In advance of the American Astronomical Society meeting in Washington, DC next week, we need to talk about Twitter. Twitter is a great platform for sharing and navigating the craziness that will be this huge meeting. As far as I can tell, many astro outreach folks are on twitter, but not many scientists (except those with blogs). For the purposes of this meeting, this should change. It would be awesome if people tweeted about the science going on at the meeting to help people find/not miss what they are most interested in, but also to help people find out about exciting things going on outside their own subfield.
Examples of useful tweets would be: a talk your looking forward to, along with a time and room; big results you just found out about; and posters that should not be missed, along with landmarks (e.g., back right corner, across from the Spitzer booth). Other useful things for talk hoppers would be letting people know about schedule changes and how many minutes behind a session is.
The way this works is to just include the hash tag ‘#aas215’ in all your AAS tweets and anybody, even folks without twitter accounts, can see them: http://twitter.com/search?q=#aas215.
While a lot of us will have our laptops, the beauty of Twitter is that it’s super easy to use on mobile devices. So, I’m given AAS attendees an assignment: sign up for a twitter account (optional), set up a twitter app on your mobile device (I use Tweetie on my iPhone), and learn how to save a search term (#aas215).
Looking forward to reading your tweets!