AAS 219 Twitter Review: The Stats (#aas219)

by Kelle on January 16, 2012

I think this was the breakout meeting for Twitter at the AAS (#aas219)! And once again, @doug_burke has compiled some interesting stats and figures about the tweets coming from the conference.

With 45 tweets, I came in as #15 in the list of frequent tweeters! Also looks like the meeting reached a crescendo on Wednesday. There were a lot more tweets about this meeting (4,287) compared to the summer meeting (1,713) which is not surprising. But I also think there were more than in Seattle and it feels like we finally found our Twitter-based stride! Can’t wait for next year!

Over the next couple days, we’ll be posting reviews of the professional development and policy sessions so that the info doesn’t get lost in the Twitter-verse and so that we can continue the discussion.

What did you like most about Twitter this year? Any new converts? Anybody following along that wasn’t at the meeting? What do you think about having some Twitter-based contests at the next meeting? Best poster, best talk, etc?

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kyle Willett January 16, 2012 at 10:07 pm

Wow. Does Bryan Gaensler get some sort of prize? 😉


2 Christopher January 17, 2012 at 4:08 pm

I haven’t used Twitter for anything but I’m thinking about giving it a try at the next AAS. I’m curious what the most popular ways are for people to access it (either actively posting or just as a bystander). Are people mostly using laptops, smartphones, tablets, surgically-implanted twitter-enabled microchips in their brains? Just curious…


3 August Muench January 19, 2012 at 12:13 pm

take a look at the tweet “sources” if s/w is what you are asking about yet one would have to normalize by user to figure out true popularity.

4 nick January 18, 2012 at 2:24 am

I followed along but wasn’t there. There was a lot of noise for someone in that situation. Once in a while a good stream of tweets would emerge- Jessica’s livetweeting of the Postdoc Job Market, for instance, was very clear. I’m ultimately torn about whether it’s actually useful to someone who’s not there- I’d lean toward ‘no’ right now, I guess. I can imagine things like ‘good poster if you like stars at 123.45’ helping if you’re at the meeting- curious if people who were there thought that it added value or not.


5 August Muench January 19, 2012 at 12:02 pm

try following science online 2012 for a stronger tweep crowd.

i (of course) think that once you know how to manage the noise (or the noise is managed by the tweeps) think it is fantastic.

6 Nicole January 19, 2012 at 9:06 pm

Heh, wow. And I thought I cut down this year! I was there two days early, so maybe that normalizes me out a bit…


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