Next week we pay attention to two events focusing on ecotourism: conferences in Ecuador and Poland. In conversation — hangouts, tweets, Facebook posts – with participants, there is a great of enthusiasm. How to make the most of this? Let’s find ways to improve our communication.
Events ought to be more engaging and if the organizers are not up to providing livestreaming video, diy – do it yourself. Hacking an event does not have to be a criticism. Most organizers are simply up to their eyeballs with other tasks. If you offer to live tweet or livestream the video, they most likely will be appreciative. Remote participants too! I certainly want to see and hear what’s happening in Ecuador/Poland with the intention of updating our wiki pages about Ecuador/Poland.
Here are some to ways to ‘hack your own event’ using the social web:
Ustream – My recommendation to livestream presentations and Q&A sessions. If it’s official, it should be archived. Ustream’s advantage over Periscope is the ease of uploading (and archiving) videos to YouTube.
Twitter – Tweet and retweet. Favorite tweets and bonus points if you embed a tweet on blog. More bonus points if you create a Twitter list
Facebook – Share stories from the event using relevant groups.
Slideshare – Post presentations or documents, preferably with a Creative Commons attribution-share alike license
Storify – Curate your favorite bits
Wiki – Correct the Wikipedia or edit another wiki.
YouTube – Upload your own video of responsible travel and ecotourism in action.
Most of these social web tools can be used for other events, including next month’s Local Travel in the USA, hashtag #localtravelusa. Share these tips with fellow participants and please enjoy the face-to-face interaction. Suggestions welcome.