This weekend I attended the rather fantastic Open City Workshop in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. If you don’t know much about what’s happening in Edmonton, you should probably check out Adriel Hampton’s recent post on the critical mass for awesomeness that’s happening there. There’s a innovative team at work in Edmonton which is a great model for opengov partnerships everywhere.
Open City Workshop Edmonton was so good, in part, because of the multimedia commentary that accompanied the panel an discussion. Many, including myself, participated in both the on-location discussion and the #openyeg Twitter discussion. For myself, there is no way to separate the two.
There was some talk after the conference as to how we could capture the Twitter stream, so that we didn’t lose this important discussion, which had a profound and positive impact on the conference proceedings. In the days of the rapid response internet, ask and you shall receive.
“In fact, a conference Twitter stream may be so valuable that you’d like to save it and be able to refer back to it later. Google Reader, Google’s RSS feed reader that’s oh so much more, makes it very easy to do just that. Here’s how (prerequisite: a Google account that you’re
logged in to:
- Go to search.twitter.com and search for the hash tag associated with the event you want to archive.
- The results page for any Twitter search is automatically an RSS feed. Right-click and copy the feed link.
3. Go to Google Reader and click the “Add a subscription” button at the upper left
4. Paste the feed URL you copied in step 2 into the Add box and click “Add.”
You now have a complete archive of the Twitter stream for your conference hash tag. Even better, Reader will automatically update this archive with any new tweets using the hash tag…forever!”
I used this technique to archive the #openyeg tweets and then retweeted a link to the how to on Twitter itself. I’m a strong advocate of using the tools to share the tools.