Is Live Blogging Really Stealing?

This question has been bugging me since the PRSA Conference. I followed many people as they live blogged/twittered. Of course, I was thankful for their efforts because I experienced the event from my computer in Dallas. But what about the people that paid exorbitant (to me) amounts of money to go to this conference and others similar? Do they feel cheated? Does anyone ask the presenter if it is OK to live blog/twitter? May presentation materials be shared online?

Yes, no matter what the tool, the information will be spread. In this case, I am a black/white person wanting to know the limits of my Treo powers. When does conference blogging/twittering cross the line? Or not? I am eager to hear your take…Specifically, those who I have followed live this past month: Kami Huyse, Geoff Livingston, Connie Reece, Chris Heuer and Josh Hallett.

Steve Crescenzo had an interesting experience with live blogging earlier this year. Things are not always as they appear in a blog post or 140 characters.

Beth Kanter is pro-live blogging and explains her posting methodology. "First of all, live blogging takes a certain chutzpah and fearlessness.   At last year’s blogher, someone said that live bloggers need to carry around a hip flask in their tool box!  So, you have to not be afraid of making mistakes  … publically …."

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  • Mike Driehorst

    Live blogging, or rather, live twittering an event is a primary benefit and excellent use for Twitter. So, mark me in the “pro” category.
    Twittering an event is not going to factor in the reasons why someone is not attending an event. It can only help promote — and show how valuable the event is so more attend the next time (ideally).
    That said, like anything you get from a single-source, you should have a grain of skepticism. Don’t take it as gospel. It’s still valuable, but if you question something or later hear a different report, check it out.
    – Mike

  • Geoff Livingston

    Live blogging is not stealing. They put it out there in the public domain… Keep up the good work.

  • Susan Getgood

    Attendance at a conference offers a number of benefits, one of which is the sessions. There’s also in person networking oppty that you only get if you go.
    When we read someone’s liveblog or twitter stream of an event, we are getting their notes, their perspective of the conference. If we want it “undiluted” we generally have to go ourselves.
    So, in my book, liveblogging or tweeting sessions is perfectly legit and a great way to spread the content even farther. *Unofficial* video or audio on the other hand, that I would be opposed to.

  • Lauren Vargas

    Thank you for the feedback. I agree that Twittering or live blogging is a form of knowledge share. In fact, I think such practices are the responsibilities of professionals. I needed to hear the A-OK from the professionals.
    I suppose I will need to get out and about so I can get more practice! Did I already mention I asked Santa for a flipcam?

  • Beth Kanter

    I agree with Geoffrey – it isn’t stealing. However, I got into a sticky situation once. IN a public forum, a conference plenary, a representative of a government agency was talking about evaluation reports for some federal grants that were mandated by congress and how they weren’t as important as some of the anecdotal information — I twittered it. The moderator, who knew that I was blogger/twitter, said to the audience Beth Kanter probably just twittered that and pointed to me. After the session, the government person came up to me and asked me if I did twitter it and if I could delete. We got into a big debate — because she made the statement in a public forum. Of course, I doubt if congressional aids scan twitter. I deleted it because she was so paranoid ,.

  • Beth’s Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

    It’s all about the learning and insomnia

    Last night or rather very early this morning, I could not sleep and started thinking about my to do list and all the new ideas I jotted down in my moleskin while on vacation … Somewhere between the soothing visit

  • Beth’s Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

    Live Blogging

    I’m gearing up to do some live blogging at blogher and NCDD. Over the past year, I’ve done a lot of live blogging which is basically taking notes at lectures, conferences, and presentations of what was said. I process information