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Liveblogging Etiquette

Just a quick one:

  • I suggest sitting to the back of the room if you are using a notebook computer. This means others will not be distracted by what's happening on your screen.
  • Like everyone else, make sure your laptop bag or case is not blocking any pathways. Feel free to use the seat next to you to spread out, but pay attention if it looks like someone needs that seat.
  • Type quietly and only when necessary. Others may not be able to hear the presenters if they are sitting nearby you.
  • If you cannot say something nice, don't say it at all. No one on the Internet really cares if the presenter needs to stop for a glass of water, puts up the wrong slideshow or trips over a cord. You're covering content, not the tiny incidentals of a presentation.
  • Regarding the event itself, offter only constructive criticism, and take preference to in-person, rather than blogged if it can be helped. Feedback should always be welcomed by organisers and so if the food is cold, let them know now, rather than tomorrow on your website.
  • No solitaire or WoW! If you don't want to listen to the presenter then get out of the theatre and go home. Seriously.

Do you have any pointers for event bloggers?