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The Yammer Blog. TodaysMeet. How to Ignite a Yammer Network? Try a YamJam! This is a guest post written by Austen Hunter, Head of Transport Operations at Brighton & Hove City Council (BHCC).

How to Ignite a Yammer Network? Try a YamJam!

He is currently responsible for the traffic control center, traffic signals design, real time passenger information systems, among other things. Austen has been instrumental in growing the BHCC Yammer network. I work in a UK local government transport department and have no background in IT or Communications. I don’t even have a social media account with Facebook, Twitter or any other social network, except Yammer, which I joined four months ago.

I wanted to try a “YamJam” to discuss an important business priority with a broad range of colleagues and to help promote better use of the network. To prepare for our “YamJam”, I read-up on as many tips as I could find from others’ experience with this sort of event (special thanks to Ed Krebs!). I posted eight suggestion questions in separate posts and invited people to “vote” by using the like button, or to add their own. Encouraging a Conference Backchannel on Twitter. [This is a guest post by Derek Bruff, assistant director at the Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching and senior lecturer in mathematics at Vanderbilt.

Encouraging a Conference Backchannel on Twitter

You can follow Derek on Twitter (@derekbruff) and on his blog, where he writes about educational technology, student motivation, and visual thinking, among other topics. -- @jbj] You may have noticed that big conferences tend to attract a lot of conversation on Twitter these days. Team ProfHacker and friends shared their perspectives on the use of Twitter (and other, related topics) at the MLA conference last month in a massive group post, for instance. There were over 800 people who “tweeted” using the hashtag for that conferences, #MLA11, contributing among them more than 7,600 tweets.

That’s a lot of conversation. I had two chances last fall to try my hand at organizing a conference backchannel via Twitter. Based on those experiences, here’s my guide to encouraging a conference backchannel on Twitter. In Jason B. Tweetdoc: Document your twitter event. Using Twitter in a face-to-face Workshop. I’ve just been reading yet another article that expresses the view that Twitter is a trivial, inconsequential tool and has no place in learning, so I thought I’d write this posting on my experiences of using Twitter in a face-to-face Workshop.

Using Twitter in a face-to-face Workshop

On Friday 30 April, as a Day 3 stream at the Informatology Conference in London I ran a one-day Masterclass on Social Media in Learning. The purpose of the event was to look at how social media can be used to supportlearning and performance within an organisational context. However, as I was planning this event there were a number of key ways that I wanted to “deliver” it: I therefore decided to make use of Twitter throughout the whole event, as it is a very easy-to-use tool – and at the same time very powerful tool. Registration instructions for the event asked participants to set up a Twitter account in advance of the session (if they hadn’t already got one); the reason for this was I didnt want to spend valuable time doing this at the event. Tutorial on Using Twitter Hashtags with Conferences.