Post 7-Microblogging and the IGC

Dear Readers,

The more perceptive of you will have noticed that this is the third or fourth time I have posted on the IGC in the last few weeks….I am a bit of a perfectionist and as the posts of others changed so did mine. Hopefully this will be the last post on Micro blogging that I must subject you to. Isnt there a famous quote that says “times change and we change with the times”?

Anyway, you will recall that I have previously posted on the subject of micro-blogging in general. I highlighted some of the tools that enabled micro blogging and argued the use of micro-blogging to boost productivity and employee output. This week I want to focus on how micro blogging could be used to solve some of the issues of the IGC and those issues that they face at their conference.

Firstly though, a bit of background. The IGC is the International Geological Congress, the world leader in the presentation of results and research from all forms of Geo-science, the end result of which is mainly a networking opportunity for Geo-scientists all around the world. The IGC came to being in 1876 and as of 2004, comprises a body spanning 122 countries. The 34th IGC is to be held in Australia (in Brisbane in fact) in August 2012.

While other like-minded Web 2.o bloggers out there would have focused on the challenges surround the IGC up to the event itself, I choose to focus on a challenge that will hopefully not raise its ugly head during the conference (or at least, I hope it wont): The idea of getting updates to the conference delegates in case of emergency or change of plans.

The IGC could use a service such as twitter (or Yammer which is more an internal platform for micro-blogging) with which someone (or a team of people who are paid to do it) post regular updates on any vital information thy delegates needed to know. They could also then post links to more detailed information for perusal at a latter date.

We have already seen effective use of this by organisations such as the Queensland Police Service who regularly update users of Twitter and Facebook services with the latest vital information they need to know and with a 140 character word limit, the IGC could only post the most vital information in a way that was succinct and easy for delegates to get the full story from, quickly.

The IGC could also post relevant links and information on the subject of, for example, fire safety or traffic accidents.

In the event of an emergency, this information could then be easily passed onto the authorities without the need for unnecessary phone calls and delays.

By having a go at microblogging, the IGC would gain an even stronger reputation for being a world leader in the field and would be able to host an even bigger and better event that ensured the delegates were kept safe, informed and above all, gained the most out of the conference.

Well, that’s a wrap 🙂

Some useful links:

Information on The IGC http://34igc.org/

R Kayne, 2011-What is Microblogging? http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-microblogging.htm


4 Responses to “Post 7-Microblogging and the IGC”

  1. 11/10/2011 at 1:59 pm

    Great Post! I really like the idea of assigning a group of people to the position of updating twitter/facebook/yammer! And the example of the Queensland Police who use the same sort of system! Having limited people able to make changes can lower the legal risk of social media making it much safer legal wise for the IGC to extend into the world of Web2.0 tools.

  2. 17/10/2011 at 10:47 pm

    Good theme mate…
    You have a great idea about assign people in to Facebook/Twitter and Yammer.
    Good post mate…

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