Twitter Takes Hold At #ACSDenver
The Twitterati were out in full force at this year’s ACS fall national meeting it seems. So much so that yesterday, ACS Web specialist Chris McCarthy (@CMcC_ACS) tweeted:
I did a little analysis. #ACSDenver was tweeted >3x as much as the hashtags for Anaheim and Boston were and the meeting isn’t even over.
According to McCarthy, the hashtag #ACSDenver was added to tweets from the meeting 1,770 times, whereas #ACSAnaheim and #ACS_Boston were only tweeted about 530 and 490 times, respectively.
When asked what he thinks caused this major uptick, McCarthy says he thinks that a few factors contributed. A lot more tweets about the meeting were posted beforehand, he says. And there was a lot more retweeting. In addition, the ACS Pressroom, exhibitors, and local businesses used the hashtag more this time, he adds.
The top tweeps of #ACSDenver were @ACSpressroom, @jokrausdu, @ACSNatlMtg, @rguha, and @pidgirl.
Speaking of @pidgirl, or Jennifer Maclachlan, as she’s known outside the Twitterverse, she organized a “Tweetup” for attendees at the Denver meeting. Among the topics discussed, we’re told, was nuclear chemistry and chemistry outreach activities. C&EN’s own Assistant Managing Editor Amanda Yarnell joined in the fun and had this to say:
“Members of #ACSDenver’s Twitterverse got to know each other in the flesh on Monday night. A dozen or so gathered at a rooftop sports bar overlooking Coors field, home of the Colorado Rockies. Although it might not have felt that way on the long walk from the convention center, it was worth the trip. Organized by @pidgirl, who works for a small Cape Cod, Mass.-based analytical instrumentation firm called PID Analyzers, the event emphasized how diverse the world of chemistry tweeters really is. The day jobs of those at the table included entrepreneur, science librarian, bench chemist, journal editor, graduate student, association executive, and science writer.”
Did you tweet from the meeting? And if so, why do YOU think this year’s participation on Twitter skyrocketed?