My first storify and the importance of conference hashtags

The Chair of the Association for Education and Ageing was live tweeting from an EU conference about lifelong learning and ageing. This topic is of interest to me as my PhD is about learning across the lifecourse. The AEA chair, Jonathan Hughes ( @JonEmHughes ) was tweeting away, summarising interesting points about ageing and education from a European perspective.

However, it sees that Jonathan doesn’t have a massive following, the conference did not have a hashtag and the project does not have a Twitter handle. Therefore, unfortunately, his Tweets are likely to never be read, Jonathan may not get new followers and people may not get to hear about the Association he chairs.

So I decided to create a Storify of Jonathan’s Tweets because he was providing very good commentary and it would be a shame if no one were to ever read them. I can’t embed the Storify as I think you need a plugin and I am just learning, so here is the link instead:

ForAge annual conference. ‘Forage for later-life learning: Building on European experience’.

To curate the storify of the learning and ageing conference today very easy as only one person who I could find was Tweeting about it. There may have been many others but it would be impossible for me or anyone to find. That’s why it would have been helpful if there was a conference hashtag. Conference organisers, make sure you have a hashtag!

Although there are many ways to disseminate research and I am sure that papers from this conference will be published widely as the conference seems to have come out of a large EU bid, I think Twitter is a way for people to get to know about your project and activities at the time they are happening rather than just afterwards. It is also a way for people who are not directly involved in your project to hear about it and ask questions about it.

One day Twitter will probably be replaced by something else but for the moment, I feel like it is has become a standard and even expected way to promote and share information about your conference before it happens, during and after, through archive/curation tools like Storify.

1 comment
  1. Thanks for doing this. I was the only person Tweeting during the conference. It’s perhaps also worth saying that i was not helped by the fact that the signal at the venue was weak and repeatedly dropped out. I had mentioned Twitter to other delegates but they seemed to prefer Facebook.

    At one level (the personal level) i’m not too worried by the lack of a following – I think i currently have about 50. On the other hand, I would like to see AEA strengthened by new members.

    I agree that active tweeting during a conference can add to interactivity and engagement and will try and do this whenver the situation arises.

    So, on Friday this week, I am attending a joint Open University/Centre for Policy Ageing seminar in London and will Tweet from there.


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