THE NIRI annual conference is underway in San Diego, and while there’s no replacement for actually being there, this year you’ll be able to pick up at least some of the goings on via the Web as attendees use Web 2.0 tools to share their experiences.
We picked up the first online mentions of the annual conference a few weeks ago on Twitter, the short-messaging service that allows people to share messages of 140 characters of less via the web or mobile phone.
Zu.com CEO Ryan Lejbak and Business Wire Senior Account Manager Serena Ehrlich, who is also president of the NIRI Los Angeles chapter, are asking all conference attendees who are using Twitter to use the tag #NIRI08 in their messages to make it easier to track the conversation.
|This is a screenshot from the NIRI08 room on FriendFeed|
We’ve also picked up a few blog posts by attendees. For example, Liz Kline, a principal with Eisenberg And Associates in Dallas, posted an interesting item about her first evening in San Diego.
“Manchester Grand Hyatt — please note that the rooms need upgrading and are a little dingy, but the view from my room in the Harbor Tower is pretty sweet,” she writes.
IR Web Report is aggregating much of the online discussion from Twitter, blogs, Flickr, YouTube and other sources in one place using a FriendFeed room. Anyone
attending the conference can join the room to post information or comment on what others post. See http://friendfeed.com/rooms/niri08.
It will be interesting to see just how much of a role social media plays in this year’s conference, which includes a session at 9:00am on Tuesday titled Is Your Company or IR Dept Ready for a Blog? that includes Rob Williams from Dell Inc. and Paul Ziots from Sun Microsystems on the panel.
Update: The NIRI08 room on FriendFeed has proven to be an interesting way to aggregate content from different sources around an event. The format takes a little getting used to, but after a while of following links and viewing photographs, it quickly grows on you. Take a look.