Milwaukee 2013

MMLA Annual Convention, November 7-10, 2013, at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center

Using Twitter at the Convention


Below are some explanatory notes and guidelines for using Twitter at this year's convention.

Also, note that you can tweet for prizes! More information will be posted as it becomes available.


Notes on Twitter:
  • A "backchannel" is a listing of all the notes (or "tweets") published on that contain a keyword specific to a single event. These notes are published by those who attend the event and want to share something with others. This year's MMLA convention will use the keyword (or "hashtag") "#mmla2013."
  • If you visit and type #mmla2013 in the search bar, you will be able to see all the results of tweets using that keyword. You do not need to have a Twitter account to view the 2013 M/MLA convention backchannel.
  • If you don't have a Twitter account, now might be a good time to sign up and become familiar with how Twitter works so that you can be a part of the M/MLA backchannel in Cincinnati. See this video tutorial on using Twitter for the first time.
  • If you have a Twitter account, be sure to use the 2013 M/MLA annual conference hashtag in tweets related to the conference: #mmla2013. See the example below. (Please note that your tweets will only be available on the backchannel if your account is set to "public").

Heading to session 123 in Boardroom 6. Looking forward to hearing about new work on teaching writing to English language learners! #mmla2013

  • See last year's backchannel for some example on how to use the hashtag.
  • Visit or follow @MidwestMLA for periodic announcements from M/MLA support staff at the registration table.
When You Tweet:
  • Use the convention hashtag: #mmla2013
  • If you've never used Twitter at an academic conference, watch this video tutorial (if you already casually use Twitter, start the video at 2:44)
  • At the beginning of each session, presenters who would like to be involved on Twitter should be prepared to write their Twitter screen name (a unique name on Twitter preceded by "@") on one of the placards available in each meeting room.
  • Beyond the information found in the abstract file and program book, please do not tweet information from panel sessions without the prior consent of the presenter. If a presenter announces their Twitter screen name, consider permission granted and tweet away!
  • Check out these helpful tips on using Twitter at academic conferences:

Live-tweeting at academic conferences: 10 rules of thumb

A Guide to Using Twitter @ Academic Conferences

Live-Tweeting and the Academic Conference

  • Ideas for what to tweet

- The time, location, and topic of your panel

- Sessions you are looking forward to

- Interesting points made by presenters

- Questions you have for presenters or fellow panel attendees

- Notes about the value of things learned at the convention

- General questions for other convention attendees or those following the convention hashtag

- Suggestions for other conference attendees or those who are following the conference off-site

- Observations about the convention, hotel, dining, and city. Pictures encouraged (but be sure to get permission from people who will be in the photo).

- Responses to questions posed by others

  • Remember: Backchannels are meant to be positive spaces of collaboration and learning, so be respectful, positive, and have fun!