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VisWeek Preview: Live Coverage

Like last year, I will be live-blogging and tweeting from VisWeek. Here is some information on my plans and links to what others will be doing (that I know of). Feel free to add your links, Twitter handles, etc. in the comments.

I will write short postings (which I call glimpses) on this site. Starting Sunday, there will be a box with the latest glimpses on the front page. There will also be a separate RSS feed for these, so they won't appear in the main site feed. Links for that will be posted once this is up.

These glimpses are meant to be extended tweets, which I find too limiting to describe what I'm thinking during talks. That also gives you a chance to comment, criticize my opinions, point to more information, etc. In addition, I will also use Twitter this time around, so follow me if you want to get all the information. While I don't want to promise too much, I will also try to get some pictures up a bit closer to real-time than usual (i.e., not three months later). No guarantees on that, though.


Charl Botha will not only be liveblogging from this year's VisWeek next week, but also from next year's at the same time – so don't get confused! Charl is also on Twitter.

Carlos Scheidegger has blogged about VisWeek in the past, and I'm sure he will again this year. Like many other young people these days, he can also be found spreading his wisdom on Twitter.

VisWeek also now has a Twitter account, which will be fed by Carlos (and others?). There isn't anything there yet, but expect lots of activity next week (and make sure to complain to Carlos if there isn't; or if there is too much SciVis and no InfoVis).

Twitter Hashtag: #visweek

I suggest we all use #visweek as the hashtag to identify tweets about the conference. It is custom to add the year in conferences, but I don't see what that really adds. Each tweet already has a timestamp, anyway. And saving two digits is quite useful in the tight character budget of a tweet.

One challenge is to separate the different tracks that are happening at the same time, but that's another reason to keep the main tag short. I'm not sure I want to add #infovs, #vis, #vast, etc. to every tweet;but if there's a lot going on and it's not clear from context, it's probably a good idea to do that.

Posted by Robert Kosara on October 6, 2009.