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A Tweet Takes Me To Catalonia

Posted by Brian Kelly on 2 Aug 2010

At the end of the month I’m going on holiday to Spain which I’ll be combining with some work.  I’ll be giving a talk on “What can We Learn From Amplified Events?” at the University of Girona. The trip is a consequence of a tweet I posted in December:

Can someone tell me what language is in. And also is there a tool for guessing the language of a page.

I noticed the page from a referrer link to my blog and was intrigued by the following:

Un article clau, que no deixa indiferent, és el de Brian Kelly al seu blog UK Web Focus: “I Want To Use Twitter For My Conference” on exposa bones pràctiques en l’ús de twitter per organitzar un congrès o conferència. Les entrades de Kelly són molt rellevants i es tracta d’un blog que trobo de seguiment obligat, igual que Mashable, Community Roundtable o Social Media Today. Kelly té una entrada rellevant que hauria de seguir:I Want To Use Twitter For My Conference

Per entendre la relació apassionant entre twitter i blogging, Brian Kelly ha resumit idees clares en la seva entrada A Twitter Feed For This Blog i sobretot a Can Your Blog Survive Without Twitter? Jo encara estic en fase experiental en la meva arquitectura digital social. M’ha ajudat molt. (Per cert, en aquesta darrera entrada hi surt el meu retweet de l’article de Brian Kelly. Gràcies!)

I quickly discovered that the post was in Catalan and, via the suggestion that I use Google Translate, I was able to understand the meaning of the post:

A key item, not indifferent, Brian Kelly is UK Web Focus on their blog: I Want To Use Twitter For My Conference” which sets out good practice in using Twitter to organize a congress or conference. The entries are very relevant and Kelly is a blog that I follow up required, just like Mashable, Community Roundtable and Social Media Today. Kelly has a relevant entry to be followed: “I Want To Use Twitter For My Conference


To understand the fascinating relationship between twitter and blogging, Brian Kelly has clear ideas outlined in your post to A Twitter Feed For This Blog and especially Can Your Blog Survive Without Twitter? I’m still in my phase experiental digital social architecture. Helped me a lot.(Incidentally, this last entry, there goes my retweet article by Brian Kelly. Thanks!)

The blog post was written by Miquel Duran – and he was one of the people who responded to my tweet.  Via Google Translate I found that Miquel’s post began “If I must be frank, I was somewhat surprised the evolution of Twitter as a tool for communication and social networking. Indeed, as Facebook has changed to have features of twitter. From my professional point of view, twitter can do three things now: to present an idea, concept or something (a conference, an event calendar … in short) (unidirectional), retrasmetre an event in which different people use same hashtag (semibidireccional), generating conversation (usually public, but can also be closed) (bidirectional).

I subsequently discovered that Miquel is a Chemistry professor at the University of Girona and on his English language blog I recently read his post on Can a scientific meeting be amplified? (9gisem – v) and learnt about The IX Girona Seminar, an amplified conference for which:

First of all, we encourage all attendants and people outside the physical meeting to tweet and use hashtag#9gisem. Remember that the IQC will tweet through its nicks @iqcudg and @iqcgi, while the C4D will tweet by means of @c4dudg.

Presentations will be recorded by the UdG Library, and deposited in the UdG open-access digital library. All lectures must sign a written agreement. Indeed, if they prefer not to be recorded, it is perfectly fine.

Abstracts and powerpoint-like presentations will be gathered in social networking services like

We have, it seems, shared interest in amplified events so I’m pleased to be able to give a seminar on this topic, which I describe in more detail in a video summary about the talk. And I’m also looking forward to visiting Catalonia and will have a few days in Barcelona before travelling to Girona.   It will be a particularly good time to visit the region since, as I have learnt, FC Barcelona won the Word Cup :-)

Without the tweet and without the referrer link to my blog we wouldn’t have made the connection.  So if anyone asks me if Twitter has any relevance for researchers I can provide evidence that it does.

Finally should add that I’ve created a brief video which introduced the seminar. The video is available on YouTube and embedded below – and, as an experiment, I’ve used Google Translate to translate the captions to Catalan. Does machine translation have a role to play in translating such short snippets, I wonder?

8 Responses to “A Tweet Takes Me To Catalonia”

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