I have mentioned before the tremor an event can sometimes cause in your communications fabric, as it pops up among your Facebook friends, in your RSS aggregator, and so on. So with Open Repositories 2008. A note about amplifying activities from a description of the event ...

One interesting innovation was using Crowdvine to create an online community of delgates, which proved very simple and effective. And of course there’s an Eprints repository of all the conference papers and proceedings. [da blog (ulcc digital archives blog) » Blog Archive » Open Repositories 2008 in Southampton]

Update: Sarah Shreeves left a comment which I thought it useful to copy in here:

And, of course, the use of hashtags for tracking tweets about the conference: http://hashtags.org/tag/or08/. This was a really fascinating way to follow reactions / thoughts during the conference.

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Apr 06, 2008
Sarah Shreeves

And, of course, the use of hashtags for tracking tweets about the conference: http://hashtags.org/tag/or08/. This was a really fascinating way to follow reactions / thoughts during the conference.

Apr 07, 2008
Owen Stephens

The Crowdvine application is also being used for the JISC 2008 Conference (jisc08.crowdvine.com), with tagging jiscconference08 for blogs/flickr etc. and hashtag #jisc08 for twitter.

I happened across the Facebook page for the JISC conference this morning when I was alerted via my newsfeed that you were attending...

All of which is great, and I fully support these initiatives. The only worry that I have is that having so many channels dilutes the buzz or creates virtual cliques. At the moment I think it is more important to do something than nothing, and I'd prefer to see too much rather than too little of virtual support for a conference (commonly there is too little), but issues of distribution and dilution will be something to consider at some point I think.