Conference Season Is Here. Don’t Stink at Twitter.

After completing his set this September at the Funniest Celebrity Contest in Washington, D.C., comedian Dan Nainan checked his Twitter feed and saw that Josh Rogin, a reporter for The Daily Beast, had panned his act. So Nainan tracked Rogin down in the audience—and attacked him.

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“There was a punch, a retreat, and another punch, and then Nainan got arrested,” recalls Nikki Schwab, who reported on the incident for the U.S. News & World Report.

Mercifully, you probably won’t be dodging any Twitter-related fisticuffs at your next conference. Plenty of speakers and panel moderators now encourage audience members to cover their events live on social media, both to expand the conversation beyond the venue and to increase the conference’s visibility. Twitter and Facebook can be great tools to navigate the room—and, for those who can’t attend the conference, a means to eavesdrop on the proceedings remotely.

Read more on the Chronicle of Higher Ed‘s Vitae site.

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