Every new conference involving journalists is debatably the most tweeted conference ever.
Journalists are relying on Twitter more than ever, and the practice of live tweeting has become common.
So it shouldn't be a surprise to anyone that the Online News Association 2012 Conference in San Francisco this past weekend generated a ridiculous 34,505 #ona12 tweets, Twitter tells me.
And that's just the number of tweets labeled with the official hashtag. Others used #ona2012 at times, just #ona, or #onaconf. Each panel had its own hashtag so sometimes those were used without #ona12.
Occasionally - it's easy to do now and then - we forget to include hashtags at all. There were also some who spent most of their time focused on live notes in Google Docs, like Anthony De Rosa of Reuters.
Still, that's an impressive number of tweets. There were more than 1,400 people in attendance, per ONA, so that's roughly 25 #ona12 tweets per person.
All of these tweets will disappear soon, as Twitter search only holds tweets for a certain number of days. So I used TwimeMachine.com to grab all the #ONA12 tweets for the past seven days for some of the most active tweeters using the hashtag.
I collected #ona12 tweets from the following 30 Twitter users (recommended or found by searching through common users of the hashtag): @antderosa, @bydanielvictor @chrisboutet, @ckanal, @craigsilverman, @davidclinchnews, @deanpraetorius, @digidave, @digiphile, @ethanklapper, @ericcarvin, @eyeseast, @jeff_stern, @jenmacmillan, @jimbradysp, @greglinch, @katborgerding, @kategardiner, @katierogers, @kjmcginty, @lheron, @lindzcook, @marissaaevans, @mjenkins, @niketa, @nslayton, @nyt_jenpreston, @robquig, @stevebuttry, @webjournalist.
Collectively, these users generated 2,373 #ona12 tweets, or about 7% of the total #ONA12 tweets.
Ignoring user names, terms like RT, and panel hashtags, here is a word cloud of these users' #ona12 tweets from the past week (and only their #ona12 tweets). Yes, karaoke made the list.
Also worth noting, the most common user names tweeted by these 30 users: not surprisingly, Twitter CEO @dickc, who was interviewed on stage by @emilybell, tops the list. Number two is @joseiswriting who gave an emotional keynote address. Number three is @lheron of the Wall Street Journal who was active all conference, both in tweeting and participating in a panel.
Here are the eight most retweeted tweets of the entire conference, per Twitter.
Here are some other tweets that were popular, with at least a handful of retweets each:
On Breaking News
— anneke elyse jong (@annekejong) September 22, 2012
On Twitter Journalism
Journalism on Twitter -a multi-faceted, fragmented & fluid news experience where journalism is a process with no end state #ONA12
— Alfred Hermida (@Hermida) September 21, 2012
— Amy Bartner (@AmyBartner) September 21, 2012
On Twitter The Company
— Anthony De Rosa (@AntDeRosa) September 21, 2012
On Visual Storytelling
— Bob Finn (@bobfinn) September 22, 2012
On Twitter's Future
— Ethan Klapper (@ethanklapper) September 21, 2012
On Facebook Corrections
— Brian Ries Verified! (@moneyries) September 22, 2012
— lou_dubois (@lou_dubois) September 21, 2012
— Kim Fox (@kimfox) September 22, 2012
Entrepreneurial journalism panel: Ads alone are not going to cut it. You have to get creative with business models. #ONA12
— Robert Quigley (@robquig) September 21, 2012
Hungry for more? Poynter's Jeff Sonderman curated 12-bite sized takeaways from ONA.