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Twitter Walls for Meetings & Events

Author: Jamie Kerr

Most of us have experienced a time when we are attending a conference or convention, and notice people around us are turning Twitter into a crazy cloud of conversation revolving around the event. Instead of giving speakers undivided attention, people tune into Twitter and talk to each other about what is happening. A speaker can finish his/her presentation, sit down, and read about what the audience thought afterwards on Twitter. The speaker sees questions, comments that need addressing, but didn’t know about these questions until after he/she had finished and tuned back into Twitter.

Why not bring this conversation live? Twitter walls allow you to project a conversation synced through a hashtag live on a wall or screen at your event. The audience can live-tweet questions to a speaker and get their questions answered during Q&A sessions. This also allows those without a smart phone to tap into the conversation and see what is being said, even though they can’t participate unless they have a laptop handy.

There are dozens of tools out there that allow you to aggregate a Twitter conversation and present it in an aesthetically pleasing way. There are tools that present the conversation in a stream, and those that only display one tweet at a time. Here are a few of our favorites.

1. Twitterwall.me

Twitter Wall allows you to enter one hash tag and a background image. It presents the conversation stream in a simple, clean way that updates in real-time. Twitter Wall is not the most customizable, but it is quick and easy.

2. Wiffiti

Wiffiti displays multiple tweets at once in a scrapbook format. Tweets are switched out often. You can customize the background and enter up to five tags. While Wiffiti is not as easy to follow as Twitterfall, it does present tweets in an interesting way that draws viewers in.

3. Another Tweet on the Wall

This tool is even simpler yet. Enter inone hashtag and watch the tweets appear on the screen one at a time. Another Tweet on the Wall uses the avatar as a backdrop for the tweet, with a slight adjustment to the color to make it more readable. This style of Twitter wall is not recommended if you want to project a track-able conversation to encourage engagement, but it is great eye candy if you want to display top tweets.

4. Visible Tweets

This tool is similar to Another Tweet on the Wall, except the background images fades between different solid colors. It is super simple and nice to look at, but offers little customization.

Want more? Here are a few more Twitter Wall tools to use for your events and conferences:

Tools That Display Tweets in a Stream

Tools that Display One Tweet at a Time

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  • Raymond

    August 21, 2011 1:00 pm

    Would like to add my tool tweet exposure.com. It shows the tweets one tweet at a time. A unique feature is that it shows all pictures that are tweeted. And it looks cool :-)
    It can be customised for a conference, but that has to be done manually be me.

  • Lynn Le

    August 22, 2011 5:02 pm

    This is a great tool, Raymond! Thanks for sharing!
    Lynn
    Sparkloft Media

  • Katy Walterscheidt

    August 23, 2011 8:14 pm

    Because of your recommendation, HFTP used the Wiffiti one for one of our Twitter walls at HITEC and it was very popular! Everyone loved how the tweets would pop out – very eye catching.

  • Lynn Le

    August 24, 2011 10:33 pm

    That’s great Katy; glad our suggestions helped. Wiffiti is a pretty cool application, happy it worked out for your conference!

    Lynn
    Sparkloft Media

  • Phil Caines

    March 27, 2012 11:57 pm

    This is a great post! I tried to find these types of sites through Google, and it was impossible! Going to make my next event buzz with social media!

    Thanks!
    Phil

  • Anne Hornyak

    March 30, 2012 1:42 pm

    Thanks, Phil! Please let us know who your next event goes!
    Anne

  • Socialping Tweet Wall

    September 12, 2012 9:48 pm

    Ah, too bad we weren’t featured in this great article! We’ve been part of the Tweetwall industry since the very beginning (as a Tool That Displays Tweets in a Stream).

    We’ve done Tweetwalls for big names like PayPal, CNN and The Webby Awards! Clicking my name should lead to Socialpings Tweetwall page :)

    All the best,

    Billy

  • Anne Hornyak

    September 27, 2012 5:12 pm

    Thanks, Billy!

  • Marcie G.

    October 11, 2012 7:18 pm

    Another way to display a live Twitter stream during meetings and events is through Postano. Postano is a social media aggregator that has the ability to bring in multiple social media feeds, including Tweets and Twitter hashtags. Postano creates a visually engaging and interactive real-time social media feed that keeps the energy going and encourages audience engagement. http://www.postano.com/blog/social-media-displays-for-events

  • Razvan Roman

    November 7, 2012 12:10 pm

    Hi there,

    Great list so far! We were wondering if you’d consider including ThinkWall as a bespoke solution for events in your list. It’s fully customisable, features picture integration and a moderation queue among other features.

    Thank you!

  • Jaap

    February 1, 2013 2:05 pm

    For people that want complete control of their twitter walls we’ve created Twitter Fontana (http://twitterfontana.com).

    It allows for heavy customization in the browser and it’s open source! Meaning that real tinkerers can do anything they want with it.

    There’s even a WordPress plugin that can embed a Twitter Stream in your website’s sidebar using Twitter Fontana!

  • Alexis

    February 15, 2013 10:37 am

    Thanks for this review of tools.

    We think the main feature for a Twitter Wall is the ability to moderate displayed tweets. We think automatic Twitter Walls are not suitable for every context, especially for big companies with internal guidelines.

    That’s the main added value we are working on at LiveTweetApp (http://www.livetweetapp.com) where you can easily go through each aggregated tweet and select the ones you want to approve or reject. The approved tweets get directly displayed on your Twitter Wall.

    Let me think what you think of this approach.

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