I have not made finalized travel plans for this year’s SBL Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL. Since my wife and I relocated a few weeks ago it has been difficult to determine during this transition whether or not the trip is feasible, though I maintain hope of being there. When I was in San Francisco last year I did enjoy mentioning what sessions I was attending on Twitter/Facebook. This isn’t private information. One can find the paper titles online. I don’t think I have tweeted anything specific about a presentation being given, but an article for Inside Higher Ed by Steve Kolowich titled “The Academic Twitterazzi” caused me to pause and think about the “ethics” of doing so.

Kolowich reports:

Some worried that having someone tweet their insights before they publish might increase the likelihood that they will be scooped by a colleague — although others regarded that notion as slightly paranoid.

(Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2012/10/02/scholars-debate-etiquette-live-tweeting-academic-conferences#ixzz2898xKvTZ
Inside Higher Ed)

Personally, I have given one SBL Regional Meeting presentation and I would have been a bit flattered by someone “live tweeting” what I had to say. Of course, as I’ve said, I am a minor leaguer in the field of biblical studies. I imagine those far more accomplished than I who have more at stake regarding the uniqueness of their research may be a tad more conservative on this matter.

Maybe presenters will need to tell their audience prior to presenting their paper whether or not they have reservations about live tweeting or blogging?


Related: Advice on Academic Blogging, Tweeting, Whatever