Poll Question of the Day – Tweeting Academic Conference Slides

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Although this poll is now closed, you can still weigh in!  Leave a comment below and tell me why you think live tweeting a photo of a speaker’s slide is OK (or not).  

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What’s your take on this controversial topic?  Share your perspective in the comments below.


  1. Joel Topf May 14, 2015 Reply

    Speaking at a conference is speaking publicly, when they accept the speaking engagement they lose the right to control who hears them, the information is out there.

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      Marjorie Stiegler September 11, 2015 Reply

      Hi Joel, I’m sorry I didn’t see your comment until now. I agree that a speaker doesn’t have a right to control who hears them, or what media and individuals might report about the presentation. But what about snapping a photo of someone’s slide, and tweeting it out without naming the speaker or otherwise identifying the source? This is common, and welcomed by some, but also perceived by others as a form of plagiarism. Interesting to see how it will evolve, especially since tweets can now be cited in academic forums. Who/what is the “primary source”?

  2. David Grayson May 17, 2015 Reply

    All teach all learn.

  3. John D. Hermann May 19, 2015 Reply

    In the days before “rabid” multimedia, it was an honor to have your lecture or work cited in another publication or used by another colleague. Giving the author credit, is an essential part of sharing the information. Stealing others work or representing work as your own should become highly discouraged and referencing work should become an established norm for tweets or any other lightening fast means of communicating. Just because you can look it up doesn’t give you the right to take credit for the hard work of others.

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      Marjorie Stiegler September 11, 2015 Reply

      Hi John, please forgive my late reply! Yes, very good point. It is an honor to have your work disseminated and shared, and giving credit is the essential part that differentiates “sharing” from plagiarism. If everyone at a podium also had a twitter handle, it would be much easier! I do think that much of the sharing is not intended to withhold credit, but perhaps comes as an afterthought if there is no easy way to identify the speaker in a few characters. By the way, here is a citation generator for using tweets in an academic paper: http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/09/referencing-a-tweet-in-an-academic-paper-heres-an-automatic-citation-generator/280005/

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