Live tweeting the planning reform workshop

Wayne Williamson*, Kristian James Ruming

*Corresponding author for this work

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Planning conferences and workshops create opportunities for distributing ideas and learning for planning practitioners, stakeholders and the community. Social media can contribute to communications at these events. This article employs content analysis to examine how Twitter can be used by planners and other stakeholders at workshops as a digital backchannel that runs parallel to the proceedings being conducted in the shared physical space. Our Analysis reveals Twitter can provide alternative questions and answers and raise topics or issues not discussed in the formal consultation space. Additionally, Twitter users also switch between roles of commenting directly on workshop proceedings to describing or commenting on other aspects the workshop such as presenters and audience behaviour to provide an extended commentary of proceedings. Accordingly, Twitter extends participation and information distribution beyond the physical space by allowing those unable to attend, or who may not be invited, to potentially contribute to the discussion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalAustralian Planner
Issue number1
Early online date5 Jul 2018
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • content analysis
  • digital backchannel
  • planning workshops
  • twitter


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