Social Networking vs. Conferences 2

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Here's my question posed on Twitter: Will social networking make conferences passe?

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Yesterday I posted what my Facebook friends said. Today, my Twitter friends. Your thoughts?

TeacherTim: @ChristineYJones Social networking is valuable and fun, but it can't shake a hand, give a hug, or shoot the breeze after a general session.

ChristineYJones: @TeacherTim Some say they find their quickest answers to challenges from peers. Will people grow tired of waiting for the next event?

TeacherTim: @ChristineYJones Interesting question. I'm finding that the "experts" at conferences are, in reality, "peers" I network with daily..

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Matt McKee: RT @ChristineYJones Will social networking make conferences passe? // or will it only enhance the experience? Great question #kidmin

Larry Shallenberger: @mattmckee @ChristineYJones will enhance experience as long as conferences grow in interactivity., IMHO.

Christine: RT @LShallenberger: will enhance experience as long as conferences grow in interactivity., IMHO.///Explain interactivity.

Henry Zonio: RT @ChristineYJones Will social networking make conferences passe? // I like what http://theideacamp.com is doing with confs #kidmin

Christine: RT @henryjz: RT @ChristineYJones I like what http://theideacamp.com is doing with confs #kidmin///I love this, Henry!

Amy Dolan: @ChristineYJones yes! social networking will definitely tweak if not change confs-it provides a more personal way to learn.

Larry Shallenberger: @ChristineYJones I think R.E.A.L. learning that leverages social media (texting q's to speaker during session). etc.

Larry: @ChristineYJones look like the stuff you used at Group's Large Group Forum but on a larger scale and w/ tech gadgets for the early adopters.

Weigh in on the conversation. What needs to change about conferences in today's culture? Also, check out people's comments in the previous posting: Social Networking vs. Conferences.

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Christine Yount Jones

Christine has more than 26 years of children’s ministry experience. She is the Executive Editor of Children’s Ministry Magazine, has authored many books and articles on children’s ministry, and serves as Group’s Children’s Ministry Champion. She’s responsible for development and innovation of new resources.

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