Using Twitter to cover Barack Obama event on campus

What could be better than waking up to the sweet sound of a little bird chirping the news? (see photo below)

Beginning at around 8 a.m. Friday morning, I will use the The Miami Hurricane‘s almighty Twitter account to liveblog a Barack Obama rally at the University of Miami.

The event, “Women’s Rally for the Change We Need” rally, will take place on the main campus in Coral Gables.

To easily find the related tweets, search miamihurricane + obama.

Read The Hurricane story, Obama to campaign on UM campus Friday; will focus on women’s issues.

Watch the UMTV livefeed online.

Doors open at 9:30 a.m. and Obama is scheduled to speak at 11:45 p.m.

Tickets, which were available online, sold out in less than two days of the university announcement on Tuesday, according to a university e-mail newsletter. Because more tickets were allotted than the BankUnited Center (our basketball arena) can hold, there is likely going to be quite the crowd early Friday morning.

I’ll be there to provide updates and photos using TwitPic.


This will be the third large-scale event I’ve used Twitter to liveblog for The Hurricane, the first two being a baseball game last spring and the first home football game this fall when we played Charleston Southern University at Dolphin Stadium.

For the football game tweets, you can search for miamihurricane + football on Twitter. Also, I liveblogged the bus ride to the stadium (search for miamihurricane + bus).

For fun

Check out some random photos I’ve snapped using my photo and uploaded to TwitPic.

ONA 2008: Like Minds session

I’m using Twitter to liveblog this session, which opened with Anthony Moor, managing editor for interactive at the Dallas Morning News. His presentation will be online at and on ONA’s site.

Check out what I’ve been writing: #ONA08 tweets and Moor tweets.

We just started the newspaper breakout part of session, which will be led by Jennifer Carroll, vice president for digital content at Gannett. See the newspaper breakout and Carroll tweets.