Live-Blogging Mesh Day 1 – What Did You Think Of CoverItLive?

I tend to live-twitter conferences etc. It’s fun, it’s interactive and it keeps a good record of the event for my future reference.

However, Twitter’s reliability recently has been… well… awful. During the introductions to the opening day of Toronto’s Mesh Conference yesterday, I suddenly thought:

“What happens if Twitter goes down (again) today?”

CoveritLiveOn a whim, I decided to give live-blogging tool CoveritLive a try.

From a blogger’s perspective, the tool is fantastic. It took me literally a minute to set up, it let me easily manage the blogging process and it looked good on my site.

Part-way through the day and whaddya know? Twitter went down. At that point I starteded noticing a few regular comments on my site from the same people. On another whim, I decided to ask them if they wanted to participate in the blog. By lunch time, I had Leah Jones (Edelman), Andrew Cherwenka (Trapeze) and Katie Paine (KD Paine & Partners) all blogging away on my site, as smoothly as could be.

(On a related note, while the content was streamed using Cover It Live during the event, it let me download the code locally later. I plan on splitting out the different sessions into separate posts to simplify things when I have a second.)

Here’s my question to you – what did you think of CoveritLive? Was it useful? Did you like the way it looked? Was having people blogging simultaneously from different sessions just too much?

Did CoveritLive work for you?

Dave Fleet
Managing Director and Head of Global Digital Crisis at Edelman. Husband and dad of two. Cycling nut; bookworm; videogamer; Britnadian. Opinions are mine, not my employer's.