Featured Posts

Facebook + Journalism 101Facebook + Journalism 101 Academia could be more social. So recently, I setup a Facebook Group for "Social Journalism Educators" to be able to connect and share resources around how they are teaching...

Read more

My Next Chapter: Facebook JournalismMy Next Chapter: Facebook Journalism This was originally posted on my Facebook Page. Also, read CNN's coverage of my new role. ------ I am honored to announce that I will be joining Facebook as Journalist...

Read more

Is Sharing More Valuable for Publishers on Facebook or Twitter? [STATS] Is Sharing More Valuable for Publishers on Facebook... This is an excerpt of analysis I recently wrote on Mashable about how our Twitter users interact with our content vs. those on Facebook. The result: Facebook's click-per-share...

Read more

Facebook & Its Growing Role in Social JournalismFacebook & Its Growing Role in Social Journalism This is an excerpt from a post I recently reported for Mashable.com. Read the full piece here. A Facebook-only news organization? It was only a matter of time. The...

Read more

New to Twitter? Here Are 12 Tips From the CommunityNew to Twitter? Here Are 12 Tips From the Community For someone just starting out on Twitter, the social information network can be intimidating. It has its own language, limitations, and features that are very unique to the...

Read more

Vadim Lavrusik Rss

Using CoveritLive for live chats, tracking twitter feeds and more

Posted on : 06-29-2009 | By : Vadim Lavrusik | In : Online Journalism, Social Media, Tools, Twitter

Tags: , , , , , , ,


I have seen it used many times before, but have never implemented it myself. I know the concept behind CoveritLive, a free and easy to use service that allows you to integrate a live chat onto your site or blog.

It also allows you to do much more, such as aggregating tweets. Greg Linch, an online intern @Dallas_News and new media brainchild for journalism, used it today to aggregate tweets from the Personal Democracy Forum 2009 in his blog. I figured I would give it a try by testing the service my self and aggregating the same feed (sorry if I stole the idea, Greg, but I needed something timely).

What I can say: It is very easy to set up and use and provides some rich content. I won’t go too much into the details, but setting it up literally takes only five minutes to do. You can have multiple live events at once, review comments before they show on the site, send reminders to participants and much more.

A few things of caution: Aggregating feeds on Twitter is almost always sure to result in some collection of spam, especially with trending topics. The service is also best used for Live events. But after the event is done, users can still go to your site and see the review of the content.

Poynter.org does a good job using CoveritLive for their topic discussions from experts and uses reminders of upcoming events to get people aware of when such discussions are to take place. People can participate on the site or via Twitter. Other news sites often use it to have chats with their sports personalities or editors, as well as experts on subjects that are relevant to readers.

The result of my first test is below: Tweets that use #pdf09 aggregated.

Comments (9)

[…] Lavrusik’s Using CoverItLive for live chats, tracking Twitter feeds and more and 4 ways news organizations are using Twitter […]

Rob Bishop (R), who met privately with Abbey on Wednesday in Washington, DC, said he came away “extremely frustrated” with the BLM chief’s responses to …

But what happens when personal assets or expenses are “hidden” and categorized as a seemingly legitimate operating business asset or expense? “Hidden” income, as well as unreported income, can be particularly difficult to ascertain in a closely-held …

Just two years ago, President-elect Barack Obama staged the final leg of his pre-inaugural journey by boarding a train in Baltimore for a very public rally at the Amtrak station, followed by a leisurely rail journey to Washington, …

Now this one is everything that I’ve been hunting for to guide the the end of my personal research. BC Search Engine Optimization

Speaking at a moving service held in a packed Grace Bible Church in Pimville on Wednesday, Constable Busisiwe Mehlwana’s aunt, Sibongile Zulu

this 1 is every little thing that I’ve been hunting
for to guide the the finish of my private analysis.

The Daily] New York Times economics columnist David Leonhardt is close to
being named the paper’s next Washington bureau chief. New executive
editor Jill …

[…] Vadim Lavrusik’s Using CoverItLive for live chats, tracking Twitter feeds and more […]

Write a comment