2 Martin Ebner and Wolfgang Reinhardt
give a promising future forecast. Without any doubt it does not matter if itis called e-learning, m-Learning or even u-Learning (ubiquitous learning) the inﬂuence of technology will increase. On the one hand it can be concludedthat researchers did a lot of work to improve the daily education, but on theother hand there are nearly no work about how such technologies can help theresearchers themselves. As Erik Duval announced on the workshop homepagethe main question we have to deal with “
How could we make use of science2.0 opportunities for Technology Enhanced Learning researchers?
” . In this pub-lication the authors will concentrate about how the micro-blogging tool Twittercan be used on scientiﬁc conferences for e-Learning scientists by presenting apractical example. After a short introduction, the real life setting is explainedand statistical data presented.
2 Microblogging, scientiﬁc communities, and Science 2.0
Twitter is the most famous, best known and also the very ﬁrst micro-bloggingplatform. Micro-blogging can be seen as a new form of blogging activity and isdescribed by Templeton  as
a small-scale form of blogging, generally madeup of short, succinct messages, used by both consumers and businesses to sharenews, post status updates and carry on conversations
. Owyang  describes thedi
erence between blogs and micro-blogs as follows:
[...] long form blog postslike this seem so much slower and plodding compared to how quickly information can come and go in Twitter. [...] Information within Microblogging communities[...] encourage rapid word of mouth – of both positive and negative content.
In anutshell, micro-blogging o
ers a platform for the fast exchange of thoughts, ideasand artefacts. It must be pointed out that each message cannot be longer thana maximum of 140 characters and can put on the web easily. These messages,so-called tweets, can be public or private, can be directed to one or more Twitterusers (identiﬁed by the @ sign) and can deal with certain topics (identiﬁed bythe # sign). By using a hashtag in tweets it is easy to aggregate all tweetsdealing with the same topic. People who are following anyone are able to readthese tweets, are able to reply or to contact the author directly. However, thestrength of this new communication and collaboration platform is that sendingand reading messages is not restricted to a web interface, it can be done alsoby numerous desktop applications as well as by mobile phones. Latest statisticaldata pointed out that only “
only 20% of its tra
c comes through the Twitter website; the other 80% (logically) comes from third-party programs on smart phones or computers
” .Communities in Twitter are forming through the usage of a common tag thatis part of the message. The CoPs on Twitter deal with brands (e.g. #apple), ed-ucational courses (e.g. #wekm09), conferences (e.g. #edmedia) or world-shakingevents like mass riots (e.g. #iranelection). By taking a closer look to Twitter itbecomes quite useful for the fast information exchange among a community of practice. Dealing with these ideas, that micro-blogging allows us to share, dis-cuss and collaborate online, Twitter was introduced to di
erent scientiﬁc confer-