Tracking the pulse of conferences and events

Or: because hashtags suck.

Let me qualify that: hashtags are a pretty good way of following what’s happening at a conference, but sometimes the most interesting tweets don’t get hashtagged. Tweets like:

  • where people are going for dinner
  • what they really think about that presentation

HeyLi.st solves this by building a Twitter list of everyone it knows is attending the event; just follow that list to see everything that the attendees are tweeting, not just the wry quotes they are hashtagging.