May 18, 2022

New Tools: Tweet While You Speak with Purdue University’s Backdraft iPad App

From a Purdue U. Announcement:

Modern public speakers and college lecturers are sometimes bedeviled by comments and chatter posted on Twitter while they are speaking. Now speakers can engage in the conversation even while they are standing at the podium with a new, free iPad app called Backdraft.

The app, which was developed by Purdue University for its instructors, allows speakers to write Twitter messages, or tweets, and release them at appropriate moments during a talk. The messages may contain links, photos or video clips to provide additional information about the subject.

“There has always been a backchannel during speeches and lectures, either through whispered comments or passing notes, and Twitter opens up this backchannel to the world,” Bowen says. “Using Backdraft allows the speaker to not only control the room, but also to have some control over the backchannel conversation at the same time.”

To use the app, speakers write their tweets before their presentation and then release them during the talk by double tapping on the Tweet. Because Twitter messages can contain links, photos or video, speakers have the ability to deliver information and media directly to their audience. Users can also save messages they’ve used for previous presentations within the app by using hashtags.

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