Davos 2013: how to follow the World Economic Forum annual meeting on social media
14 January 2013 |
Author's Edit - January 9, 2014: Updated article to remove dead links and resources that are no longer available.
It is that time of the year again, and over 2000 executives, heads of state, NGOs, thought-leaders, social entrepreneurs and technology pioneers are getting ready to meet in Davos. If you are not one of the happy few- or have not married one!- you can still follow the event from the comfort of your home or office. I thought I’d put together a guide for you – which I will update regularly as more information is released.
Here are some of the tools and sources of information I suggest:
During the Annual Meeting all official plenary sessions are available on webcast here .
Last year, pictures from participants taken with their mobiles phones could be viewed here on Sharypic, let’s hope this will be available this year again. If not, you can always check the official account of the Forum on Flickr ( here). A selection of the best pictures taken at the Annual Meeting will be made available free of charge under the creative commons licence. I will load pictures on Competia's photostream here. Photos from the Annual Meeting are also available from the official photographers, Swiss-Image.
This year, there will be an additional two livestream channels featuring unique content from Davos. Feel free to embed any of the livestream video feeds using these instructions. ( source: the World Economic Forum)
You can follow discussions from attendees on most social media platforms:
Twitter: Lots is going on Twitter during Davos. The Forum has created two Twitter lists for the participants who tweet ( about 30% of attendees have a twitter account): access those lists here and here. In addition this year, it has listed the companies and organisations attending the event. There is also a special media list with the accounts of the key journalists present. You can follow the The World Economic Forum on Twitter @Davos as well as the live tweet account @WEF where key quotes get tweeted from official plenary sessions. Your magic word on twitter is #WEF , the hashtag used by all participants at the event. Occasionally, they will use #davos too. I will follow and share what strikes my interest on Competia's twitter account too.
Friendfeed: Frankly, this is not the best place to follow discussions, Twitter is a lot more vibrant. But in case this is your space, look here.
I like the featured bloggers in Netvibes, a nice way to follow the most prominent bloggers and their point of view.
Reports by the World Economic Forum are available for downloads ( #pdftribute !) in Scribd here. The organization offers also a dashboard, with Facebook, Youtube and Twitter on one page, which I find handy: click here
Finally, major media have created specific pages to address the news stemming from Davos: click here for Reuters, CNN, The Guardian 's 'Davos spaces". KPMG has created The World Economic Forum Live which launched on Monday, January 21st with live infographics and key discussions from the delegates.
As for the past years, you can ask your question on the Forum’s blog. Right now, you can ask a question to Russia's top political leaders here.
Participants should download the official app. Fans also can follow the program using their own app here.
Did I miss anything ? Are you blogging about the event ? use the comments to add and refine this short article.