If there’s one thing I’ve learned about mobile livetweeting, it’s get hooked up with the event location’s wifi. You don’t want a surprise in your connectivity when the big metal doors close and things are getting real.
In preparation to livetweet from the Convention Centre recently, I made the astonishing discovery that it’s not that well-equipped to handle modern-day conferences. Spoiled by the glorious, copious and relatively turbo free wifi blanketing the Austin Convention Centre, I thought free internet was the norm, but ours doesn’t really* have it (yet?).
With backchannel tweets (conferences) and livetweet reporting (conventions; events), ample wifi is becoming necessary at Convention Centres. So what’s up with ours?
- Wireless internet = $105 (daily) + tax for “medium speed” wifi
- High speed available for $5/hr or $15/day
The new system:
- First 45 mins free; then system logs you out
- Not high speed. “Medium speed”. High speed still available for above price.
They’ve been working on this for a while, but apparently the building itself is constructed of kryptonite & there’s some issues getting it to work. I did log on to the free service for a few moments, but the glacial delivery of the one tweet I managed to squeeze out terrified me and I switched back to 3G, not wanting to take any chances during the event.
The person I spoke to didn’t know when free wifi would be rolled out, *but we agreed on “soon”. As for my Metro tweet, pictured above, I was told there’s “not much demand for individual wifi” at our Convention Centre—so all you livetweeters & backchannellers, make your needs known. Businesses only supply what’s in demand.