Posted by Jeremy Shulkin
As you’ve probably already seen in the post below, we tried something new tonight with our live blog of city council. Rather than keeping it on the WordPress page where it would only be “live” in the one instant I pressed the update button–which, to be honest, was probably about three or four times over the course of a two and half hour meeting–we decided to use something called Cover It Live.
Cover It Live allows me to post what I write when I write it, rather than needing to hit “update” or refresh the page. It also allows live blog readers to post their own comments in with the live blog, rather than in a different thread below it. It’s all very conversational, and pretty much works like a big chatroom where everyone’s invited.
It will take some getting used to, especially on my part, as it can be distracting making sure everyone’s comments makes it there promptly (sorry if that didn’t happen to any of you) and reading peoples’ comments all while keeping up with the council, but I’ll get used to it with some practice.
An unofficial poll taken during the live blog showed that 100% of readers liked the new format, but I have no idea how many people voted. So let’s use this comment thread as an opportunity to say if this new format should stay or go. Also, let us know if you had trouble viewing it, and maybe a tech-savvy reader can navigate you to what I consider the pinnacle of the live blogging experience.
UPDATE: A couple weeks ago when we linked to the Boston Globe’s use of this format in a live blog with Gov. Patrick I wrote how excited it would be to use it. Thanks to Brittany Durgin, our new media specialist, dreams really can come true.