How We Live Blogged the 9.9.09 Apple Media Event

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I have always been curious about what kind of tools people have used to liveblog events (especially those involving Apple). As many of you readers know, Apple recently held a media event on 9.9.09. I jumped on the opportunity to attend and represent TheAppleBlog. Naturally, one of my responsibilities was to liveblog everything.

Here’s the plan that was put together:

Hardware

Software

  • CoverItLive
  • Text messaging
  • Email
  • Flickr
  • Adium
  • Eye-Fi Manager


Josh Pigford, TheAppleBlog’s editor, manned the computer to keep up a constant stream of updates on Twitter and  CoverItLive, an awesome liveblogging tool. Before I had access to a Wi-Fi network, I used my iPhone to send Josh text messages and email photos. I was warned by several other attendees that Wi-Fi never holds up during events. The proof? Everyone there appeared to have a 3G card for their laptops. I was extremely concerned, but at least I had my iPhone as a backup.

Once the press were allowed to check in and move closer to the building, I whipped out my Macbook Pro and jumped on the Wi-Fi network. I had to configure the Eye-Fi card so my Canon G10 would automatically upload photos as I took them. Configuring the card was quick and easy (thanks Eye-Fi!). The photos would be uploaded to Eye-Fi and then immediately sent to my Flickr account for Josh to grab.

Eventually we were allowed to enter and take our seats.  The end result was a comical combination of high and low tech. While photos were uploading (over the surprisingly reliable Wi-Fi network) I typed out virtually everything said on stage to Josh over AOL Instant Messenger (Adium). It was his responsibility to interpret and publish my never-ending stream of consciousness writing style into something you could read through via CoverItLive. I was surprised to see how much he let through (including my comments about Phil Schiller dancing in his seat).

I hope you all enjoyed the coverage, and if you have any suggestions on how to improve for next time please leave a comment.

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Josh Pigford

“Josh Pigford, TheAppleBlog’s editor, manned the computer to keep up a constant stream of updates on Twitter…”

Adam Jackson

How awesome. I’ve done over 20 liveblogs for Apple events and my setup is so scary in similarities.

1. MacBook Air (previously a pro)
2. Canon G10 + 4GB Eye-Fi Explore w/ Geotagging
3. Verizon Mi-Fi (two guys can share an EVDO connection via WiFi)
4. iPhone.

iPhone does video & quick shots emailed into someone at the office. Eye-Fi doing remote uploads instantly and is connected to the Mi-Fi modem. MBP w/ iChat & WordPress doing updates to someone back home and the blog.

I’ve tried CoverItLive but I don’t do ti enough to really get into using that software.

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