Paratweet is the live event Twitter management tool. It allows you to moderate tweets that would appear on the screen when a panel or other presentation is going on. Many times you see some very unfortunate things fly across the screen that prove to be embarrassing or troll-ish.
I have worked with moderated software for other chat based events before, so the idea excited me when seeing it for Twitter. You basically purchase a plan (yes this is not a free service) and create your event. By utilizing any hastag you want, you can instruct the audience or general public to use it to sends tweets. From there the moderator panel captures those tweets and allows you to push them to the viewing screen.
As you can see, the ability to control what hashtag and what gets published is quite simple. As well as the ability to quickly remove or approve tweets as they come in.
The Live Viewer is an Adobe Air based application that then gets the live feed for the event. The display is controlled by a secret code you established in the event panel. Giving you security in who sees and controls the event itself.
So the next question is how much? They have a pricing grid that shows when you sign up as follows:
- Good – six months – one event at a time + some features for $299
- Great – six months – three events at a time +more features for $599
- Greatest – under development
- Introductory – one year – matches Great plan – for $999 (saving $200)
So while it is hefty, you have to see how many events you will have as well as can you reuse it in 6 months. You could try other services that just scroll live streams based on tags, like Tweetgrid, but you stand the chance of having non-moderated content coming through. The other benefit is the ability to just weed out questions from the stream and pass those along.
I wish they had a sample site or demo you could try, but it looked quite promising.