By Doug Haddix
Kiplinger Program director
Nearly 3,500 tweets are captured in the spreadsheet posted below from the 2012 annual conference of Investigative Reporters and Editors, held this year in Boston. The spreadsheet was produced using a tool called The Archivist, which captures tweets before they disappear. The free tool may not be a comprehensive sweep of every tweet during the conference, but it appears to have captured most of what I saw in real time.
Based on this pool, the most active tweeter during the conference appeared to be @Coloradoan_TH (Reporter Trevor from Fort Collins) with 70 tweets, followed by @BradMGM (Brad Harper of Montgomery, Ala.) with 67 tweets, and @WatchdogDiva (IRE board member Mc Nelly Torres of the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting) with 65.
Because the conference program listed two possible hashtags, I searched using #IRE12 and #IRE2012. Next year, it would be advisable to pick one hashtag in advance and promote it widely, eliminating the problem of attendees missing an entire stream of tweets!