[O]ne of the conventions Twitter users have adopted to associate their tweets with a certain event — the hash tag — can be an incredibly inefficient way to spread what’s actually going on. This is because Twitter users have grown accustomed to tagging any tweet somehow related to an event with its corresponding hashtag, even when they aren’t actually attending. This helps spur conversation, but it becomes much harder to weed out the news from the noise, and occasionally leads to propagation of false information. Almost.at, a very slick web application built by freelance iPhone developer David Cann, may be the answer to this problem.
As advertised, almost.at looks like a great way to track live events that are being covered on twitter. Personally I’ve found twitter to be real handy for “attending” events. By tracking hash tags and making use of @replies I’ve been able to follow along and even participate presentations at various events. It even includes a feature allowing you to suggest events, which should be handy for little conferences like CALIcon.