I’m getting ready to try my hand at my first opportunity to co-host a Twitter Chat and I wanted to make a brief guide for some of my colleagues who might have never taken part in a Twitter Chat before! So this guide assumes first that you have a Twitter Account. If you are brand new to Twitter, a better place to start is here: http://cybraryman.com/twitterforbeginners.html. Otherwise, follow these steps and tips to make a Twitter Chat a good experience:
- Use a third-party app to help manage the “flow” of information during the chat. I like, HootSuite but TweetDeck is also good. These tools both have both app versions and desktop versions. I prefer to work from my laptop AND iPad during a chat! Once you choose one of the above tools, set up a column to follow the hashtag of the chat you’ll be participating in. This filters out all the other Tweets and allows you to focus on just the relevant information at the time the chat takes place.
- Understand the lingo and shorten words where you can to save characters. Otherwise you won’t be able to fit your comments into 140 characters. Ss = students, Ts= teachers, convo = conversation use the ampersand (&) and drop a few vowels where it won’t make the word impossible to read: frm = from, f/ = for Think about how you took notes in your college classes and shorten things up in logical ways!
- Questions will come out with a label: Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4 and you should respond to questions with answers with corresponding labels: A1, A2, A3, A4. If you forget an post with it…not to worry this happens occasionally and others will still be able to tell what you’re responding to most of the time.
- MOST important tip: If you respond, be sure to include the hashtag of the chat so that others following it will see your contribution! #CSedChat is hashtag I’ll be adding to the end of each of my tweets during the chat I’m helping to moderate! It will be in each question and each answer! (Bonus: after the chat, I can still search for tweets that were made using that hashtag and find them all when I have more time to look through the resources!)
- Lurking is ok…jump in and watch if you’re too scared to contribute. That’s a fine way to start! But don’t be shy about sharing your expertise!