This is a crosspost from the Network Weavers Community of Practice!
On today’s full community “share fair” meeting the concept of tweetups and tweet chats came up. I mentioned that there is an open Google doc listing some of the more well known tweetups and I would share it, so I wanted to post that link and a few others here. In poking around, I found a few more lists (Meryl’s list was updated just last week!) and resources.
How to Run Twitter Chats
There are both technical and facilitation things to consider to effectively pull people into a coherent interaction on Twitter.
- Meryl’s tips and more tips.
- Maria Colacurcio 4 part how-to series, 1, 2, 3 and 4. She gets into all the details, including promoting a tweet chat and following up on chats. Sounds like she is a natural “closer of triangles” as we’ve talked about within the Network Weavers Community of Practice.
- Mashable’s Twitter Chat tips
A hash tag (i.e. #nwwcop) is a way to aggregate tweets during a tweet chat and to aggregate tweets with other digital content with the same tag.
How to Capture the Content of Twitter Chats
Here are just a few of the tools you can use as interfaces for the tweet chats themselves and to aggregate the content. See the “how-tos” above.
I think the last bit of thinking — that really might be best considered first — is thinking about WHY you want to do a Twitter chat. Thinking about intent, about purpose, can be a productive precursor to planning and action. Smile. Visit some twitter chats. Experience them. Then think about your community and network. What would work? Twitter chats are inherently open – is that ok for you? Do you want to have a defined group, or attract people to the twitter chat topic? Food for thought, eh?