Following the first ScotFood Tweet chat on 3 June 2013, these notes serve as an aide memoire for the practical steps to get more from being involved in Twitter Chats. It’s all about making connections amongst the participants, and having opportunities for more people to get involved in future chats.
For ScotFood Tweet Chat Hosts
Before the next ScotFood chat, ensure that the hosts:
- have a list of 4 questions to be tweeted out at regular intervals throughout the hour
- will you ‘crowdsource’ by asking your Twitter followers, or will you each decide upon a question?
- create a blog post or several blog posts giving information about
- time of the chat
- date of the chat
- hosts for the chat
- questions for the chat
- encourage others to join in
- know about tools to participate
- know about tools to record/blog afterwards
- have a way of monitoring the tag
- Set up a column on Hootsuite or TweetDeck
- Save a search on your phone and monitor regularly
- Rebelmouse – set up a page for your Tag
For ScotFood Tweet Chat Participants
- Things to do after a TweetChat
- Follow others who have joined in
- Write up a post for your business’s blog about what happened or what you learned
- Does this lead to an action plan for your business?
- Use Storify to gather Tweets
- Add participants to a Twitter list (what’s the best tool for this?)
- Create some Tweets to continue the conversation
- Diarise the next TweetChat – take a note of who’s hosting and which accounts to look out for in preparation
- Preparation for joining in the next TweetChat
- A day or two before, check Tweets from next hosts for details of the chat
- Think about how you’re going to answer questions and prepare Tweets ahead of time
- Search out photographs or blog posts to help illustrate your answers
- Be there on the night and join in the conversation
- Remember to include the tag in all your Tweets, otherwise your Tweets won’t be seen (it’s easy to forget in the excitement and speed of the chat!)
Searching for tools to make Twitter Lists:
http://commun.it/?utm_campaign=Listly&utm_medium=list&utm_source=listly - looks good for monitoring and Twitter engagement. Excellent for adding users of a tag to lists easily. There is a monthly charge for use.
IFTTT = If this then that – way to search for people mentioning ScotFood and add them to a Twitter list. Have created an IFTTT recipe: https://ifttt.com/myrecipes/personal/3778287 - not yet working?
Tips on how to use and add to lists on Hootsuite: https://hootsuite.zendesk.com/entries/22261678-Creating-and-Adding-Twitter-Lists-in-Streams