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Best Hour of Learning You'll Ever Spend: Twitter Chats

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All about Twitter chats for communications professionals, from a webinar for the AWC (Association for Women in Communications.) Finding chats, participating in chats and starting one of your own. …

All about Twitter chats for communications professionals, from a webinar for the AWC (Association for Women in Communications.) Finding chats, participating in chats and starting one of your own. Includes recommended chats for communicators.

My team and I do online and in-person training in social media for tourism and hospitality at Tourism Currents - http://www.tourismcurrents.com

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  • Insert photo here to emphasize Power Hour aspect of chats, or a great sandwich photo Twitter has been around since 2005 and is no longer about what you had for lunch (unless you suck at Twitter)
  • Not case-sensitive
  • Anyone can create a hashtag. Anyone can start a scheduled chat. Do a search first, though, to confirm that someone isn't already using that hashtag
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    • 1. Best Hour of Learning? Twitter Chats! Sheila Scarborough AWC National Board of Directors Founder, #awcchat & @SheilaS on Twitter@SheilaS@AWCchat
    • 2. What Well Cover ● What IS a chat? A few Twitter basics ● Finding Twitter chats for communications professionals ● How to participate in a chat ● Starting a Twitter chat yourself ● Q & A at the end@SheilaS@AWCchat
    • 3. Twitter …. Not aboutwhat you had for lunch@SheilaS@AWCchat
    • 4. Lets review some Twitter terminology@SheilaS@AWCchat
    • 5. @SheilaS@AWCchat @
    • 6. @ = A Twitter name, or Twitter handle @AWCchat @SheilaS @AWCconnect@SheilaS@AWCchat
    • 7. @SheilaS@AWCchat
    • 8. @SheilaS@AWCchat #
    • 9. # = hashtags for Twitter chats,or a hashtagged word on Twitter #awcchat #assnchat #tourismchat #agchat@SheilaS@AWCchat
    • 10. @SheilaS@AWCchat
    • 11. Interest-based hashtags may or may not also be a chat. #eventprofs ( demo later at http://is.gd/r43kTR ) #TBEX #FriFotos@SheilaS@AWCchat
    • 12. @SheilaS@AWCchat
    • 13. Twitter Chat How-To Basics@SheilaS@AWCchat
    • 14. Twitter Chat Basics ● Most chats last one hour (goes by fast!) ● Consistent time & day ● Most have a series of discussion items: host tweets have Q1, Q2, etc. ● Answer tweets usually have A1, A2, etc. ● Host has associated chat blog, Facebook Page or website@SheilaS@AWCchat
    • 15. Finding a chat@SheilaS@AWCchat
    • 16. Finding relevant chats ● Do a search string ● "Gardening + chat OR hashtag" ● "Birding Twitter chat" ● "Muscle car chat on Twitter" ● There used to be a big Google Doc with chat info, but appears defunct@SheilaS@AWCchat
    • 17. @SheilaS@AWCchat
    • 18. Some chats for communicators● #journchat – journalism – follow @journchat ● Mondays, 8 – 9 pm EST● #wjchat – web journalists – follow @wjchat ● Wednesdays, 5 – 6 pm PST● #commschat – communications – follow @CommsChat ● Mondays, 8 – 9 pm GMT (UK-based chat)@SheilaS@AWCchat
    • 19. Some chats for communicators● #PR20chat – modern PR – follow @pr20chat ● Tuesdays, 8 – 9 pm EST● #SoloPR – solo PR folks – follow @SoloPR ● Wednesdays, 1 – 2 pm EST● #brandchat – brand managers – follow @brandchat ● Wednesdays, 11am – 12pm EST@SheilaS@AWCchat
    • 20. Some chats for communicators● #blogchat – bloggers – follow @MackCollier ● Sundays, 8 – 9 pm CST● #nptalk – nonprofits – follow @NPtalk ● 1st & 3rd Wednesdays, 2 – 3 pm CST● #designchat – creatives – follow @designchat ● Wednesdays, 8 – 9 pm CST@SheilaS@AWCchat
    • 21. Participating in a Twitter chat@SheilaS@AWCchat
    • 22. Show@SheilaS@AWCchat up!
    • 23. Getting Started on Twitter ● Open a Twitter account ● Thoroughly fill out your profile/bio ● Do link to your website/blog/something ● Have a photo – no one trusts the Egg People!@SheilaS@AWCchat
    • 24. @SheilaS@AWCchat
    • 25. @SheilaS@AWCchat
    • 26. Chat Etiquette ● Lurking is fine at first ● Contributions & participation are MUCH appreciated by chat hosts ● Stay on topic ● Dont be all about you & your links ● Help bring people to the chat & later, to the transcript@SheilaS@AWCchat
    • 27. @SheilaS@AWCchat
    • 28. Twitter Chat Tools ● Twitter Search: search.twitter.com ● Dashboards like TweetDeck & HootSuite ● TweetChat: tweetchat.com/@TweetChat ● Twitter smartphone apps ● Transcript tools like Chirpstory (demo later of AWCchats channel)@SheilaS@AWCchat
    • 29. Starting Your Own Chat ● Thought leadership ● Its crowded out there! ● Give it a home (website, blog like awcchat.wordpress.com, Facebook Page) ● Pick a time that works for you ● Pick topics for at least 8 – 10 chats ● Participation can be tough nut@SheilaS@AWCchat
    • 30. Photo Credits ● Whats for lunch ● Two-rocket launch (JohnSeb Flickr) (jurvetson Flickr) ● Chats on anything ● Tools (Colorful pencils via (InvernoDreaming Rilind Hoxha Flickr) Flickr) ● Sheila & phone (courtesy Hawaii Social Media Summit & Justin R. Dotson on Facebook)@SheilaS@AWCchat
    • 31. Thanks @SheilaS @AWCchat VeryMuch! Demo & Q&A@SheilaS@AWCchat