Successfully reported this slideshow.
Your SlideShare is downloading. ×

Tips for Twitter Chat Participation and Moderation

Tips for Twitter Chat Participation and Moderation

Download to read offline

Have you ever wondered how a Twitter chat works? Get started with this "how to" session. You'll find out what to expect as a live chat participant, and what to consider if you are thinking about creating a new chat event for your career center or private practice.

Have you ever wondered how a Twitter chat works? Get started with this "how to" session. You'll find out what to expect as a live chat participant, and what to consider if you are thinking about creating a new chat event for your career center or private practice.

More Related Content

Related Books

Free with a 30 day trial from Scribd

See all

Related Audiobooks

Free with a 30 day trial from Scribd

See all

Tips for Twitter Chat Participation and Moderation

  1. 1. Taking the Next Step with Twitter: Tips for Live Chat Participation and Moderation Melissa A. Venable, PhD OnlineColleges.net @Melissa_Venable @IOLblog NCDA 2015 - #NCDAdenver
  2. 2. Today’s Session … • Twitter Chat Basics • Join a Chat • Start Your Own Chat • Advanced Strategies … Are you logged in? #NCDAdenver …
  3. 3. What is a Twitter Chat? • Real-time exchange • Specific date and time • Use of a common hashtag (#)
  4. 4. What are the benefits of a live chat? • Range of purposes and communication needs: – Community building – Networking opportunities – Professional development – Marketing and promotion • Twitter is: widely used, free platform; easy access • Multiple audiences out there: students, alumni, clients, colleagues, employers
  5. 5. How to Join a Chat • Log in to your Twitter account. • Filter the chat hashtag for viewing. • Add the hashtag to your tweets to join the convo. • Reply to others and ask questions!
  6. 6. How to Start a New Chat  Before  During  After
  7. 7. Before a Live Event Participate in other chats. Test the waters! (Lurking is okay … but let the moderator know you are there.)
  8. 8. Create a unique hashtag (#) • Keep it short. • Make it memorable. • Non-case sensitive: #IOLchat = #iolchat • Letters and numbers • Search for it. Already in use? Try something else...
  9. 9. Decide on a discussion topic and format: • Q & A • Open Discussion • Open Mike • Single Question • Conference Edition • Special Events Develop specific questions in advance!
  10. 10. Announce the time and date (multiple times). Recruit an assistant Start slowly - run a “test” chat
  11. 11. During a Live Event Get the session started
  12. 12. Facilitate the conversation.
  13. 13. Look for … ReTweets (RT), @Replies
  14. 14. Look for … connections among attendees.
  15. 15. Manage the chat logistics. • Open multiple tabs/windows. – Chat tool – Document with questions, prompts – Twitter search – Twitter account: notifications page • Have a plan B and C. • Monitor your time.
  16. 16. Be ready for… • Technology issues • Hijacking • Technology issues • Spam • Technology issues
  17. 17. Is this the Career Counselor Technology Forum ?!? “ … You’re nobody until you’ve been spammed.”
  18. 18. Conclude the session
  19. 19. After a Live Event Create a tweet transcript
  20. 20. Write a summary blog post. Continue the conversation – use the hashtag between chats. Prepare for your next chat!
  21. 21. A Few Advanced Strategies to Try Invite a special guest. Open a Twitter account for the chat.
  22. 22. Crowdsource chat ideas
  23. 23. Collect and curate chat resources. Set up a chat website or landing page.
  24. 24. Add your chat to a directory or event calendar.
  25. 25. Other considerations… • Chat length • Day/Time • Chat frequency • Target audience
  26. 26. Recommendations … • Go with the flow • Focus on function, the tools change • It’s not the numbers - it’s the networking! • Have an idea? Just try it – there’s not one “right” way.
  27. 27. Questions?
  28. 28. Resources • Implementing Live Twitter Chat Discussion Sessions [PDF] http://bit.ly/TwitterChatGuide • Chat Directories: – http://chatsalad.com/ – http://tweetreports.com/twitter-chat-schedule/ – http://twubs.com/twitter-chats
  29. 29. #Jobhuntchat – @Blogging4jobs, et al #LinkedInChat – @LinkedInExpert, et al #InternPro – YouTern.com #Tchat – TalentCulture.com #OMCchat –@CindyTrivella, et al #EmployerBuzz – Univ. Michigan Career Center #ECRchat – Early Career Researchers #IdealistCareers – Idealist.org #yucareerchat – York Univ. Career Centre #AskForbes – Forbes.com
  30. 30. Thank you! Melissa A. Venable, PhD OnlineColleges.net #IOLchat & @IOLblog @Melissa_Venable melissa.a.venable@gmail.com
  31. 31. Image credits: • Slide 28: Class picture, lindacq, CC:BY-SA • Slide 29: Bird, marek.sotak, CC:BY • Slide 19: Whale, Shovelling Son, CC:BY-NC-SA • Title Slide: Two birds, cobalt123, CC:BY-NC-SA

Editor's Notes

  • How many of you have twitter accounts? Are active?
    How many have participated in a live chat?
  • Began ~June 2012
    Weekly topics
    Home page
    #IOLchat @Melissa_Venable @IOLblog
  • Recommendations and resources throughout!
  • Unified discussion
    Who sees what in their stream?
  • Who can see who’s tweets?
  • [[Melissa]]
    Facilitating a live chat comes down to three sets of tasks – Before During After, At the end of the session we’ll provide these in the format of a checklist with more detail, but for this session we’ll introduce the basics. …
  • [[Melissa]]
    Facilitating a live chat comes down to three sets of tasks – Before During After, At the end of the session we’ll provide these in the format of a checklist with more detail, but for this session we’ll introduce the basics. …
  • [[Melissa]]
    Facilitating a live chat comes down to three sets of tasks – Before During After, At the end of the session we’ll provide these in the format of a checklist with more detail, but for this session we’ll introduce the basics. …
  • [[Melissa]]
    Facilitating a live chat comes down to three sets of tasks – Before During After, At the end of the session we’ll provide these in the format of a checklist with more detail, but for this session we’ll introduce the basics. …
  • [[Melissa]]
  • [[Melissa]]
  • Creating a vibe - Create a vibe – workshop or break room?
    Structure
    Interaction
  • Creating a vibe - Create a vibe – workshop or break room?
    Structure
    Interaction
  • [[Melissa]]
  • Internet connection, ….
  • [[Melissa]]
  • [[Melissa]]
  • [[Melissa]]
  • One of the things we’ve done to help us with the decisions along the way is …. Scheduling
    Topics
    Topic generation – TwtPoll, SurveyGizmo, staff ideas
    Feedback – June, December surveys

×