This week marks another first for me: I participated in a Twitter chat.
For those of you – like me – who are new to Twitter (or at least new to using it as a professional resource rather than a place to follow your favourite celebrities), this is what I have learned about Twitter chats:
- Before the chat begins, the moderator assigns a hashtag, so everyone can follow along. Hashtags are searchable.
- When the chat begins, everyone participating uses the assigned hashtag to answer questions posted by the moderator, or to open a discussion with other participants.
- Moderators label questions Q1, Q2, Q3, etc.
- When answering a moderator’s questions, participants use A1, A2, A3, etc.
- Chats are usually limited to an hour or so, and well defined in terms of an agenda.
The chat I participated in was #Cdnedchat. It was massively successful, and even the moderators were surprised at the participation level. The tweets were flying by so fast that I still haven’t had a chance to read them all, but I did connect with some new people, and added them to my PLN. As a result, I have some new ideas to look in to, and will hopefully be posting some exciting uses for technology in the primary divisions very soon.
In the meantime, if you want to take a look at a nice version of the #cdnedchat, take a look at the Storify they made, or better yet, look them up on Twitter! @Cdnedchat
- Tweetchats – What are they? Why try them? (scalablesocialmedia.com)