I was very much looking forward to writing today's post announcing the September #builtheritage Twitter chat because I was excited to have reached our first milestone - six months of conversations, 140 characters at a time. But then I actually counted and realized I was a month late; August was, in fact, our sixth time gathering around the twitters.
This, naturally, raised two questions: 1) Why can't I count? and2) How on earth is September tomorrow? (I mean, really. This year is going shockingly fast.) I know I speak for my co-moderators Julia Rocchi and Kayla Jonas as well as myself when I say I couldn't be happier at the way our Twitter experiment has worked out so far. We have regular chatters from across the US and Canada, and a pretty regular presence from the UK as well - and we've even had an Aussie drop by now and again.
We found our inspiration for this month's topic in that spirit of international camaraderie - and in in the upcoming International National Trusts Organisation meeting in Vancouver in early October. We'll be talking about collaboration with organizations near and far: Who should preservationists partner with? What issues should we work together on? How can you facilitate effective collaboration? If you've had the luck to be part of a really effective collaborative process, please come armed with examples (with links, if you've got 'em).
Interested in joining us? The chat will run from 4:00 - 5:00 EDT on Wednesday, September 7. Here are the details on how to participate, pulled from both Kayla's blog and earlier posts here on the PreservationNation blog:
2. Follow and tweet with the hashtag #builtheritage
3. Watch for the questions in the Q1 format. Provide answers using the A1 format, and interact with other tweeters using replies and retweets.
Oh, and what we mean by the Q1/A1 format is this: Questions (we usually have four per chat) are posed by the moderator as Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4 about every 15 minutes. We ask that chatters reply with A1, A2, etc. to help everyone stay clear on what they’re responding to. A lot of side conversations and such still break out, but it helps keep things at least a little organized.
Hope to "see" you online next week. And if you can't join us, don't despair... we'll post a transcript within a few days of the chat so you can catch up at your leisure.
Sarah Heffern (@smheffern) is a member of the Digital and New Media team at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. She counts her greatest Twitter achievement to date - aside from the #builtheritage chat - as getting her brother to say, "You were right. I love Twitter."