I am going through a phase lately where I am constantly stunned by how fast time is moving. For example, I feel like it was just yesterday I wrote the last "save the date" post for a Twitter chat, but it was, in fact, four weeks ago and our next chat is already just a week away - Wednesday, October 5, at 4:00 EDT, to be specific. (Time is flying, right? It's not just me?)
Our next topic is community revitalization - and how preservation can contribute to breathing new life into a community. We'll talk about success stories (and possibly some cautionary tales) as well as looking at the different approaches required in urban versus rural settings. Come armed with an idea of what community revitalization means to you - or come prepared to find out what it means to the folks on Twitter.
Here's how the chat works:
1. Sign in to Twitter, TweetDeck or TweetChat. We (your friendly chat moderators: Julia, Kayla, and me) usually use TweetChat since it adds the hash tag automatically and allows for easy replies and re-tweets.
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 moderators 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.
I hope you'll be able to join in the conversation next week, but if not (or if you get overwhelmed, which - given the pace of the chat - is pretty easy) we'll post a PDF of the transcript here on the PreservationNation blog within a few days after the chat for your reading pleasure.
Sarah Heffern is a member of the Digital and New Media team at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. She's hoping this time-is-flying problem isn't a symptom of age, but she suspects it is.