Over the months of moderating the #BuiltHeritage chats on Twitter, my co-mods and I have noticed an interesting phenomenon: regardless of what the actual topic for the day is, a side conversation almost always develops around food. I'm pretty sure this is due at least in part to the timing of the chat - shortly before dinner on the east coast, and just after lunch on the west... Or perhaps preservationists are just more into food than other professions?
Either way, we've decided to make food the official subject of November's talk - but we won't be discussing our dinner plans or what we just had for lunch. Instead, we'll be talking about the growing connections between the local food movement, heritage tourism, and preservation. Not to toot our own National Trust horn here, but the Arcadia Food partnership at Woodlawn is an example of the sort of thing we'll be chatting about.
We'll be on Twitter next Wednesday (November 2) at 4:00 EDT. Please join us!
Here's how to participate in the chat:
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.
If you can't join in live, don't worry - we'll also post a transcript shortly after the chat.
Sarah Heffern is a member of the Digital and New Media team at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. She tweets a lot about food even when not on the #builtheritage chats. Not as much as about hockey, but a lot.