Save the Date: Twitter Chat about Preservation-Themed Books on March 7

Posted on: February 29th, 2012 by Sarah Heffern 2 Comments

Back in December, when we were crowdsourcing ideas for our 2012 Twitter chats, one of the recurring recommendations was preservation-themed books. Being a big reader - but not one with a lot of educational background in the field - I thought this sounded like a splendid idea. What better way to build out a preservation reading list than hearing what everyone's favorites are? And what should be avoided at all cost?

And so, that's what we'll be doing during March's #builtheritage Twitter chat - talking books. What are everyone's favorite nonfiction books on preservation? What fictional titles hit preservation themes particularly well? What books absolutely set your teeth on edge?

As an added bonus, I'll be sharing a little poll during the chat to gauge interest in the possibility of a Twitter-based book group that would meet quarterly. It would function just like an offline book group, with questions and conversation, but in tiny, 140-character snippets. Fun!

When and where will all this book chat be taking place? On Wednesday, March 7 from 4:00-5:00 EST on Twitter, around the #builtheritage hashtag.

Here’s how to participate in the chat:

1. Sign in to Twitter, TweetDeck or TweetChat. We (the chat moderators) 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 participants 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 – I’ll also post a transcript, with a link to the book group poll, within a few days of the chat.

Hope you can join us!

Sarah Heffern is a member of the Digital and New Media team at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. When it comes to preservation-themed books, she is trying to decide if reading Triumph of the City is worth it, or will just make her angry.

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Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern is the social media strategist for the National Trust’s Public Affairs team. While she embraces all things online and pixel-centric, she’s also a hard-core building hugger, having fallen for preservation in a fifth grade “Built Environment” class. Follow her on Twitter at @smheffern.

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2 Responses

  1. Barbara Segal

    February 29, 2012

    I’m one of The National Trust for Historic Preservation biggest fans, yet on twitter when I support @presnation with re tweets, my tweets go ignored every time. May I note, I have tweeted madly for places that matter to me for over two years, those records can be found in the Library of Congress. At an age of importance of supporting a cause, The National Trust for Historic Preservation is to help people protect, enhance & enjoy the places that matter to them. Why is @presnation social media team not responding to every tweet? Social media is a trusted, investment relations position in any organization, small or large. Twitter is about building others. The teams personal bios state, they are editor and writers, then perhaps a good twitter social media book read is in order here. The Thank You Economy, by Gary Vaynerchuk comes to mind. All Tweets should be treated with kindness and thanked for a RT. The team might be fooling the inner office superiors, that they can’t respond to all. However, those of us who know social media don’t buy it, we know it’s not true. It’s rare I comment, however your twitter account has had an opposite effect of supporting the cause, you’ve lost my support. And when you lose one on twitter, you can loose their following as well. Yes dear team, as a seasoned professional, I’m taking a stand. It’s apparent your working twitter, not with the investment relations of a representing, The National Trust for Historic Preservation. Social media starts with manners and kindness.
    You never know who is behind a twitter handle, and the donation they can make .

  2. National Trust for Historic Preservation

    February 29, 2012

    Thanks for the feedback, Barbara. There are a lot of philosophies on how best to manage a nonprofit social media presence, and we’re always working on ways of making ours better. For the first time, we now have dedicated staff working on our social channels, and are working on being more interactive with our fans and followers. And thanks for the book recommendation – folks participating in the chat might find it handy.