Twitter Chat Update: July Recap, Save the Date for August

Posted on: July 23rd, 2012 by Sarah Heffern

This month's Twitter chat marked the first time we've ever invited guests, and I have to say, our friends at Habitat for Humanity assured that it won't be the last. In addition to our expected participants, Duane Bates (@habitat_org) and Shala Carlson (@HWEditor), several Habitat affiliates, including those from Buffalo, Charleston, Cincinnati, and Newburgh, NY. For an hour, longtime chat participants, newbies, and guests alike engaged in a lively conversation about the role of preservation in Habitat for Humanity's work.  Here are some highlights:

Here are a few links from the conversation:

And of course, there's also a full transcript available for your reading pleasure.

Because the Independence Day holiday postponed the July chat by a week, and because August starts on a Wednesday, the turnaround between July and August chats is a particularly short one, so this blog post is going to do double-duty and announce our next date and topic:

On Wednesday, August 1, from 4:00-5:00 EDT, we'll be taking on a nice, summery topic: historic travel -- specifically, what kind of places preservation-minded folks like to go, and what we like to do once we get there. It'll be either a great opportunity to relive your summer vacation or crib ideas you can use for your next trip!

How to participate:

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.

I hope you can join us!

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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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