Twitter Chat Recap/Reminder: From Windows to Fundraising

Posted on: November 29th, 2012 by Sarah Heffern

We've been talking a lot about windows here at the National Trust lately, thanks in large part to our colleagues in the Preservation Green Lab, who published a great report (Saving Windows, Saving Money: Evaluating the Energy Performance of Window Retrofit and Replacement) in October that gave us a lot of detailed information about the energy efficiency of historic windows.

The report's authors joined us for our monthly Twitter chat in November to talk about their findings and discuss how we can get the information out to people who are considering replacing their windows when repairs would be better for the building, the environment, and their wallet.

Here are some highlights of the conversation:

You can also check out the full transcript here.

Our next Twitter chat will be taking place next week: Wednesday, December 5, 2012, from 4:00-5:00 EST. We'll be discussing one of those topics that's generally considered verboten in polite company -- money.

But we'll be hitting it from an angle that's always a hot topic among preservationists: funding and fundraising. This will cover a lot of different facets -- membership, individual donors, grants, state/local government funding, etc. -- so be sure to tune in on time.

The chat is always open to new participants (we're a friendly bunch!). Here's how to get involved: 

1. Sign in to TwitterTweetDeck 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.

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 (often about food) still break out, but it helps keep things at least a little organized.

I hope to talk to you next week!

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Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern is the National Trust's social media strategist. 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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