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UPDATE: The transcript of yesterday's chat is now available!

Tweet, tweet, tweet! Join us at 4:00 EDT today for the #builtheritage Twitter chat.

As the weather - at least in DC - careens wildly between summer and fall, and the National Preservation Conference looms - only two more weeks! -  it's time for October's Twitter chat. Today's topic is  community revitalization - and how preservation can help make better, more vibrant communities.

In one slight change in programming, we're preparing only three questions, rather than the usual four, to allow the chatters who are attending the conference to finalize their plans for their tweetup in Buffalo - and to give those of us not attending (like me) time to be jealous.

Not sure how to get involved? Notes on participation are available here. Unable to join us? Or want to time-shift the chat? Not to worry, we'll have a transcript available within a few days. I'll amend it to this post and send a #builtheritage tagged tweet when it is ready, so keep a look out.

Hope to "talk" to you this afternoon at 4:00 EDT!

@smheffern is a member of the Digital and New Media department at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. She's more than a little bummed to be missing the conference - and tweetup! - in Buffalo, but will be there in spirit.

Updated October 6, 2011

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

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.

Save the Date: Twitter Chat is Coming Up Next Week (October 5)

Posted on: September 28th, 2011 by Sarah Heffern 2 Comments

 

Twitter logoI 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.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

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.

UPDATED: Twitter Chat on Collaboration is at 4:00 EDT Today (September 7)

Posted on: September 7th, 2011 by Sarah Heffern

 

Twitter logoUPDATE: The chat transcript is now available! Many thanks to all who participated. Our next chat will be October 5 at 4:00 EDT.

Well... Labor Day has passed, school is back in session, and - if my meeting schedule is to be believed - everyone is back from vacation. There's nothing like a full calendar of meetings to make you think about being collaborative, and the many ways it can go right, and wrong. Hoping for more of the former and less of the latter, we'll be turning the #builtheritage hashtag over to the topic of collaboration this afternoon at 4:00 EDT. Questions we'll be discussing include: How can you facilitate effective collaboration? Who should preservationists partner with? What issues should we work together on? And, most importantly, have you been involved in a great collaboration? We're especially excited to hear real-world examples of how preservationists are connecting with other like-minded organizations.

We also have one off-topic item to discuss at the end of the chat - when we're going to hold our #builtheritage tweetup at the National Preservation Conference in October. Given that nearly all of the twitter chats at some point involve a side thread about connecting in real life - usually with food, or more often, drinks - it seemed time to actually make it official. We've got a couple of ideas for times and places in Buffalo, and we'll ask the folks attending what works best.

Hope to "see" you all on Twitter this afternoon. Unsure how to participate? Last week's save-the-date post has the full scoop.

Sarah Heffern (@smheffern) is a member of the Digital and New Media team at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Through the magic of technology, she is at President Lincoln's Cottage (@LincolnsCottage) actually being collaborative as this post goes live.

 

 

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

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.

Save the Date: Twitter Chat on Collaboration is September 7

Posted on: August 31st, 2011 by Sarah Heffern 1 Comment

 

Twitter logoI was very much looking forward to writing today's post announcing the September #builtheritage Twitter chat because I was excited to have reached our first milestone - six months of conversations, 140 characters at a time. But then I actually counted and realized I was a month late; August was, in fact, our sixth time gathering around the twitters.

This, naturally, raised two questions: 1) Why can't I count? and2) How on earth is September tomorrow? (I mean, really. This year is going shockingly fast.) I know I speak for my co-moderators Julia Rocchi and Kayla Jonas as well as myself when I say I couldn't be happier at the way our Twitter experiment has worked out so far. We have regular chatters from across the US and Canada, and a pretty regular presence from the UK as well - and we've even had an Aussie drop by now and again.

We found our inspiration for this month's topic in that spirit of international camaraderie - and in in the upcoming International National Trusts Organisation meeting in Vancouver in early October. We'll be talking about collaboration with organizations near and far: Who should preservationists partner with? What issues should we work together on? How can you facilitate effective collaboration? If you've had the luck to be part of a really effective collaborative process, please come armed with examples (with links, if you've got 'em).

Interested in joining us? The chat will run from 4:00 - 5:00 EDT on Wednesday, September 7. Here are the details on how to participate, pulled from both Kayla's blog and earlier posts here on the PreservationNation blog:

1. Sign in to Twitter, Tweet Deck or Tweet Chat. We usually use Tweet Chat since it adds the hash tag automatically and allows you to reply and retweet easily.

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 moderator 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.

Hope to "see" you online next week. And if you can't join us, don't despair... we'll post a transcript within a few days of the chat so you can catch up at your leisure.

Sarah Heffern (@smheffern) is a member of the Digital and New Media team at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. She counts her greatest Twitter achievement to date - aside from the #builtheritage chat - as getting her brother to say, "You were right. I love Twitter."

 

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

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.

 

UPDATE: The chat transcript is now available... and contains nearly 500 tweets. Many thanks to all who participated for such a lively conversation. Our next chat will be September 7 at 4:00 EDT.

We may be a week later than usual, due to two out of three of us on the moderation team vacationing on beachy capes (Cape May for me, Cape Cod for my colleague Julia), but we are no less excited than usual for our monthly Twitter chat. We'll be gathering around the Internet's version of a conference table at 4:00 EDT this afternoon - August 10, 2011 - madly refreshing the #builtheritage hashtag.

Today's theme is an interesting one: how to reach out beyond preservation's usual suspects to bring our work into under-served communities. We'll talk about who we see as under-served groups (and what that means), how to determine what the best way is to help, and how to build connections.

Interested in joining us, but not sure how? Take a look back at last week's post, which has handy tips for following along. Unable to join us? Don't despair! We expect to have a transcript up within a few days.

Sarah Heffern is a member of the Digital and New Media team at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Because unplugging from Twitter (and other online stuff) is not her strong suit, she was very happy to have been in a beach house with WiFi last week.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

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.