Following the first ScotFood Tweet chat on 3 June 2013, these notes serve as an aide memoire for the practical steps to get more from being involved in Twitter Chats. It’s all about making connections among the participants, and having opportunities for more people to get involved in future chats.
Second ScotFood Chat – 1 July 2013 9-10 pm
To keep the #ScotFood momentum going after a somewhat shaky start, here are some suggestions for questions for 1 July:
9:00 pm Welcome to #ScotFood – introduce yourself and greet others (Name, business, first part of postcode).
[You reply, for example: "Hello, I'm Susan, my business is @SusanMcNaughton. I help @CrailFoodFest and live in EH4 #ScotFood"]
9:10 pm Q1 Tell us what’s in season and tasty at the moment in Perthshire, Dundee and Angus #ScotFood
9:20 pm Q2 What do you like to make with seasonal ingredients right now? #ScotFood
9:30 pm Q3 Tell us about a favourite place for food/drink in Perthshire, Dundee and Angus #ScotFood
9:40 pm Q4 Do you forage or food swap in Perthshire, Dundee or Angus? Tell us more… #ScotFood
9:50 pm Q5 Who would you most like to answer a question about #ScotFood, and what’s the question?
10:00 pm Goodnight from #ScotFood chat – remember to follow those you’ve met here. Next one 5 August
You can join in by sending Tweets throughout the hour answering the questions, remembering to start your answers with A1, A2 etc and include #ScotFood in every Tweet.
Hosts for the second #Scotfood chat are @ScottishDeli, @SarahMellersh, @ScarletBakery. To keep things going, @SusanMcNaughton and @CrailFoodFest will also Tweet out the questions. Follow the hosts to ensure that you see the questions on the night.
For ScotFood Tweet Chat Hosts
Before the next ScotFood chat, hosts can prepare by:
- gathering a list of 4/5 questions to be tweeted out at regular intervals throughout the hour
- will hosts ‘crowdsource’ by asking Twitter followers, or will each decide upon a question?
- create a blog post or several blog posts giving information about
- time of the chat
- date of the chat
- hosts for the chat
- questions for the chat
- encourage others to join in
- know about tools to participate (signing in to TweetChat.com is a good way to participate)
- know about tools to record/blog afterwards
- have a way of monitoring the tag, e.g.
- Set up a column on Hootsuite or TweetDeck
- Save a search on your phone and monitor regularly
- Rebelmouse – set up a page for your Tag
- Use Storify to group Tweets after the chat and publish a story
- Use Tweet-Tag.com to monitor participation on the day (up to 2,000 Tweets are recorded free)
- RT or favourite Tweets that they like or find useful during the chat
For ScotFood Tweet Chat Participants
- Things to do after a TweetChat
- Follow others who have joined in
- Write up a post for your business’s blog about what happened or what you learned
- Does this lead to an action plan for your business?
- Use Storify to gather Tweets
- Add participants to a Twitter list (what’s the best tool for this?)
- Respond to Tweets to continue the conversation
- Diarise the next TweetChat – take a note of who’s hosting and which accounts to look out for in preparation
- Preparation for joining in the next TweetChat
- A day or two before, check Tweets from next hosts for details of the chat
- Think about how you’re going to answer questions and prepare Tweets ahead of time
- Search out photographs or blog posts to help illustrate your answers
- Be there on the night and join in the conversation
- Remember to include the tag in all your Tweets, otherwise your Tweets won’t be seen (it’s easy to forget in the excitement and speed of the chat!)
Searching for tools to make Twitter Lists:
http://commun.it/?utm_campaign=Listly&utm_medium=list&utm_source=listly - looks good for monitoring and Twitter engagement. Excellent for adding users of a tag to lists easily. There is a monthly charge for use.
IFTTT = If this then that – way to search for people mentioning ScotFood and add them to a Twitter list. Have created an IFTTT recipe: https://ifttt.com/myrecipes/personal/3778287 - not yet working?
Tips on how to use and add to lists on Hootsuite: https://hootsuite.zendesk.com/entries/22261678-Creating-and-Adding-Twitter-Lists-in-Streams