A quick update on the first ScotFood Twitter chat which took place on 3 June 2013.
Overall, “could have done better” would be my personal impression. We had a few issues with the running of the chat, purely due to the fact that Twitter failed us part way through the hour. I was using TweetChat.com to monitor the chat and participate on behalf of @CrailFoodFest. The first indication I had was around 9:15 when everything seemed to stop…
Our host @thomsok ploughed on, reporting at around 9:40 that we were back again
Our host @SeafoodRestau was the only one who seemed to be able to Tweet out the second question (which was due to go at 9:20)
I’d scheduled the questions to go out via Hootsuite – but when Twitter stopped working, the scheduled questions failed to go – so my questions scheduled for 9:10 and 9:20 are missing from Twitter.
A lesson in running a TweetChat? Or just bad luck?
Good News from ScotFood
We had a good turnout from the Scottish food and drink community, with over 100 people joining in during the hour, and the chat continuing for another hour afterwards as people struck up conversations and chatted to people they’d met within the hour.
A personal favourite came from a conversation between @Balgove and @flintriverltd about buying locally sourced lobster which started before the chat, and continued after. The sort of advice which can flow when Twitter is used as a way of connecting people who want information with others who have it.
We had a wide cross section from the Scottish Food and Drink scene joining in, with restaurants, farm shops, a food festival, producers, suppliers, food writers and food bloggers joining in. And those that missed it were really sorry! But even an apology led to some fun chat.
If you’d like to review the Tweets from ScotFood, I’ve pulled them together “First ScotFood Twitter Chat” on Storify for you. If you’re a food blogger you will find a rich seam of content flowing through this which you might use to create a post. Let me know by commenting below if you do. If you participated, equally we’d like to know some top tips for growing and progressing from this somewhat shaky beginning.
Next month’s ScotFood chat will be hosted by @ScottishDeli, @ScarletBakery, @SarahMellersh (and you, if you’d like to join in?) – details of the forthcoming schedule “Setting up a ScotFood Twitter Chat“. The hosts will be looking for suggestions for questions, and themes to showcase the food and drink of Perthshire, Dundee and Angus. Help them out by following them, making suggestions and joining in next time on 1 July 2013 at 9-10 pm. Put the date in your diary now – you could find out something new!