Last week, TrainingZone (where I am interim web editor) ran its first Twitter chat which I helped organise with host Jane Hart (@C4LPT). Jane runs a lot of Twitter chats and is experienced at doing them and she did most of the work :-).
The chat was on social learning and you can see the stream on the #tzchat hashtag. It was scheduled as an hour long, but went over as people continued to chat and retweet.
Here is what I learned from part-organising and participating in the chat:
- Use a host who is well respected on a particular topic
- Give them freedom to run the chat, especially if they have done them before
- Plan the discussion points
- When you start, ask everyone to introduce themselves
- Time questions through scheduled tweets so that you have discussion that is focussed and moves on
- Help participants by responding to questions
- Give participants time to retweet questions and points plus answer questions
- Ensure everyone is aware the question has changed/discussion has moved on
- Thank everyone for attending and stop when you said you would
- Don’t feel you have to hang around for the discussion – it will carry on and carry on
Overall, I think they are a great idea – just make sure you marjet them well so people do actually turn up for a chat. You can see the full Tweetreach tweet analysis below.