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Conversational Twitter

Yes, I’ll admit I’m a devoted Twitter fan. Just when I think I’ve seen everything Twitter can do, someone comes up with yet another use for it. Actually, this isn’t a new use, but it is an effective one. I’m talking about the Twitter Chat. A Twitter chat is a conversation about a specific topic held at a specific time using Twitter as the chat platform. We in the genea-community have been doing a rough sort of Twitter chat during live conferences where the attendees share their experiences with those of us who can’t attend. Why not put it to work on a day-to-day basis to organize regularly-scheduled chats?

How do you create a Twitter chat? You simply set a date, a topic and a hashtag then invite everyone interested to attend. At the appointed time, kick off the chat with a tweet that gets the conversation started. Participants need to set up a saved search for the chat’s hashtag and include that hashtag in each of their tweets. That insures everyone can follow the chat.┬áThe conversation can include comments and opinions, replies to other’s tweet, links to related sources and even photos.

To kick things off, I invite you to join me tomorrow (Sunday, July 22nd) beginning at 3:00 pm EDT. The hashtag for the chat is #gnotes and this week’s topic is Twitter – how you use it, your favorite client and any tips you have. It should be an interesting conversation and I hope to see you then!

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