April 25, 2013

Twitter Chat Recap (Strategic Planning) and Reminder (Preservation Jobs)

  • By: Sarah Heffern
Earlier this month, the #builtheritage Twitter chat tackled one of the most important -- but least glamorous -- facets of our work as preservationists: strategic planning. We discussed how different groups plan, how to balance the basics of running a healthy organization with preservation priorities, and how to keep from duplicating the work being done by partners. Highlights of the conversation are in the slideshow below:

Though it seems we just wrapped up that chat, our next one is already around the corner. We've made the May chat something of a tradition, discussing preservation jobs (and job-hunting techniques) every year as a new crop of preservationists graduate. Whether you're established in the field and have advice to offer, or the ink's not yet dry on your diploma, please join us on Wednesday, May 1 at 4:00 EDT to talk about this field we all love.

Here's how to get involved:

1. Sign in to TwitterTweetDeck or TweetChat. We (the chat moderators) usually use TweetChat since it adds the hashtag 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 participants using replies and retweets.

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 (often about food) still break out, but it helps keep things at least a little organized.

Hope to chat with you next week!

Sarah Heffern is the National Trust's director of social media. While she embraces all things online and pixel-centric, she’s also a hard-core building hugger, having first fallen for historic places in a fifth grade “Built Environment” class.


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