May 30, 2013

Twitter Chat Recap/Reminder: Preservation Jobs and Historic Travel

  • By: Sarah Heffern
Ketchikan, Alaska. Photo courtesy Sarah Heffern
Ketchikan, Alaska

It may not be the solstice yet, but with Memorial Day in the rear view mirror and the thermostat nearing 90 degrees (here in D.C., at least), summer is definitely here -- and with it, the urge to head off on a vacation. We've already shared not one, but two lists of ideas to whet your appetite for summer travel, and now we're taking on the topic for our June #builtheritage Twitter chat.

If you're interested in discussing your favorite historic travel destinations, your most serendipitous preservation finds, and the heritage festivals that have you hitting the road, this is the chat for you! We'll be chatting next Wednesday, June 5, from 4:00-5:00 EDT.

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, and 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.


And in case you missed our chat last month -- on the always-popular topic of preservation-related jobs -- we have a handy transcript*, as well as this handy Storify, to capture the highlights.

* Note: due to the new service we're using for the transcripts, they're best read from starting from the last page and working forward. This will put the tweets in chronological order.

Sarah Heffern is the National Trust's social media strategist. 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.

@smheffern

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