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Five Steps from Todd Chandler’s Blog ‘Observation Paper’1
1. ACTIVITY DEBRIEFS > one of the standard activities at any workshop is to break up into small groups and brainstorm answers to a question. Then the facilitator goes around the room and has each group report from their flip charts. The facilitator could ask each group to tweet their top 2 or 3 answers to a specific hashtag. Then post all the answers up on the screen with the search feature on Twitter. 2. PARTICIPANT QUESTIONS > services like wiffiti allow participants to text messages or questions that can be displayed instantly. But why not use Twitter to do the trick. Olivia Mitchell seems to have had some success with this as she describes in detail how to in "8 Things I Learnt about Twitter as a Participation Tool." 2 3. VOTING > this wouldn't be as slick as other voting apps out there, since it would not automatically tally the results, but still with a co-pilot quickly gathering the results it could work. 4. WORKSHOP NOTES > create a workshop hashtag and encourage participants to take notes throughout. After the workshop, everyone can tap into the collective notes. It's also a way to stay connected with other participants. This is how Garr and Nancy role modeled using Twitter with #preboot. 5. PREWORK > same concept with different timing. Create the hashtag before the conference and give participants questions to address as prework.

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http://toddchandler.blogspot.com/2009/03/5-ways-to-use-twitter-during.html

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Another method from CNET.com blog ‘Webware’3 The group formation phase
Step 1: Use Tweetworks If you're tired of waiting for Twitter to add group support, use a site called Tweetworks. It allows you to create or join groups. It only took about 10 seconds for me to set one up. Just put in the name and description of the group and you're all set. It's the simplest way to create a group and get it off the ground.

Tweetworks is a great way to start your group. (Credit: Don Reisinger/CNET Networks)
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Step 2: Promote your group on Twitter It seems counter-intuitive to create a group on another service and promote it on Twitter, but that's precisely what you need to do, since you're trying to get all your like-minded friends together. Tweetworks offers an automatic tweet that allows you to input a few characters followed by a link inviting friends to join the group. But unfortunately, it's not very informative. Do it yourself. Step 3: Get informative. And that brings us to the next point. Because Tweetworks doesn't make its tweets informative, you'll need to do the legwork yourself. Put your group and its topic area into your own tweets on Twitter and place it in your e-mail. I've found that simply putting "Join my tech-focused Tweetworks group" followed by a link in an e-mail is a good way to get people to join. And since you're appealing to the Twittersphere, make sure all your tweets make it clear what your vision for your group is. For example, if you're forming a New York Yankees group, updating your stream with a message like, "Join my NY Yankees Twitter group on Tweetworks" followed by a link to the page should do the trick. Step 4: Make sure the group is active What good is a group if it's not active? If people come back to your group every day to find out what's being said and see what kind of links are being shared, they're more likely to tell their own followers about it. Step 5: Join other groups If you really want to grow your own Twitter group, you'll need to join others. See, most of the people who actually want to join groups are doing it already. So the best way to promote your own group and add members is to engage those people on Tweetworks. I joined four or five groups over the weekend. After talking with other members and coming to the realization that we had similar interests, I asked them to join my own group that I created earlier in the day. By Sunday night, my small Tweetworks private group of 3 had ballooned to 25 members.

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The maturation phase
Step 6: Move your group to Ning If you've grown a large Twitter group, it's time you break out of Tweetworks and create a full-featured group that appeals more to your members. If you've never used it, Ning is a service that allows you to create a hosted social network, complete with blogs, videos, photos, events, and other features that you simply won't have available to you in Tweetworks--for free. Even better, it's just as simple to set up as Tweetworks and in a matter of minutes you can modify its design, add modules, and secure a unique URL. It's the best tool available to shoulder the desires of a large Twitter group, thanks to its customizability. Step 7: Get back to marketing and tweeting Now that you've relaunched your Twitter group on Ning, you'll need to start marketing it and tweeting about it again. Since Ning offers so many more opportunities for your group to communicate and connect, you'll need to market the new features. Once again, get in touch with your Twitter followers and tell them about your new and improved group and be sure to make it clear in any outgoing e-mail that your Twitter group has become a full-featured social network. Knowing video and photos have been added to a niche group makes it even more compelling for potential group members. Step 8: Capitalize on Ning's power Now that you have a more powerful group and more users are signing up each day, make sure you and your group members use the site's new features. What good is a blog, video, or photos section if you're not using them? I've found that Ning social networks are best when users are actively using all the features. And since much of the content will probably be tailored towards the group's interests, users should find the photos and videos compelling. Step 9: Don't stop tweeting Although it might be tempting, you can't spend all your time in your group. Twitter is designed to be a community for everyone to share ideas and if you're not an active part of that community, your group won't grow nearly as quickly as you might like. You can't lose
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sight of the fact that without Twitter, you wouldn't have a group. Staying active on Twitter can keep any online group growing. Step 10: Have fun Until groups make their way to Twitter, you'll need to find a way to connect with followers and discuss topics that you really care about. There's no better way to do that than with the help of Ning and Tweetworks. And once you get some users into your group and start messaging back and forth about common interests, you'll see why harnessing those tools' power to form your own group was worth it.

Anita Campbell’s Method using TweetChats4
What is a Tweetchat? A tweetchat is simply an organized group chat that takes place using the Twitter platform. Participants use an assigned hashtag (say, #sbbuzz) for their tweets during the discussion. Here’s a message containng a hashtag to identify it as part of the tweetchat:

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Use of the hashtag code is how other participants follow the discussion. Here’s how one person responded to the above question, using the same hashtag:

It’s even easier to follow the discussion if you use a Twitter tool that shows you only those tweets with the hashtags you’re interested in (more on tools later). That way you can isolate the discussion from everything else going on at Twitter. Tweetchats are organized events that occur at a set time. Example: Tuesday evening from 8 to 10 PM Eastern. To participate, you just need to be using Twitter at the assigned time. What is the format of a tweetchat? The organizer of the tweetchat establishes the format. The format can be as creative as you’d like. Here are some common formats for tweetchats that I’ve seen:
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freeform discussion – everyone jumps in and starts chatting
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structured agenda – the organizer asks questions and gives participants a set period of time to answer featured speaker – speaker offers advice or answers questions posed by the audience

Often the organizer will set groundrules at the beginning. Typical groundrules might include:
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the first 10 minutes are for introductions no pitching your business until the last 10 minutes take banter or irrelevant discussions offline, so as to not hijack the chat

Because tweetchats are so interactive and real-time, the organizer often invites participants to suggest questions or discussion topics during the tweetchat. That way participants can help shape the direction of the chat. Flexible and convenient Tweetchats are extremely convenient and flexible. As a participant, you can jump in and out of the discussion whenever you want. Or just follow along silently and watch. You can multi-task, say, responding to emails while still keeping one eye on the discussion. Your time commitment is flexible, too. Stay for the entire thing. Stay only for 15 minutes. It’s totally up to you. How do you separate the TweetChat discussions from nonrelevant tweets? The trick to participating in a tweetchat is to be able to isolate the tweets made by the chat participants, from all the unrelated tweets on Twitter. You want to see only the tweets relating to the tweetchat you are part of. Here is where a good tool comes in handy. Luckily there are some excellent free ones.

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My favorite tool for chats is TweetChat.com. It’s dirt simple to use. You just sign in to a chat room on Tweetchat.com with the proper hashtag.

TweetChat.com makes it easy to isolate the tweets relating to that chat from other discussions on Twitter. All you will see on your screen are the tweets using your tweetchat’s assigned hashtag.

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Another tool is Tweet Grid. Tweet Grid is notable because it lets you follow multiple chats simultaneously on a split screen.

There’s also TweetDeck. TweetDeck is a downloadable twitter client for Windows and Mac that also lets you isolate chats on your screen. If you don’t want to use a tool, you can follow along using Twitter Search. Keep a search window open on your chat’s assigned hashtag.

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8 things I learnt about using twitter as a participation tool5
March 1, 2009 by Olivia Mitchell

1. Design your presentation for Twitter
I used two strategies that took into account that my audience would be tweeting. These are the strategies: 1. Break up your presentation into small sections. Use the breaks between sections to pause your presentation and respond to questions or issues raised on Twitter. I had three sections and took a twitter break after each one. 2. Have “tweetbites” scattered during your presentation. Tweetbites are soundbites (under 140 characters of course) that will get picked up and tweeted by your audience. Repeat your tweetbites so that people can tweet them easily.

2. Encourage your audience to tweet
3. Let your audience know you would like them to tweet during your presentation and tell them exactly how. Set up a separate hashtag for the presentation. If your presentation is part of a conference with its own hashtag, I still recommend a separate hashtag for your session. That will ensure you can follow just the tweets for your session. 4. To set up a hashtag, first follow @hashtags, it will automatically follow you back. Then you simply create your hashtag by typing a hash symbol in front of your chosen tag. You can search the hashtags site to ensure your tag isn’t already in use. We found it took several hours for twitter search to pick up on our hashtag, so I recommend doing this the day before your presentation…

6. Let go of the illusion that you might know more than the audience
5. Twitter allows the audience to offer their expertise. This happened almost immediately in my presentation. We had set up a search for #prescampo at www.search.twitter.com to
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Using Twitter & 3rd Party applications to get results before/during/after the meet show the twitterstream. We used a firefox plugin called Reload Every to refresh the page every 10 seconds. Within a couple of minutes of starting @Jeffhurt (who participated remotely from Texas) suggested we use www.tweetchat.com. Wow! That was so much better. It refreshed itself as soon as new tweets came through and has a tweetbox so that you can also tweet from the page and it automatically adds the hashtag. [To view a screencast demo of TweetChat, go to http://www.screentoaster.com/watch/stVkJTS0VLQVtYRVVfW1xc/tweet_the_meet] [for the rest or the article, go to http://www.speakingaboutpresenting.com/audience/twitter-participation-presentation/]

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