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YouthMin.org just had a recent #Tweetchat that was amazing and so many people had so many unique and wonderful comments and experiences to add to the discussion. The benefit of these are universal. We learn about current youth ministry ideas and trends in so many different venues and geographic locations and you gain great ideas for doing ministry better as well as a variety of philosophies to approach youth ministry.
We have already shared with everyone on five rules to have a great Twitter chat. After a few rounds of actually experiencing these #YouthMin #TweetChats, we want to offer four more suggestions to have a great experience.
@reply to @Youth_min To Avoid Spamming Followers If you answer a question on our tweet chat solely with the #hashtag #youthmin and do not reply to anyone, every follower you have will see your 30+ tweets you post during the tweet chat. But when you @reply to someone, only those that follow both you and the person you are replying to will see it. And most likely if they follow both of you, especially if they follow @Youth_min, they will be a part of or want to be apart of the tweet chat. This cuts down on people being annoyed at you and losing followers. Short version: always include an @reply.
Use A Tweetdeck #youthmin List. YouthMin.org provides you with a CoverItLive app so that you can solely follow the Tweet chat. The problem is that it has a slow refresh rate and there is a significant lag between things others post and what you have to say. Instead, I highly suggest using Tweetdeck and adding a column that filters #youthmin tweets. (Another alternative is to visit tweetchat.com and search #youthmin. This as well has a slow refresh rate, but includes the hashtag for you when you respond.)
Add People That You Interact With. We are not saying to add every single person that participates in the Tweet chat, but when you have sidebar dialogues with people, you should seriously consider following them and even subscribing to their blog, if they have one. Not only do you find like-minded individuals, but you can continue the dialogue on those sidebar conversations at a later time.
Turn Off Notifications On Your Mobile Device. If you do not want your iPhone or Android to freak out during the Tweet chat, turn off mobile notifications on the Twitter app.
Spread the Word. These things are seriously a great resource for Youth Pastors and Youth Volunteers. Everyone’s voice is heard just as equally, and the more diverse the backgrounds of the answers, the greater the chances of learning for everyone involved. The last few have had over 20 involved, but it would be great to be closer to 50.
What else would you share to have a good Tweet chat experience?