Innovation writer Juliet Barbara highlights #ideachat in Forbes and describes the network potential of Twitter Chats. "Twitter, in its ideal state, is a liquid network. It brings disparate people, organizations and ideas together in a sort of “primordial soup” of idea creation and sharing. ... Because of the diverse group of people a Twitter chat can bring together in an open, “liquid” environment, there’s potential for those serendipitous connections that just may complete an idea."
In his book Where Good Ideas Come From, Steven Johnson writes: “...most great ideas first take shape in a partial, incomplete form.” … “Liquid networks create an environment where those partial ideas can connect... they help complete ideas."
Twitter is a liquied network. How do we curate and capture these ideas around an interactive experience? This is where Twitter chats come in using hashtags.
1. Choose a chat. I follow #edchat and #edtech, but use other hashtags depending on the content.
2. Follow a chat. If you are not sure what chats to follow, follow the people who are chatting about the things you are interested in.
3. Participate in the chat. If you like something someone tweeted, retweet it or reply to them but remember to use a hashtag to keep the chat going.
When Joel started Buffer, its aim was to help you schedule Twitter updates for smarter sharing. It’s come a long way since then, and now we have lots of features to help you improve your social media presence across a whole bunch of networks.
Maree Conway's insight:
While this is selling the advantages of Buffer (which I use every day), the points made are useful ones for anyone using Twitter with any tool.
"If you’re as busy as I am, you don’t have time to spend all day finding content, and managing your Twitter account. Steven Hughes wrote a great post a few weeks ago about how to manage Twitter efficiently, and spoke about Twitter tools. I’ll expand more on that topic in this post. There are plenty of Twitter tools out there that make it a lot easier for you to do your daily Twitter work. Here are some of my favourite Twitter tools for content and account management that I could not live without:"
"Over the last year I’ve built up a number of different methods for doing this, as well as ways to keep to both high frequency and high quality. I’ve found 15 times per day a good number to aim for, since it is a Tweet every hour in the peak times of the day for my followers, and once every two hours at other times. With my spontaneous Tweets from random thoughts during the day too, and speedy replies to any @replies, I’ve found it to be a great approach which I’m very happy with and is manageable."