Let’s Get Chatting
Posted by My Life in 'The Hills'
Twitter has become a household name and is nothing new to most. I have tweeted for a while not, but had not truly jumped on the bandwagon until recently. In the last couple of months I have really become excited about using Twitter to not simply keep up with my friends and favorite celebrities, but to be a voice for my passion…agriculture. As I began to follow agriculture communication professionals, organizations and magazines I came across @agchatfound. The Ag Chat Foundation has a mission to empower farmers and ranchers to connect communities social media platforms. Through this mission they created @agchat, a weekly conversation for folks involved in the business of growing food, fuel, feed and fiber. This chat is held every Tuesday night from 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. ET. This vitual conversation allows people from all over the world to share ideas and viewpoints about issues facing the agriculture industry. #AgChat is the largest online Twitter community dedicated to getting the conversation started. More than 2,000 people from seven countries and four continents have taken advantage of this social media outlet.
Ag Chat Foundation also started a sister chat, known as #FoodChat. This forum takes place every third Tuesday of each month, in lieu of #AgChat. Topics are geared towards consumers, nutrition pros and foodies. This is such a cool opportunity for people to actually “meet a farmer” and learn from each other. Both chats utilize a moderator who posts using @agchat or @foodchat. The moderator announces the chat topic, poses questions and may ask for clarification on specific posts.
If you are new to this form of chatting the folks at Ag Chat Foundation have listed a few tips to help make the process fun and easy:
- Introduce yourself, your connection to ag, affiliation, etc., even if you come in late.
- Always use the #agchat or #foodchat tag.
- Stay on topic or ‘respect the chat’ as some like to say.
- Watch for questions to be posed from @agchat or @foodchat (moderator will typically announce question is closing & next question is on the way).
- Use the questions number (ie: Q1, Q2…) in advance of your response so that people trying to follow the conversation later can identify what you are responding to.
These tips can be applied to any chat you join.
Both chats are powered by www.tweetchat.com. All you have to do is login to your Twitter account, choose a hashtag to follow you find interesting and begin conversing in real-time. Chat forums are created on various topics. Specific topics are chosen and questions created related to that topic. Questions are posted and are answered during an allotted amount of time. Followers are encouraged to answer and comment as much as they want. Another forum host can be found at http://twubs.com. Both outlets keep you tuned in to the quick moving conversation.