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Let’s set up an #OrkneyHour Twitter Chat…shall we?

By Naomi Bremner, Mar 20 2014 10:58PM

Over the last few years many folk may have heard of the regular monthly Twitter chats, such as #ScotlandHour and more recently #ScotFood chat, the latter of which caught my @OrkneyBuffalo-attention when I was excitedly and unsuspectingly roped in to co-host an Orkney and Shetland-themed chat in February.

It was a great, whirlwind hour that made lots of exciting connections. It was scheduled for 9-10pm, and so I had the kids nicely tucked up in bed, and with a pot of coffee ready, but made the mistake of not switching the house phone to silent, and so as it happened spent nearly 40 of the 60 minutes on the phone…grrrrhhhh…trying to multitask! Thankfully I had pre-scheduled the questions to appear on time, but next time, I must get organised with some answers in advance too, as well as switching off that phone!

The regular Twitter monthly chat #ScotlandHour gets together to discuss a theme related to visiting Scotland. And #ScotlandHour now has a worldwide reach, and the Scotsman today reported on how #ScotlandHour had convinced a Texan to emigrate.

The idea of the #ScotFood Twitter chat that I participated in was to encourage those who grow, produce, prepare, use and enjoy Scottish food to meet once a month on Twitter. The aim being to get to know each other better, to open our minds to new opportunities to work together and to promote the diversity of Scotland’s natural larder.

Hence came the idea for an #OrkneyHour, to bring together all those living, working, or with an interest in Orkney, or who are planning or might like to visit in the future. We could chat about any Orkney-based topics.

To make the #OrkneyHour work, we need a handful of folk to regularly turn up to host the chat and to participate. What do hosts need to do to be involved?

1. Sending some Tweets out in the days leading up to the chat encouraging people you know to join in and inviting others.

2. Tweet the questions out during the hour.

3. Answer questions from participants.

4. Keeping an eye out for “spam” on the tag and blocking users.

5. If you write a blog, write about the benefits of joining in the #OrkneyHour chat

Can you help us? Would you like to host? Answer by Tweeting @NaomiBremner or @OrkneyBuffalo or comment below.

And importantly, suggestions for themes and questions please, and when would be the best time for folk to have the chat?

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