The other day someone asked me is it really possible to have a coherent conversation in Twitter. For people who want to hang on every word they might be disappointed. However, with an organized set of questions and a “hashtag” like say… “#knitchat, it’s easy to follow a twitter conversation. Hopefully these quickly answered questions can help paint a better picture of what this looks like. The first time I tried it I was scared, I’ll be honest. But once I got used to the Zen-like approach to letting chatter/tweets flow over me, I became addicted to this form of conversation online.
How do I follow along or contribute to discussion in a #knitchat?
How the conversation works. With every tweet you want to contribute to the discussion type in #knitchat at the beginning or end it doesn’t matter.
When you search for this #hashtag (#knitchat) in Twitter and refresh the search, voila… you will see a stream of tweets shared by your fellow knit tweeters.
Depending on the number of participants and how fast they tweet the stream make flow pretty quickly, but that’s okay. You can always look back at the stream after the chat is over to catch any valuable links, photos, or pithy humor your fellow knitters may be sharing
How does the numbered question thing work in a Twitter discussion?
During the chat one or two people may moderate the chat by sending out a discussion question out every ten minutes or as needed. They label these questions with a number. For example if I ask people Question #2…the following exchange might take place
@Cloudynatknit: QUESTION POST - Q2) What is your favorite standby knitted holiday gift? #knitchat
@Afakeknitter: Q2 Washcloths accompanied with a lovely bar of soap #knitchat
@KnitterX: Q2 -Hats and mittens with personalized tags #knitchat
If you get lost in the case of our #knitchat discussion, always look for the text “QUESTION POST” when scrolling through the recent chat/tweet history.
What are the questions for #knitchat? NOTE THESE ARE OLD QUESTIONS FROM THE 11/18 CHAT.
For those of you who like to prepare in advance… I’m posting them here.
Q1) Introductions? Who are you? Ravelry ID or handle?
Q2) What is your favorite standby knitted holiday gift?
Q3) How do keep your holiday projects organized? Stay on task? Methods? Tools?
Q4) Do you have any holiday gift fails? What were they?
Q5) Do you have any other coping strategies?
Q6) Any cool quick knit patterns you want to share? Any cool gift ideas for knitters you want to share?
Do I have to participate?
No absolutely not… lurkers are most welcome. I do suggest that if you want to connect with other knitters to introduce yourself. We all love you, after all, you’re a knitter. Can’t wait to see you there.