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"TwitterTalk" Got People Talking

Community & Social Media

Event Highlights:

50 Twitter curious people attended last night's TechSoup Canada - Toronto Net Tuesday, "TwitterTalk"; at the Centre for Social Innovation. A panel of Toronto Twitter leaders presented about their successes and challenges of using Twitter to connect, build community, encourage involvement, and to fundraise.

TwitterTalk Panelists:

TwitterTalk Atteendees were encouraged to live Tweet comments and questions using hash tag #TONetTue. Here are some of the most 'share worthy' tweets, and direct questions from the audience:

  • @techsoupcanada: any tips for keeping tweets fresh and interesting, but without excluding non-twitterers? (ie can't rely only on twitter)
  • @techsoupcanada: what is the balance between a professional account (ie @techsoupcanada) and individuals' personal accounts (@jzhang99)
  • juliannasculpts: Worst thing to do on Twitter is to ignore questions and negative feedback (but must handle well!) @SarahPrevette #TONetTue
  • evelynso: @bataclanc For hashtag, check out Try search for #tonettue to see tweets about this evening's event. Hope this helps!

Learning Take-aways:

All four panelists offered great insight into using and managing Twitter. The following were some of the best highlights:

  • "Determine what your social media (Twitter) community wants and respond accordingly" - Sarah Prevette
  • Be transparent at all times – Elena Yunasov
  • Don’t be afraid to acknowledge that twitter doesn’t work for your organization. – Evelyn So
  • You never know who will respond to an open call for volunteers, don’t be surprised at the response- Jane Zhang

The event hand-out suggested the follwing Twitter apps:

Community Highlight:

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About Toronto Net Tuesday:

Toronto Net Tuesday is a technology learning event sponsored by TechSoup Canada. TechSoup Canada provides charities and nonprofits with--community support, learning content, and access to over 300 donated products, from 25 donor partners.