These are a few of our top tips that will help you get involved in an OTalk tweetchat, if you have any questions that are not covered in this guide, please feel free to get in touch.
OTalk happens every Tuesday evening on Twitter, 8-9pm UK time. The topics are mostly suggested by a member of the OT Twitter community and supported by a member of the OTalk team.
You can check out the upcoming chats on our calendar.
Prior to the chat a blog post will be put up in the OTalk website with details of the topic, some background and a list of questions that will be considered during the chat. This will give you a good indication of what to expect and allow you time to consider opinions, reflect on your experiences of the topic or think of some questions you might like to ask if you are not familiar with the topic.
If your account is usually protected (i.e., if you have a padlock next to your handle), people will not be able to see your tweets. Be sure to turn this protection off if you plan to participate and want people to see what you have to say. There are instructions for turning protection on and off here.
The OTalk account will tweet out reminders and comments promoting the chat, the host and the topic throughout the week leading up to the chats, so keep an eye out.
You may want to follow the @OTalk_ Twitter account, members of the team, and the host of the chat to be sure you don’t miss anything. You can find the host on the title of the blog post or in Tweets leading up to the chat.
At 8pm the host and the OTalk team will be online. We usually start off with some introductions to see who is joining in and then will start with the questions.
To participate, simply follow the questions and tweet your replies and thoughts to the questions or other peoples tweets. Please remember to add the hashtag #OTalk to all your tweets so that those participating can see what you have to say. If you clink on the OTalk hashtag and click latest you will be able to see all the tweets in time order and see what others have to say.
You may find the chats alittle fast paced at first but it gets easier with time and the OTalk team are on hand to support you and the community is very helpful and welcoming as well.
At first you might find it easier to engage in one question at a time, you will find people will tweet you back and a discussion will happen, so don’t feel like you need to answer the next question if you are enjoying a conversation on a different question.
At the end of the chat you can complete a short reelection on your participation and learning and then print off a certificate for your CPD. We also have a certificate for those who have hosted.
A few days following the chat we will post a transcript that details all the tweets, number of participants and impression. And then it all starts again the following Tuesday!
If you have any questions feel free to tweet the team account @OTalk_ or any of the organising team who will be happy to help… we are @Helen_OTUK, @kirstyes, @GeekyOT, @GillyGorry, @OT_Rach, @OTontheTracks and @Kirstie_OT.
Please remember that if you choose to participate or host a chat and have an open profile all your tweets will be made public. This means your tweets will be added to our transcript and may also be visible via other applications and sites.
With this in mind please consider your code of ethics and professionalism when tweeting and remember that confidentiality is still applicable on line as it is in practice, so please be respectful of your peers.