Want to Talk about Art & Framing – Twitter Chat

Starting in May, American Frame will be doing a weekly Twitter chat. The chat will be on Thursdays from 12:30pm to 1:30pm and we will be talking (or rather tweeting) about art and framing.

What is a Twitter Chat and how can I participate?
A Twitter chat is when a group of people follow a hashtag and participate in a Twitter discussion about a certain topic. During our Chat we will be talking about Art and framing and to follow and participate in our chat you need to follow the #AFchat hashtag.

The chat is run by a moderator, in this case @AmericanFrame, who asks a different question at 5 minutes intervals during the hour long chat. The participants then can participate in the chat by RTing tweets and responding to tweets while using the hashtag #AFchat.

Your Twitter Settings
To participate in a chat, your privacy settings on Twitter need to be adjusted so that your tweets are visible to the public.  To check this, open up your Twitter profile, click the little gear at the top right, then click settings from the drop down menu, then click “Security and Privacy”. Scroll down the page and be sure the “protect my tweets” box is not checked.


Third Party Apps to Chat
During a Twitter Chat, a lot of tweets are made using the hashtag, so it is advisable to use a Third-party app to follow along such as Hootsuite.com or tweetchat.com

Using Tweetchat.com for our Art Chat
Go to Tweetchat.com and click the “sign in” button at the top right of your screen.  You will then be prompted to sign into your Twitter to authorize the app to use your Twitter account or to just authorize the App to:

  • Read Tweets from your timeline.
  • See who you follow, and follow new people.
  • Update your profile.
  • Post Tweets for you.
Don’t worry, the app isn’t really going to do any of that stuff, rather you will be using their site to participate in the chat rather on Twitter itself.
Type in the hashtag #AFchat into the very top search bar and you will then begin to see all the tweets that use the #AFchat hashtag.
The site is pretty easy to use, I am sure you will get the hang of it pretty easily.  Just be sure all of your tweets use the #AFchat hashtag.  Also if you see a tweet that you like, it is great to RT the tweet, and then to reply to it (again use the hashtag in the reply so everyone can see your conversation).

Using HootSuite for the #AFchat
HootSuite is a third party social media tool that allows you to monitor not only Twitter, but other social media channels such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+.
I like using this because you can add and watch multiple columns to your screen.  For instance I would probably make one column the chat hashtag, one column the moderator name, and one column your @username so you can see when others mention you, and will be able to respond accordingly.

Other sites to use:
You can also join the chat by going to twubs.com or twchat.com. Use whichever platform you feel most comfortable using.

At the Onset of the Twitter Chat
Be sure to say hello to everyone at the beginning of the Chat by making a Tweet like:
Hello everyone, so glad to be participating in today’s #AFchat with @AmericanFrame
Also, you may want to put a tweet out to your followers that you will be participating in a twitter chat over the next hour so a lot of Tweets are going to be coming from your profile. You can also take this time to invite your followers to the chat.

All in all, Twitter chats can be a fun way to talk about a topic, meet some people interested in the same thing as you are, grow your own network and have some fun.  We look forward to chatting with you!
@AmericanFrame #AFchat Info
When: Thursdays 12:30pm- 1:30pm EST
Hashtag to follow:  #AFchat

See summaries of our other twitter chats below:

Understanding, Using and Transporting Metal Frames
Glass Vs Plexiglass on #AFchat
Sharing Art We Love on #AFchat 8/7/2014
#AFchat: Developing a Winning Featured Artist Submission
AFchat: An Inside Look at Frame Design with Susan Losco from Nielsen
Introducing the New Featured Artist Program on AmericanFrame
History of Metal Frames on #AFchat
Facebook Marketing for Artists - #AFchat 6/19/2014
10 Things You Could Have Learned from #AFchat Art and Framing Twitter Chat, Thursdays at 12:30 EST

AubreyK | 4/15/2014 10:38:49 AM | 2 comments
American Frame
It really does get pretty fun! We enjoy it.
7/17/2014 3:18:58 PM

This seems complex, but once you've done it the first time it's pretty self-explanatory. Plus it's fun to join in!
7/15/2014 9:41:02 AM

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Laura Jajko

Join in and let’s bond over our love of art and framing. Here, I’ll be sharing design inspiration and decisions, twitter chat summaries, and happenings with the company, among other things. With more than 40 years of practical experience, I bring a unique perspective in a straight-forward style that I hope will spark lots of interesting and relevant dialog in our online community.

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