Upcoming #CollabTalk TweetJam Topics
There are now 74 days left in the year, and my schedule is tightening up, with 28 of those days on the road (beginning tomorrow). Half of my day today was tied up in planning activities, the last task of which is to push out this post on the upcoming #CollabTalk TweetJam topics. As always, this is also an open invitation to anyone and everyone to participate. Hosted on Twitter using the #CollabTalk hashtag, simply pick your favorite Twitter tool, use our dedicated tweetjam site, or login via the browser and participate in the community discussion.
Participating in a TweetJam
I’ve been hosting these tweetjams since January 2012, and appreciate the support from the community, our sponsors, and all of those who have lent their expertise to these discussions. Personally, I always learn something from each and every one of these events, and enjoy the different perspectives and real-world examples that are shared. If you’ve never participated in a tweetjam, the format can be frenetic and, for those not used to the fast pace, difficult to follow along, but there are some tips and tricks to getting the most out of the discussion.
Over the course of the hour, I post 7 questions to the audience at regular intervals, and people respond. Each response includes (well, they should include) a reference to the Question number (A1 for Answer 1, A2 for Answer 2, etc.) and the #CollabTalk hashtag. This allows our ongoing sponsor tyGraph (@tyGraphTweets) to track and record all responses, providing amazing stats at the end of the event via Power BI. My best practice is to utilize the capacity of my dual monitors, leaving Twitter open on the right monitor and pointing toward the latest #CollabTalk hashtag activity and refreshing my screen regularly. On the left screen, I have a tweetjam page setup on my Hootsuite dashboard, which allows me to track all posts, mentions, direct messages, and any related commentary — and this is where I post each of my own responses to the questions and other participants. At the end of each event, I spend time going through the tyGraph stats, which now include a complete listing of all tweets (see tab 7), assuming people have used the hashtag.
The next tweetjam in our series is focused largely on Microsoft Teams, and the idea of a “hub for teamwork” and what that means. For example, I spent a few years building out project and portfolio management solutions, all of which had a knowledge/information management component. These platforms were generally aligned with the company intranets and extranets, and for employees and partners, these operated as the “hubs” of related product and project work. I’m interested to hear from the community on how they define “hub” and “teamwork” within their organizations, and which tools and best practices they rely on to keep people connected and collaborating. I’m leading a panel discussion on this same topic at the European SharePoint, Office 365, and Azure Conference in Prague in December, and hope to parlay some of this community discussion into the questions I pose to the panel later this year.
One of our annual traditions has been to follow the Ignite Conference with a CollabTalk TweetJam specifically reviewing the announcements and other news stemming from “the” IT Pro conference for Microsoft technologists, taking place once again in Orlando this November. I had considering holding this event the week following the event, but received early feedback from people that there was too much happening during the weeks following Ignite, and to give people time to digest the news and to review missed session recordings. Whether you are able to attend Ignite or not, this session should be invaluable to learn from the perspectives of our expert panel.
And finally, as we do every December, the last tweetjam of the year is set aside to discuss the biggest news from the prior year — and to speculate on what is ahead of us in the new year. This is ALWAYS our largest tweetjam of the year, with 50+ panelists and hundreds of thousands of Twitter profiles reached. For a one-hour session, we usually get somewhere between 8 and 12 million impressions. There are week-long events that do not achieve this number! I tend to use this final tweetjam of the year to reflect on the prior year’s predictions and how accurate/far off I was on things. Always fun.
And that’s it. That is our #CollabTalk TweetJam schedule to close out the year. In January, we’ll kick off our 9th year for these events, and I’d love to hear your topic suggestions, so please don’t be shy. I’m also planning to build into the monthly tweetjam schedule a live stream panel discussion (only 4 or 5 experts for this) directly following each tweetjam, giving us a chance to discuss each question beyond the Twitter limitations — and give shout outs to some of our favorite tweets from others within the community.
Watch for those invites!