This week’s Keep It Simple Post is to offer tips on using Storify to create a tweetchat transcript. I am fortunate to host a couple of tweetchats and participate in several others. It seems that many of the chat transcripting platforms have gone by the wayside and it was a struggle to create a transcript at the conclusion of a chat, which what prompted this post. (You can also apply these tips to create a Storify post about a particular hashtag, your general tweet stream etc. Storify also integrates with other social media platforms, but this post will focus solely on using it with Twitter to create a tweetchat transcript.)
If you are interested in learning more about Storify, they offer a guided tour on their website. In order to try out the tips in this post, you will need to create a Storify account. (I am not affiliated with Storify in any way, just have found it to be a helpful tool.)
The simplest way I have found to create a transcript for a tweetchat:
- Open Tweetchat (or whichever platform you use to chat…hootsuite, tweetdeck, etc.) and select the appropriate hashtag for the chat.
- During the chat, favorite the tweets that you wish to include in your Storify post.
- Open Storify, click “Create Story”, populate the headline/description information, click the “twitter” icon and then click favorites.
- Scroll down to the time when the chat started, click and drag the tweets from the right column into the left column. *If you don’t start at the bottom, the transcript will be in reverse chronological order, which isn’t very logical…pun intended:)
- You can insert text above tweets, which is very good place to indicate the questions that were being answered throughout the chat. (An example from SMChat) You can pre-populate this information before the chat if you prefer.
- You can also include text at the bottom, offering your conclusions or indicating when the next chat will occur.
- Most important tip: Click Save Now frequently throughout your creation process in order to preserve your work.
I actually go through the process outlined above as a chat progresses, but you can do it during or after, whichever works best for you. If you elect to do during the chat, it is best to have 2 windows open; one for Storify and one for your chat platform.
I hope that you find these Keep It Simple Tips helpful, please feel free to add your insights below or ask any questions you may have. Happy Friday!
**Bonus hint: If you don’t want to use the “favorite” feature, you can choose to “Search” the hashtag that you would like to create a transcript for (you can even do a keyword instead of a hashtag) and then simply click the tweets you want to include in your post and drag them into the left column. It is important to do this during the chat or right as the chat concludes, especially if people use the hashtag frequently because the stream will continue to grow and it will make it difficult to get to the tweets from the chat.