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.
Do you prefer Tweetchat to Tweetdeck?
Yes, when I am participating in chats, I generally will have several windows open. I use hootsuite to see my mentions, but I like tweetchat because it automatically hashtags my tweets. When I don’t use it, I sometimes forget to hashtag.
Hi Amber, thanks for this post. I also work with and participate in several online Twitter chats and on one of the chats I assist #kaizenbiz, we have just begun to use @Storify to create an edited transcript. Great tip about using the favorite option on Twitter to mark tweets to use in a transript.
I also like that Storify transcripts of chats look more professional. You could show it to a potential sponsor and have them understand it, unlike a raw twitter transcript.
Our chat has a “framing post” that goes up in advance of the chat which includes a few links and the questions to get people thinking. So in my transcripts, I include the link to the framing post (with a line of text to tell people what it is) then I introduce and link to the articles that were in the post. I like that, in storify, those links actually show the headline and first few sentences of the article, it gives people a clue – rather than just a shortened twitter or bit.ly link.
I think in my initial storify chat transcript, I put way too much in. I tried to get ALL answers to each question, and to kind of “thread” the comments – if someone later in the chat added an answer to questions 1 (while the chat was on Quesiton 2) – I would move it into the Question 1 section. But that took too much time. I do however run a search for the term A1, A2, A3 – which we ask our participants to use to preface their answers. That way I can scan down and maybe catch some I missed and didn’t favorite.
We also use @TweetReports / tweetreports.com (the $9/month level) to create a complete transcript, as some people prefer that. You can get an HTML transcript and a PDF version at that level. You just have to filter the results to do your chat hashtag search a few hours before and after your chat to accommodate differing time zones. I also like that Tweet Reports gives us the number of people who participated, the number of tweets, and the number of replies and retweets. It helps us track engagement and participation. The site Hashtracking’s free report (which only lasts a half-hour), also provides “reach” which is an impressive number, if a bit of a fuzzy number.
I am not affiliated with any of these services, and Amber, sorry fr a comment that is longer than your original post. Cathy Larkin
Cathy, thanks for sharing your insights in your comments. I agree, it can be a bit difficult to string the tweets together as they happened (especially when people jump in late). I have found when I do it as the chat progresses, instead of at the end, it is a bit easier for me.
Great info Amber, Cathy thanks for the added input. I plan to experiment with Storify.
Joe, it seems like you could do a daily/weekly/monthly (whatever frequency you’d prefer) recap of the usguys stream and/or chat.
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