Hello! After nearly 3 years, I’ve decided to resurrect this blog. There are various reasons for choosing to do this now. I’m overseeing the setting up of a new library and information service, and am therefore thinking about lots of new things. I’ve just properly started on CILIP chartership – I registered in February, but haven’t really got very far up until the past week or so. Finally, in the past few weeks I’ve registered for 2 conferences, having not attended one for a couple of years, and am feeling a renewed enthusiasm for my CPD.
This evening I attended my first #chartership twitter chat. I’ve previously used Hootesuite for twitter chats, but decided to try out another tool I’d heard of for this evening – Twitterfall. Tweets fall into the Twitterfall screen a bit like a slow waterfall.
You can choose which tweets you see with a list, search or location and you can exclude searches too. There’s also tick boxes to add tweets from your timeline, that you’re mentioned in or your direct messages. I just used a search for #chartership and missed some replies to my tweets that were missing the hashtag. Now I’ve found the mentions tickbox I’ll use that as well for chats so I don’t miss helpful replies!
I like how tweets fall slowly onto the page slowly. If lots of people are tweeting at once you don’t get overwhelmed. I’m quite a slow reader and the default speed worked for me, but you can speed it up if you want. Once I’d worked out symbol that looks a bit like a refresh button was a ‘View conversation’ button, that was useful too.
I also realised partway through the chat that if you’re hovering over one of the tweets in the fall, the fall is paused so you don’t get any new messages. This is a really useful feature if you’re taking a bit longer to read a tweet, trying to catch up with them or contemplating a response. However, if you find yourself wondering why no one is tweeting, check you haven’t left your cursor hovering over the fall.
When you hover over a tweet an arrow appears at the right hand side giving you various options – DM, Follow, Favourite, Reply, Retweet, Report and View. You can follow, favourite, reply and retweet satisfactorily from within Twitterfall, but when I tried View it took me to Twitter and when I returned to Twitterfall it started the fall all over again. So, if you want to view someone’s Twitter page, I’d open the View link in a new tab/window. One thing I found quite frustrating was that you don’t get a normal mini profile when you hover over someone like you do in Twitter – the pop up you get is missing their picture and blurb.
Overall, Twitterfall worked really rather well for following a twitter chat and I’ll be using it again.