Tuesday, June 8, 2010

#IDzinechat – Back by Popular Demand! – Date and Time? Help us to decide! Looking for Guest Hosts, Too!

1.What is #IDzinechat?  It’s a forum, on Twitter, where consumers can ask question about their interior design projects/needs, and a team of industry experts will share the answers.  No gimmicks, no solicitations, no charge!  We’ll answer in the 140 characters or less – the length of a Twitter post.

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2. - What’s the purpose for arranging this tweeting of tips?  We, the interior design experts, aren’t just going to begin randomly spouting out ideas in effort to promote our businesses or services.  We are really interested in engaging with the you, the consumer, by finding out what you want to know.  How about that?  Free design advice, based on your needs.  Can you believe it?  We really want to hear your questions so we can provide better and more pertinent information.  As mentioned, earlier, we’ll have interior design experts who are well-versed in everything from: eco friendly-design, color science, kitchen & bath design, remodeling, new home construction, universal design, furniture & product design, aging-in-place, organization, space planning, home accents, permanent finishes, to window treatment experts, and the list goes on.  What a unique opportunity to share this experience with the design trade and your friends!

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3. – How to follow the tweets.  While pulling this off might seem complicated, it’s actually quite simple.  In Twitter, there is a little tool we refer to as a hashtag.  A hashtag means there is a #sign in front of a phrase or word which makes it easier for readers to track conversations, topics, communities, and other events.  In order for consumers and designers to be able to follow our timeline, we created the hashtag, #IDzinechat.  Some helpful places to follow the conversations would be either on TweetChat:  http://tweetchat.com/room/idzinechat or Twubs:  http://twubs.com/idzinechat  Remember, in each tweet, whether it’s a question or a response, please be sure to use the hashtag so everyone can follow the conversations.

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4.How will this be hosted/moderated and announced?  For each chat, there will be a group of design experts, who will have a predetermined regular date and time for the chat.  We’ll take turns being the host/moderator for the event.  If an expert agrees to host/moderate the chat, they will also be responsible for promoting the date and time.  Other experts will help to retweet – aka – repeat their announcements so more followers will be made aware of the information.  A specific topic can be set or it can be a totally open forum.  The consumers will ultimately decide on topics, via their questions.  The designated #Idzinechat host will promote the day and time, prior to the event, using the hashtag in twitter posts.  The design chat date and time will continue to be announced, so everyone, both designers and consumers, can plan to be on Twitter, at the same time.  About thirty minutes before the magic hour, the chat host will begin announcing for folks to prepare to join in.  (A little tip for all – use #IDzinechat in each of your tweets.  Everyone can follow the questions and answers, more readily.  We may miss you if you don’t use this.)

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I’m @WandaSHorton on Twitter.  Interior Designers – come join in!  Consumers – come share with us! 

Watch for an announcement on Sunday, June 13, 2010 for the schedule and more info.

Tweetfully yours!  Wanda - #IDzinechat first host – Creator of #IDzinechat:  Leslie Carothers - @tkpleslie on Twitter

(Please note, the occurrence or promotion of this event provides for no financial compensation for any of the participants.)

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