Posts Tagged ‘TweetDeck’

#tourismchat is a biweekly twitter chat focusing on Social Media in the Tourism Industry. It’s held on Thursdays at 2pm CST. If you’re not familiar with it, this is your personal invitation to participate, or at least lurk, in the chat!


If you use TweetDeck or HootSuite, set up a search column for #tourismchat. My preference is TweetDeck as it brings in new tweets automatically in real-time.

If you don’t use TweetDeck or can’t keep up with the constant tweets, try TweetChat. This site automatically adds the #tourismchat hashtag at the end of every tweet, which is a great benefit. Tip: sign in with your twitter account and move the refresh speed down to 5 seconds.


  1. #tourismchat is FREE.
  2. CVBs and others in the tourism industry share their social media knowledge and experience. For free.
  3. It’s like attending specific social media sessions at tourism conferences but better.
  4. And if you needed another reason:

So please join us this Thursday, September 1, at 2pm CST when we chat about the use of multimedia (obtaining and using photos, videos, podcasts, etc) in the tourism social space.

Of course I’m partial to #tourismchat but feel free to check out these other Travel Chats on Twitter too.


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Tweeting DIYA lot has changed in the social media world since October 2010 but most of the basics in Hashtaggery (how to create a hashtag for your event) have remained the same. Here’s an update:

1. Think: choose a hashtag that can easily correlate to your event

What type of abbreviations can you use? If there will be live-tweeting at your event, make sure you choose something that can be easily typed. Keep it short and sweet but not so short that it becomes confusing.

Should you use the year in it? I’ve seen a lot of hashtags that use “2010″ or just “10″ as a date. Twitter search history lasts only a few days so there’s no need to differentiate your annual events by adding the year to your hashtag. Remember that people will be live-tweeting and it takes an extra step to add numbers on a mobile device.

The thought process behind this hasn’t changed. Since my original post, I’ve upgraded to an Android phone (from a Blackberry) so typing numbers in a hashtag is more difficult now but my keyboard (Swiftkey) auto-suggests words and hashtags so leaving off numbers in a hashtag is not as crucial. Just keep in mind whether you want to use the hashtag year-round or only specifically for the conference.

2. Research: are your choices already being used? (more…)

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Yesterday’s #tourismchat focused on social media time management. You can read the entire chat transcript but if you’re pressed on time, here are a few of the highlights:

  • If you need to link networks to update at the same time, be selective and only do so if absolutely necessary. Having your blog automatically post to twitter and Facebook is one thing but Facebook fans do not like twitter and twitter followers do not like clicking a link that takes you to a Facebook post.
  • Now that I’ve said that, both HootSuite and TweetDeck can be used to update multiple networks. Ping.fm does the same thing.
  • The general consensus was that most chatters prefer HootSuite over TweetDeck. (more…)

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I “like” a lot of CVBs on Facebook. Ok, that’s probably an understatement. The truth is that I’m a fan of hundreds of CVBs. As you can imagine, I see a fair share of the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to CVB Facebook posts.

It takes very little effort to create a quality post. Sure it’s easier to link your Facebook updates to your twitter account or to use tools like HootSuite or TweetDeck to update your Facebook page but it’s well worth the extra minute to create an engaging posts that contains a link, image and quality copy. (more…)

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