Some of us are new to the NTC or new to Twitter and other social media and, for some of us, the 17NTC is our first conference experience all together. Our nonprofit tech community likes to use social media a lot during the NTC—tweeting, posting, liking, and re-sharing like whoa.
Here are some lessons learned and helpful tips for using social media to make the most of your conference experience, some drawn from our community discussions.
- Use the correct hashtag: #17NTC. It’s easy to switch numbers and letters around, but then you’ll be getting updates about things like the National Theatre Conference. Which could be fun, but not what you’re looking for.
Navigate acronyms like a boss: Hashtag is #17NTC, shorthand is 17NTC. NTEN is the hosting nonprofit, NTC is the event. See you soon in DC!
— NTEN (@NTENorg) March 17, 2017
- Each session has its own hashtag, like #17NTCcookiemonster or #17NTCmoveoffline. Most attendees use the session hashtag as well as the conference hashtag to be part of the bigger conversation. Find it in the session description.
— Lizzie Kendrick (@eck659) March 25, 2016
- If you reply to someone and their Twitter handle is first in the message, it won’t appear on your own timeline. If you want it to appear on your timeline, put a period in front of the handle or move the handle to the end of the message.
— AmDeeLLC (@AmDeeLLC) March 17, 2017
- You can put the conference hashtag in your Twitter name when on site. It’s helpful for the readers at home who’re wondering where all the amazing activities are happening.
- Remember that your account has to be set to public for everyone to see your posts in the #17NTC hashtag (this applies to all platforms: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, etc.).
- Try not to check Twitter before bedtime. There’s a whirlwind of activity in the #17NTC hashtag, and as Cindy Leonard points out, it’s easy to get sucked in and stay up way too late.
- Did you download the app? You can connect your social media accounts so you can simultaneously post to both the app’s Activity Feed and to your Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn account.