Why #votingmatters – Intro to Twitter chats

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W H Y   # V O T I N G M A T T E R S  –  I N T R O   T O   T W I T T E R   C H A T S

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The next Why #votingmatters chat begins at 6.30pm on Sunday 01 March 2015.

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If you’ve not taken part in a Twitter chat before, you’ll need to have a Twitter account, which you can set up via the Twitter homepage. Twitter has a very useful Help Center that shows you how to set up your account as well as other useful information for getting started.

Once you’ve got a Twitter account, you’re good to go!

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Twitter chats take place at a specific time and can take place at a regular time/date or as one-off conversations.

What is a Twitter chat? It’s when a group of people all tweet about the same topic using a specific hashtag (#), which allows the conversation to be followed on Twitter.

The specific hashtag for the chat will be #vm15chat  – that’s currently unique on Twitter. This will make it easier to follow the chat, especially if you haven’t joined one before.

Here’s a short extract from one of our previous Why #votingmatters chats, to show you what a chat looks like:

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Please note we will now be using #vm15chat for our chats.

 

 

What’s next?

Follow @Emilymatters to see the question(s) as they come in.

We will then begin to RT responses as well as respond to the contributions made:

  • You can reply direct to the question tweet (using A1, A2 or A3 to questions 1, 2 or 3 is helpful as it helps us collate the conversation)
  • Or you can start to follow #vm15chat instead and get involved in the conversation by responding to others who have already replied
  • When you reply to a question or to another person in the conversation, please use #vm15chat

 

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Some more Why #votingmatters chat information: 

  • The chat is 30 minutes – however, it’s fine to continue the conversation afterwards
  • There will be 3 questions
  • Follow @Emilymatters for the questions & RTs
  • You can also take a look at the #vm15chat hashtag
  • Reply directly to the question or to someone else’s response & include #vm15chat in your tweet
  • The chat will be moderated – but if you see an inappropriate tweet, please let us know @Emilymatters
  • And if you can’t join us this time, we’ll be sharing a storify afterwards

There’s some more helpful information about getting involved in a Twitter chat here.

Otherwise, please get in touch with @Emilymatters and we’ll see if we can help.

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#Votingmatters is a new campaign from #Emilymatters. which champions gender equality and encourages young women to vote, ensuring that legacies of women, such as suffragette Emily Davison, are not forgotten.

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We’re developing the format in response to your feedback and ideas, so please do get in touch.

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Led by young people, it’s an open platform for discussion for all – across the UK and beyond.

Together we can make a positive difference, just like the suffragettes, whose creativity and solidarity saw them through the worst of times and brought about change for good.

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With only 39% of women aged 18-24 voted in 2010, it’s time for #DeedsANDWords.

 

Wherever you in the world, whatever your age or background, be in no doubt that your voice matters.

 

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Join our next Why #votingmatters Twitter chat on Sunday 18 January 2015 GMT – follow @Emilymatters.

 

Kate Willoughby
Actor & Writer of Emily Wilding Davison play To Freedom’s Cause

 

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Emily Davison’s legacy is for life, not just for 2013.

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