Just prior to 9PM we’ll send out a reminder of the week’s topic and introduce the concept and ask a few questions for everyone’s discussion to get it all going.
If you have a blog, website or social channel that you want to share, please do so at the begining…but we’ll ask that you don’t do any selling of products or services. This chat is for discussion not sales.
There is no insulting, bullying or swearing allowed. If someone says something that you don’t agree with, respectfully say so and have a discussion. That is what this is all about…learning and sharing.
If a subject presents itself that you may have written a piece for feel free to share at the end of the chat using the #copchat hashtag. If you share it during the chat, it could be lost depending on the speed of the chat.
If someone tweets something that you feel compelled to RT, do it! But, make it even better by adding your own flavour to it, or conversely, if you disagree, say so and provide the reason why.
If someone disagrees with your position take the criticism professionally…no twitter fights. It won’t serve anyone with value. Take it out of the chat and have your fight without the hashtag. No one wants to see children fight…we want to see adults chat.
Finally…no tweet longer apps. Keep it under 140, no one wants to be clicking links to see the rest of your tweet. It will take people out of the conversation.
How to follow
You will want to use TweetDeck / Hootsuite / TweetChat to follow the #copchat and you may also want create streams to follow @christammiller , @t_burrows and your own ID to ensure you can follow the chat, the questions and any mentions of your own name.
What is #copchat?
#copchat is a weekly conversation that takes place every Wednesday night starting at 9pm Eastern, on Twitter. Each week we discuss a different topic from the world of policing, law enforcement and other like-minded industries as it relates to the use of social media, Internet, communications, community building, operations and investigations.
So what do you talk about?
Each week we’ll be picking a different social media topic that relates to policing, law enforcement and related fields. Sometimes we’ll chat about pre-determined topics and others, it may just be a free for all. We’ll be including industry and social media experts. Other times we’ll be chatting about the business of policing and how the use of social media can help create efficiencies and effectiveness. One week we might chat about how to optimize your social media presence for community engagement, the next week we might chat about how an organization can pick its social media team.
It’s ‘on Twitter’. How does that work?
Whether you are a seasoned social media pro, or brand new to the world of RTs, likes, followers, friends and subscribers, you know that there are a lot of conversations happening at any one time on Twitter and it can sometimes seem a little over-whelming.
By adding the hashtag #copchat to our tweets, it becomes much easier for everyone to keep up with the conversation and follow along with what’s happening! Think of the #copchat hashtag as an ‘identifier’ that we add to our tweets so that we can all be on the same page and not miss any of the great information and content. Later, you can search the term #copchat, you can quickly and easily see all the tweets that are related to our discussion!
Without the #copchat hashtag included in the tweets, the conversation could be scattered all over the place, and you may miss a lot of the conversation or worse, really confuse your followers!
What about security?
We ask those involved in #copchat to be mindful that this is an open forum that anyone can see and take part in, including the public. No one should ever be discussing investigative techniques, active cases, matters before the courts or anything that may identify an officer, their family or compromise the safety of anyone. #copchat is open so that we can all learn from one another about the use of social media.
Can anyone join #copchat
Yes. #copchat is open for everyone. One of the major attractions of social media use by police, law enforcement and similar organizations is to engage better with the public and open the lines of communications. #copchat can provide a relaxed and less regimented place for the public and police to interact and share with one another. Remember what Peel said, “The people are the police and the police are the people.”
What’s the structure?
There will be a structure on most night’s, especially when there are guest host’s. Those night’s it will be guided by the moderator’s via questions posed to the guest for their input first and discussion from there.
Other nights, it will be a simple open opportunity for anyone to chime in with content that is important to them, a question they might want answered with crowd sourced expertise and opinion.
Either way, the structure will be announced prior to #copchat that evening through a blog post here and tweets which will promote the upcoming chat the following week.
How do I follow along?
The easiest way to follow along is to by using a third-party platform such as TweetDeck or Hootsuite which allows for search columns to be created. Create a column using #copchat so you can see all the conversation in one place. You might also want to create a column with the Twitter ID of the moderator’s and or guest host and of course your @mentions so you’ll never miss someone chatting with you!
TweetChat is another great option that helps you stay on top of the chat and makes posting a breeze. ( http://tweetchat.com/room/copchat )
Where did #copchat come from?
Christa and I have been talking about doing this for about a year and finally, the talk has come to an end and the action begins!
Come on out and join us!