Instructions for Contributors

Hello contributors!

First of all, thank you very much for proposing your paper for the fourth Public Archaeology Twitter Conference! You took a leap of faith! This is an experiment, but, having been inspired by the World Seabird Twitter Conference, it makes sense to share and adapt (i.e. nick) some of their hints and tips from their experiences.

You have been given a time slot in which to tweet your research based on your geographic location. Make sure your account is not private and your tweets are not protected, otherwise those watching will be unable to see them.

It helps to draft your tweets ahead of time in order to avoid issues during the event. I find having them in a Word document can be useful, as then you can cut and paste – as well as edit the tweets in advance. We would like you to include the hashtag #PATC5 in each tweet, so that all tweets are easily found by anyone watching during and after the event. Please also try to use the hashtag in any discussions, although this may not always be possible.

    • Presentations have 15 minutes each and you are allowed a maximum of 20 tweets. Tweet regularly during your slot if you can – if you have 20 you may need to speed up, which will then allow some time after the session for questions or comments – people may carry on commenting for days afterwards, so expect some traffic to your Twitter account after your paper is delivered
    • Every tweet should be numbered (1/20 for example) and contain the conference hashtag #PATC5.
    • Please thread your tweets carefully i.e.  reply to yourself with each tweet, so that they are displayed together on Twitter – and again don’t forget to hashtag each tweet!!
    • Make sure your images are accessible, by following the guidance from Twitter on picture descriptions here 
    • Please read these guidelines and these guidelines from the RNIB about making your Tweets and GIFs accessible.
    • Consider your punctuation and use of capitals, and provide meaningful alt text for images and gifs.
    • For inspiration, you can check through the hashtags of past #PATC, #PATC2, #PATC3, and #PATC4!
  • Your paper should start with an introductory tweet – tell everyone about yourself, your paper and what you are going to talk about
  • Links, videos, gifs and images are encouraged! You can add screenshots of powerpoint slides, or pages of text if this helps your argument and you need space
  • PLEASE do not over run your time slot. It gets chaotic if this happens, and makes it harder for people to follow.
  • You may experience some nasty comments or strange retweeting. Sadly, this is not unusual for Twitter. Please let us know if you have any problems, and we will report the accounts to Twitter.
  • If at any point you have connectivity issues, please email Lorna or Jim and we can make an announcement so people watching don’t think you have disappeared!