This Monday, I participated on the #MiFiMon Twitter panel about Women and Microfinance. #MifiMon stands for Microfinance Monday, but is shortened due to the restrictions in text length in Twitter posts. Here is a link to the tweets from the discussion on Twazzup.
For those of you who have not yet heard of Twitter discussions, it is a way have a real-time discussion about a certain topic on Twitter. During #MifiMon we discuss microfinance. #SocEntChat is another discussion about social entrepreneurship. Using the hashtag #MiFiMon, we tag each comment so that it can be found in Twitter searches. Twazzup is a service that helps isolate and track a real-time discussion on Twitter. I found it to be a little slow to update, but that could have been because I’m in Cusco and it might have been the internet connection.
Twitter chats (just like any type of discussion, conference, workshop, etc) link your organization with your field of work. Your thoughts, opinions and links shared in chats can engage new and current supporters with your organization. I received some new Twitter followers during this chat, and most of the are work in the field of microfinance or are interested in the topic. Since I am a Kiva Fellow, I shared stories that my colleagues and I have written during our time in the field from the Kiva Fellows Blog.
If you are interested in going one more step and host a Twitter chat, here’s a blog post from @johnhaydon with a video on How to create successful chats on Twitter with hashtags
I also wrote the summary of the #MiFiMon discussion after the chat. Below is the summary –
REPOST FROM THE OPPORTUNITY INTERNATIONAL BLOG
Interested in learning about microfinance? Follow our biweekly Twitter discussion group #mifimon (because Microfinance Mondays was too long for Twitter’s 140-character limit). Our aim is to host an exchange of ideas about issues relevant to the microfinance industry. You’re welcome to lend your voice, whether you’re a practitioner in the field or a newbie just learning the basics. Just end your messages with the hashtag #mifimon!