How You Can Make the Most of #WebSeriesChat on Twitter

Why #WebSeriesChat?

Over a year ago Patrick from Slebisodes and Stephanie from MingleMediaTV decided to host a weekly chat to help bring together independent filmmakers, writers, actors, fans, producers of web series to share ideas and build community.

Initially, we were pulling in guests which was really fun to meet people outside of the LA web series world and then we would have topics from funding to marketing to budgets. But sometimes it gets old. We have always been open to suggestions from our community and have supported community events from festivals to Celebrate the Web.

With that said – there are some rules of the road that we all should follow. Here’s the business side of my brain along with feedback we’ve seen from others in the community who have tried to join the chat but have found it somewhat disjointed at times.

We are not “Cat Herders” 

  • We announce via Twitter and Facebook the topic of the day before #WebSeriesChat starts, we also tweet it during the chat – so @MingleTVNetwork @Slebisodes or searching on #WebSeriesChat in Twitter will provide you with what we are talking about for that week.
  • If we have an invited guest, we encourage you to join in the conversation and ask questions about their series or expertise.
  • We ask that you keep OFF TOPIC conversations off #WebSeriesChat during the hour – you are free to chat with anyone on Twitter – but keep the #WebSeriesChat hashtag off if it is not related to the current topic
  • We ask that you keep your promo tabled until the end of chat as the last 5 minutes are dedicated to self-promo.

Respect your fellow creator.

Twitter is not like a BlogTalkRadio or Stickam show where the hosts can hold the conversation / topic without being interrupted by the chat room. In a Twitter chat – your off-topic tweets are in the stream. These tweets to other participants are a distraction and are disrespectful to the guests who have agreed to join the chat and share their expertise for that brief time period.

  • If you don’t like the conversation topic – then don’t use the #WebSeriesChat hashtag and hold your own conversations separately.
  • If you don’t like the conversation topic – and have a topic you’d like covered – tweet to @Slebisodes or @MingleMediaTV and suggest it for coverage for a future #WebSeriesChat session – that way your topic will get the attention it deserves
  • The weekly #WebSeriesChat is hosted by @Slebisodes @MingleMediaTV and we’re the hosts and the leaders of the “show” – so respect us, the guests and or the topic selected for the week – we’re trying to support the community and it is not all about YOU when it’s time for the weekly #WebSeriesChat on Twitter – it’s about the topic/guest.

With that said – we are huge supporters of the Web Series community – we provide services to many web series by promoting their series through listings and hosting on our respective sites. We are panelists at festivals and industry events and have made the weekly chat something we didn’t give up on like so many others before or during us – it’s not easy to promote and hold chat every week – and we do it. We also are trying to bring NEW people into chat so you are exposed to other ways to launch your series successfully.

You may agree that sometimes the topic has been beaten to death over and over  in chat and nothing new is shared – hence the need to come up with new and fresh topics that are planned by @Slebisodes & @MingleMediaTV for that next #WebSeriesChat.

There are other weekly chats from other industries on Twitter and they are very focused and the audience is very in-tune with what is going on for that week. We want #WebSeriesChat to be fun and engaging – but if you aren’t happy with the topic, you don’t have to stay and disrupt it – we won’t hold it against you.

We want to make this chat something that helps all involved with web series meet new people, learn new things and we always welcome your suggestions AHEAD of TIME to making it even better.

Thanks for participating and supporting the weekly chat.

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New Live Streaming Show Launches “Mingle Media Momma TV” hosted by Five Top Lifestyle Mom Bloggers

The “new” Mingle Media Momma TV #MMMTV show is a live, streaming web TV show featuring 5 unique moms with 5 strong opinions covering fashion, beauty, fitness and nutrition, with personal videos, behind the scenes, special guests and weekly giveaways.

Mingle Media Momma TV

Mingle Media Momma TV

Online media and interactive web TV network, Mingle Media TV, announced today that beginning Wednesday, June 14th 2011 they will be broadcasting the live streaming video web TV talk show entitled “Mingle Media Momma TV” weekly at 8:00 PM EST / 5:00 PM PST at http://www.minglemediatv.com/minglemediamommatv.html. “Mingle Media Momma TV” will air LIVE while simulcasting on the iPhone, Blackberry, Android, and other smart phones via the free Stickam.com app and archived for on-demand replay through Blip.TV, Boxee, and Roku or as an iTunes podcast.

The new Mingle Media Momma TV Weekly Hour Long LIVE Streaming Show will be hosted by:

* Bailey Vincent Clark of Makeover Momma: Bailey is a homeschooling, work-at-home mother of two girls under the age of 5. She plans on adopting more kids in her future (hopefully) and talks about her child’s special needs, relationships and healthy lifestyle changes with zero filter.

* Linda Rihani of Baby To Be TV: Linda Rihani (successful host of the popular show Baby To Be TV) is infamous for her personal Vlogs and video of reviews of the best in baby products. Proud mother of two little ones (a boy and a girl), she is an experienced 3D/4D Ultra Sound Technician (so trust me, she knows babies!)

* Lara Dipaola of Chicken Nuggets of Wisdom: Founder of Chicken Nuggets of Wisdom and mother of 4 (spanning from teenage to toddler), Lara is not only an experienced writer and parent, but takes on motherhood with humor. She lives by the Marilyn Monroe quote “it is better to be ridiculous than absolutely boring”… and that’s why I love her!

* Jennifer Gerlock of Hip As I Wanna Be: Even though we love to tease her for being a former beauty queen and running marathons (yes, she really is that cool), Jennifer is best known for her insightful website Hip As I Wanna Be. She documents her beauty, heath, business and parenting pursuits (she is the mother of 10 and 12 year old boys!)

* Kristi Bartlett of Creative Kristi: Kristi isn’t just creative because of her amazing crafting abilities and blogging skills, but also because she is a stay-at-home-mom of two (under the age of 3- eek!), and a military wife to boot (she deserves a medal already). Her personal motto is: “When life hands you lemons….. decorate with them!”

“We’re excited that two of our existing shows have teamed up and added three more hosts to bring an hour of lifestyle programming – mommy style to a broader audience each week,” says Stephanie Piche, founder and CEO of Mingle Media TV. “Our audience loved interacting live with Linda and Bailey on their weekly shows and the addition of Jennifer, Lara, and Kristi will round out the topics and reach a larger group of women who want to connect socially while being entertained.”

Watch “Mingle Media Momma TV” weekly at 8:00 PM EST / 5:00 PM PST athttp://www.minglemediatv.com/minglemediamommatv.html, to view the show and chat live with hosts, Linda, Bailey, Jennifer, Lara, Kristi, and the other members in the audience via text and video chat. To find out more about “Mingle Media Momma TV”  visit their site athttp://www.makeovermomma.com/makeover-momma-tv/.

Mingle Media TV has successfully used traditional and social media marketing techniques to build and grow awareness for their community online. Many of the MMTVN shows have national sponsors that benefit from both the live web show audience on Mingle Media TV to the creators own community where daily mentions, blog posts and recommendations are authentic and powerful. Mingle Media TV founder, Stephanie Piche, believes it’s important to bring back sponsorships and use the conversation that social networks offer to build awareness and commerce. Piche has over twenty years experience in bringing startups and products to market and has created and managed branded campaigns with great success and has seen first hand how the power of investing in content not ads builds a brand name authentically and exponentially.

About Mingle Media TV
MMTVN is an online media and interactive web TV network that executive produces, curates, and broadcasts 75 weekly web series shows along with entertainment industry event coverage. Our video coverage, web series and live broadcasts are promoted via Twitter, blog posts, Facebook and other popular social networks; in addition to airing live on the iPhone, Blackberry, and Android platforms and syndicated through Blip.TV and over 15 syndication sites including AOL Video, YouTube, Samsung, Vizio, MeeFeedia, Blinkx, Daily Motion, Boxee, Roku and as an iTunes podcast. Our audience reach online is over 250,000 weekly views of our video coverage, web series and live broadcasts and are currently in the top 20,000 websites in the US. MMTVN’s live web TV shows feature lifestyle subject matter experts and social media content providers from celebrities, authors to bloggers including executive producing two shows with Emmy award winners. MMTVN has expanded its curation of web series with a growing number of independently produced shows from science fiction to drama, action to teen soaps now playing on the network. In addition to curating produced webseries, MMTVN is promoting and securing sponsors for INDIE creators. MMTVN also covers Hollywood celebrity and charity events from the red carpet and behind the scenes. MMTVN has covered the Oscars on the Red Carpet along with Golden Globes, IPTVFest, HollyShorts, LA Shorts Fest, AOF Fest, Daytime Emmys, Saturn Awards, Streamy Awards, People’s Choice, NAACP, SAG , plus numerous Web Series Premieres and A-list Celebrity Fundraisers. Mingle Media TV is also sponsoring the Audience Choice Category in the New Media Film Festival for Web Series Creators. For more information, please visit http://www.minglemediatvnetwork.com.

Celebrate with Mingle Media TV Network and our Web Series TV Show Creators!

We’re celebrating independent producers and creators of web series, live and produced on the Mingle Media TV Network! Hope you enjoy our video card highlighting those who are with us today and ringing in the New Year with us in the future.

Over the holidays… please tune in and

Watch our LIVE Web TV Talk Shows: http://www.minglemediatv.com/MMTVNProgrammingTopics.html

Watch our Web Series: http://www.minglemediatv.com/WatchWebSeries.html

Watch Red Carpet Coverage: http://www.minglemediatv.com/RedCarpetReport.html

If you’re interested in having your own web series – live or produced hosted and promoted by Mingle Media TV Network… click here and tell us about it.

Don’t forget to WATCH and VOTE for the Audience Choice Awards in the New Media Film Festival’s 2011 Event… sponsored by Mingle Media TV. Over $9K in prizes.

Filmmakers… enter your projects in the New Media Film Festival, Los Angeles 2011 program here:

Deadlines for submission are as follows with additional category information available online at the festival website:
– Earlybird Deadline: January 15, 2011
– Extended Deadline: April 15, 2011

The New Media Film Festival is an IMDb qualifier festival helping filmmakers with distribution, monetization and exposure to a wider audience while being judged by top industry leaders. With over $12,000 in prizes and a wide variety of categories for filmmakers to submit to, the Festival highlights the winners in a “Best of” tour while curating their content for future reference and other opportunities. Industry support for the festival include entertainment and technology professionals from Industrial Light & Magic, Pixar, Summit Entertainment, and United Talent Agency to name a few. More info: http://www.newmediafilmfestival.com