Last week, I used Facebook to conduct an interview with Ben Lumley from 6 Aliens.
I chose Facebook to conduct the interview because of its live chat feature. And I chose a live chat format over sending prefab questions via Email because live chat gives you the spontaneity factor – both for the interviewer and the interviewee when answering questions. This makes for a much more interesting, authentic and interactive interview.
Now, you may be thinking – why didn’t you just call the guy or use Skype? Well, because I wanted to use a transcript of the conversation to create a blog post interview, a text based option was best.
So, if you’re going to do an interview where you would like to use the transcript of your conversation, here’s how to use Facebook to conduct the interview:
Step 1 – Arrange a Time to Connect on Facebook
You can use whatever method you like to arrange a mutually agreeable time for your interview. Interestingly enough, I used Twitter to schedule a time for me and Ben to meet up for a chat on Facebook (Twitter is useless for threaded conversations but good to get in touch with someone if you use the @reply or Direct Message options).
Step 2 – Initiate live chat
Once you and your interviewee are on Facebook at the same time, Facebook’s default option is to list you as online in the live chat area. Click your friend’s name on the list of folks who are online and BAM – you’re live chatting.
Step 3 – Select the text/transcriptOnce you have concluded your interview, you can select the text in the chat window by positioning your cursor where you want to begin copying and double clicking your mouse. Next, scroll down to the end of the transcript. Press your shift key and then give one left click of your mouse. You should have the entire conversation now selected in blue.
Step 4 – Copy and Paste the Transcript in a text editor
With your transcript text still selected from Step 3, right click and choose copy. Open your favorite text editor and choose – Paste – BUT BE SURE TO CHOOSE unformatted TEXT – otherwise your pasted transcript may be pasted in table form. Every text editor is different but the screenshot below is how to paste unformatted text in WORD.
Step 5 – Edit your text and create your Blog Post
So, once you have your text in an editor, it is very easy to edit it however you wish. You can move quotes around if a standard timeline doesn’t work with your post. Or you can delete sections and highlight buzzworthy quotes , etc. NOTE: be sure to get permission from your interviewee to use direct quotes and direct copies of the transcript.
Once you’re happy with your edited transcript, you can copy and paste it into your Blog’s post editor for further HTML editing, if necessary.
So, that’s How to Use Facebook to Conduct a Blogger Interview…Any questions?
What method do you use?