A week from today, Monday June 25th at 3 PM BST, Research In Motion will be hosting a Twitter chat with the EMEA VP of marketing, Rory O’Neill. Rory will be giving his views on the future of mobile computing, as well as future developments for the BlackBerry platform.

So how do you ask Rory questions? Simply submit a tweet with the hashtag #BBRoryChat. Rory will then try to answer as many as he can. Here’s what RIM says about the whole deal:

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What is a Twitter chat?

A Twitter chat is an online conversation that takes place among a group of people on Twitter about a specific topic of interest. A hashtag, created by adding the # symbol to the beginning of any word, is used to keep track of the conversation. In this case, we’ll be using this hashtag to track the discussion: #BBRoryChat. You’ll need a Twitter account to participate. If you don’t have one, you can sign up at Twitter.com.

How do I participate?

We’ll be asking a list of questions from our @BBEMEABusiness Twitter handle. Rory (@roryponeill) will be answering questions from you! If you have a question for Rory, an opinion, a story, or advice during the Chat, we want to hear from you! Twitter chats can become a great source of knowledge when people like you share their experiences.

Choosing the Right Tool to Track the Chat

To help you follow the conversation, we recommend using TweetChat, and we will be setting up a page to track the Chat. From this site, you will see the real time conversation of all tweets with #BBRoryChat. If you are logged in with your personal Twitter account, you will also be able to post all of your tweets directly from the site. Another way to track the chat is by searching #BBRoryChat in the search bar at the top of the Twitter homepage.

Best Practices

  • Make sure to follow the host @BBEMEABusiness since we’ll be asking most of the questions that you don’t want to miss!
  • Make sure you use the hashtag #BBRoryChat in all of your tweets. That is how others will know that you are participating in the chat, and it will also allow your tweets to be aggregated into the chat stream.
  • Remember that tweets are only 140 characters. If it seems a little difficult at first, don’t worry – all participants are condensing their thoughts too.
  • Differing opinions are always okay, but express your feelings in a courteous manner, please.
  • Retweet great comments and engage with other participants.
  • If you still have more information to share or questions to ask, you can always carry on the discussion on our BlackBerry for Business LinkedIn® group.

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