I was fascinated by what Dave Olson
, a director of Vancouver-based Hootsuite, had to say. Condensed down, he urged us all to use Twitter to do our pre-trip research by connecting with local experts at our destinations. Hashtags are the answer to success here and should include place and your interest. For example, . You need to manage the responses into "streams" on Hootsuite using one stream per hashtag. Once you have collected a few locals who're interested in your quest, invite them to meet you in a group after you arrive. Dave suggested we ask them to bring images to show us and interview them to record their wisdom. Local experts bring authenticity to your articles, blog posts, images, tweets, etc.