If you’ve ever been on Twitter and happen to catch a bunch of tweets which seem to be a conversation and use the same #hashtag, you’ve just experienced a Twitter chat.
A Twitter chat is a scheduled (typically an hour) time when a group of Tweeps get together to discuss one particular subject whether it’s marketing, finding a job or favorite recipes.
The cool thing about a Twitter chat is that they are open to all and provide great opportunities to learn, network and promote your own brand and expertise.
While not a new phenomenon, Twitter chats can be intimidating for the novice and even experienced chatters are on the lookout for tips to getting more out of each chat.
Below, I’ve gathered the whys and how-tos of Twitter chats for your Friday pleasure.
Oh, and if you participate in, or run, a great Twitter chat which you think other folks should know about, please mention the #hashtag and usual meeting times in the comments section. Thanks!
Why Should I Participate in a Twitter Chat?
As I mentioned above, Twitter chats provide great opportunities to learn, network and promote your own brand and expertise. But don’t just take my word for it:
How Do I Participate in (or Start) a Twitter Chat?
Whether you want to be a participant or start a Twitter chat of your own, these links are chock full of advice and tips:
10 Steps to Creating a Successful Twitter Chat – Tips from the founder of one of the most successful Twitter chats ever, #blogchat
And here’s a handy guide to all those acronyms you see used in Twitter chats (and online in general):
And last in this section, but certainly not least, the ultimate list of Twitter chats for your participation pleasure. This is free and constantly updated on Google Docs:
Tools for Twitter Chats
There are many tools which you can use to participate in Twitter chats. I’ve listed a few below, but would love to hear from you if you have a favorite tool or method you use to participate in Twitter chats which I do not mention. Use the comments section below to share. Thanks!
This first list contain links to tools which allow you put on “blinders” so you can view a Twitter chat stream with no distractions:
If you just want to use your regular Twitter client, these tools allow you to create specific columns based on a #hashtag search, an ideal way to track Twitter chats.