Twitter chats have been around for a long time, but they have recently gained popularity and more people are participating in them. Twitter chats are a great way to connect with like-minded people and to build a community with those people. Twitter chats occur every day and at many different times, which is what makes them appealing to users. You can chat about social media on your lunch break or about blogging while catching up on your favorite prime time show.
The great thing is you can find a Twitter chat around just about any subject area that you’re interested in. There are many topics to choose from like blogging, entrepreneurs or technology. You may be wondering why participating in a Twitter chat matters and the answer is simple: twitter chats are the fastest and easiest way to connect with people who are just like you.
So, you’re ready to join in on your first Twitter chat and you sit down at your computer or open up the Twitter app on your phone and watch as the moderator tweets out the first question. Suddenly, the hashtag is moving faster than you can refresh the page and before you know it they have moved on to the next question and people are tweeting or re-tweeting like crazy. Are you feeling overwhelmed?
Twitter Chats are meant to be a fun and easy way to connect with an audience or community, not an overwhelming experience. That is why I have complied the best tips and tricks for joining a Twitter chat.
Ten Tips for Participating in a Twitter Chat
1. Always use the chat hashtag in any responses related to it! This is very important because it helps those following the hashtag to know you are participating and to connect with you.
2. Retweet or Favorite the Question Tweet so that you can easily refer back to it.
3. Reply to that tweet with A1 (which stands for “answer” and the associated number relative to the question) or simply the number of the question they currently addressing. This way people who are following the feed can see you answer.
4. If you’re starting a tweet with a mention of someone, include a period – “.” – in front of the @ symbol if you want your tweet to show up in all feeds. Otherwise it’s hidden from the main news feed of your followers. Don’t worry if you forget to do this. It is a personal choice.
5. If someone replies to your tweet, try to reply back. It is polite and a great way to make a connection!
6. Don’t forget when replying to someone to remove other users from the reply if it doesn’t apply to them. This avoids confusion about who you are trying to talk to and helps other users notifications from becoming overwhelmed.
7. Always stay positive and polite. You are leaving an impression on possible client or business associates. Leave the best impression possible.
8. Don’t feel guilty if you can only catch part of the Twitter chat. Everyone leads busy lives and understands that sometimes you just can’t devote a full hour to Twitter.
9. Do not join a Twitter chat only to promote your product or service. Instead, use it as a time to show off your expertise in a field and gain connections.
10. Did you make connections with people during the chat that you may want to get to know better? Follow them, tweet them or send them a direct message! Twitter chats are to promote a community and related ideas, so keep it going even after the chat ends! Check out applications like Tweetdeck or Hootsuite. You can set up feeds and follow along easier with Twitter chats. Twitter chats are one of the fastest ways to connect with many different people about specific topics or in a specific niche.
Finding a Twitter chat to participate in
With so many Twitter chats going on it can be difficult choosing which one to participate in. I have compiled a list of Twitter chats that relate to business, health and personal care. I have highlighted just a few of the many Twitter chats, but these chats are a great way to get started and see why so many people enjoy participating!
*Note: I have put all times into Eastern Standard Time. Please change the times based on your time zone.
#InspireChat is a chat about self-growth, kindness and other topics that foster more balanced lives. It is hosted by Joanne Cipressi (@JoanneCipressi). This chat is currently on hiatus until September 2015. 12:00PM-1:00PM ET
#CreativeCoffeeHour is where you can go to chat about blogging, business and the creative hustle. This chat is meant to connect you with others who just get it. Run by Callie Gisler (@calliegisler).9:00PM-10:00PM ET
#HealthTalk is a nutrition chat on getting in shape and eating well. This chat is ran by Bonnie Taub-Dix (@eatsmartbd), a nutrition expert and Everyday Health (@everydayhealth). 1:00PM-2:00PM ET
#BBGchat is a weekly chat geared towards spiritually-conscious women entrepreneurs. Topics include how to increase impact, influence and income. This chat is ran by Tai Goodwin (@TaiGoodwin) 8:00PM-9:00PM ET
#BufferChat is a chat ran by Buffer (@Buffer), a social media management platform. In their twitter chats they discuss social media, productivity, apps and other things related to how you can keep your online brand running strong. 12:00PM-1:00PM ET
#createlounge is a Twitter chat dedicate to bringing together bloggers and creative entrepreneurs who are passionate about their work. Topics include blogging, branding, business, social media, community building, the creative process, and more. This chat is run by Kayla Hollatz (@kayla_hollatz). 8:00PM-9:00PM ET
#SmallBizChat is a weekly twitter chat where small business owners from across the U.S. and the world come together to discuss issues related to running and growing a small business. This chat is run by Melinda Emerson (@SmallBizLady & @smallbizchat). 8:00PM-9:00PM ET
#nectarchat is another Twitter chat that focuses on bloggers and entrepreneurs. Topics are about social media, blogging and entreprenuership. Run by Melyssa Griffin (@NectarCollect). 8:00PM-9:00PM ET
#B2BChat is a chat meant for business to business marketers. You can follow the main account for the chat (@b2b_chat) or the moderators (@andrewspoeth, @b2bento, @cuferg, @wittlake, @dannyhanssel and @kipmeacham). 8:00PM-9:00PM ET
#HootChat is run by Hootsuite (@Hootsuite), a social media management system. Their chat focus on social media, personal branding and other important parts of maintaining a strong online brand. 3:00PM-4:00PM ET
#HERChat is a chat dedicated to helping women and educating them about their health. This chat is run by EmpowHER (@EmpowerHER). 7:00PM-8:00PM ET
I hope that this list helps you with finding a starting place for participating in Twitter chats. This is just a small list of the many Twitter chats going on daily, so don’t forget to be on the look out for new and exciting chats to join!