Friday, February 24, 2012

Let's Chat! (Twitter Chats)

I've had an account on Twitter for a long time, but only recently started using it regularly and exploring the possibilities. The other day my friend sent me this article, which talks about something I hadn't heard of before: Twitter chats. These are essentially set "meeting" times with an assigned hashtag so that anyone can participate or simply keep track of the conversation. There are hundreds of Twitter chats going on at any given moment, and they are organized around all kinds of topics. So how do you go about finding a chat that's right for you? A good place to start is this spreadsheet (linked to in the original article).

I have used the hashtag as a search function before, but it never occurred to me that it could be used for real-time discussion. Now that I know they exist, I'm definitely looking forward to joining some of these chats! There's even a service, TweetChat, that makes it easier to participate by automatically adding the hashtag for whichever chat you're participating in to your tweets - all you have to do is log in using your Twitter handle and password.

If that spreadsheet is a little much for you (it was for me - there are over 500 chats listed), here are several other articles to get you started:

Forbes, "How Twitter Chats Will Open Your Mind and Network"
(Original article linked above)

ReadWriteEnterprise, "How to Get Started With Twitter Chats"
(General advice and a list of popular chats organized by day and time)

Under30CEO, "25 Twitter Chats Every Entrepreneur Must Know"
(Includes several good PR, marketing, and social media chats, as well as things like advice for job seekers)

Social Media Today, "20 Game-Changing Twitter Chats"
(Also organized by day and time)

Social Fresh, "Twitter Chats, The Ultimate How To Guide"
(Just what it says - extensive advice on behavior and best practices for moderators and participants)

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