Basic Guide To Twitter Chat

October 29, 2014


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What’s This?

One distinct way brands can network and discuss shared interests with employees, customers, or potential customers in real time is to participate in Twitter chats. A Twitter chat is a pre-arranged chat on Twitter through Twitter updates that include a predefined hashtag for each tweet to connect tweets together in a conversation.

Twitter chats are organized in advance and scheduled to take place at a designated time. They either include a particular topic of conversation and are moderated by a specific leader or involve a spontaneous discussion between participants. A moderator will pose questions that are designated with Q1, Q2, and responses include A1, A2, etc.

The term tweet chat (also a third-party Twitter application) is sometimes used in reference to impromptu Twitter discussions using hashtags that have not been pre-arranged.

Finding Twitter Chats

Janet Fouts suggests clicking the hashtag on a tweet to see all of the recent tweets around that Hashtag. “If you try to follow the chat from your own timeline on the Twitter web site you can, but if it’s a big chat you can quickly lose the thread of the conversation. Fortunately there are a number of sites that allow you to follow the chat only and participate more easily.”

You can review a list of scheduled Twitter chats on Google Docs, and find hashtags that interest you on or

* Chat Salad

chat salad The real-time homepage for Twitter Chats

A great place to find chats that are currently happening or taking place in the near future.

* Tweet Reports

tweet reports

Great listing of Twitter chats.

* Twubs

twubs for hashtags

A website where you can register a hashtag has an easy-to-read and thorough listing of chats.

Buffer Social Has Listed 10 Tips for Twitter Chat Participants

1. Give your Twitter followers a heads-up before you join a Twitter chat (“High tweet volume warning”) and share an invite to join the chat if it might be of interest to your followers.

2. Reply directly for targeted conversations with one or two people.

3. Include a “.” in front of an @ if you want your tweet to show up in all feeds. (Don’t worry if you’ve flubbed this in the past; it’s one of the most common Twitter mistakes!)

4. It’s OK to dip in and out of a Twitter chat. Drop by for the time you have and don’t feel guilty if you can’t stay for the whole thing.

5. Be polite and positive! 🙂

6. Don’t be afraid to contribute and jump in! It can be intimidating, but trust me, the moderators and participants will be glad to hear from you!

7. When answering a specific question or comment from another participant, use Twitter handles to identify who you’re speaking to in order to avoid confusion.

8. Remember Twitter chats are about connecting and learning, not selling your product. Use the time to provide as much value on the given topic as possible and show your expertise without over-promoting.

9. Always include the chat hashtag in your responses.

10. Follow up with people after the chat! Keep the conversation going or get to know fellow participants on a more personal level. You never know what new connections you can make!

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