Do you know how to join a Twitter chat? I’ve been on the popular Twitter social networking platform since 2009 and have attended many of these fast-paced, Twitter chats. They are like going to your local networking meeting but from home via this feed!
They allow people who may not always get out there for meetings or other forms of offline interactions with clients/customers etc., To connect virtually anytime anywhere across borders without having any concern about language barriers – because everything takes place through tweets.
The best part is that it’s free–so if being reachable 24/7 by everyone else matters most then why wouldn’t we want to access these.
But what can Twitter chats do for YOU and your business?
Why Join A Twitter Chat?
- Meet and connect with others on Twitter.
- Learn from others.
- Help/teach others on chats.
- You can make more connections/friends – Networking through tweet chats.
- Gain more followers in your niche.
- Become a leader in your niche.
- Have fun on Twitter during Twitter chats.
- Increase your brand awareness.
What is a Twitter Chat?
Twitter chats are conversations that occur on Twitter at a designated date and time about a certain topic. Every Twitter chat has a hashtag, which allows anyone on Twitter to follow the chat or even participate. They are reoccurring each week on the same day at the same time.
To participate in a Twitter chat, you will need a Twitter account and these are FREE to join.
Check out the full schedule here! 👇 https://t.co/fyOSZue5ac
— Anthony Gaenzle (@AnthonyGaenzle) September 10, 2021
How to Join Twitter Chats
First, find the day and time of the Twitter chat you want to join. Know what the hashtag is. Then be sure to answer any questions with A1, A2, and A3, that correspond to the questions A1, A2, A3, etc. Each question has a number so when you answer you must use the A before that number.
Be sure to include the hashtag of the Twitter chat in each tweet that you send during the chats. That’s very important for others in the chat to see your tweets.
My friend Ivana below always reminds people at the beginning of each chat session:
— Ivana Taylor (@DIYMarketers) May 9, 2022
However, it is easy to forget to include that A# along the way as you want to respond quickly in the fast-paced conversations.
You may want to use your desktop and mobile device at the same time to keep up! That’s the best way to join a Twitter chat. Furthermore, remember you still cannot make an edit on Twitter though it may change soon.
The First Chats
The first one I participated in was Chasing Joy back in 2012. Her chats are inspiring thoughts on life. You’ll notice each Twitter chat uses a specific hashtag and lasts about an hour.
More Chats on Twitter
The next one I joined and have participated in regularly for years was the #BlogChat on Sundays from 9-10 p.m. (yes, past my bedtime too!) I really have learned a lot with this wonderful large group of bloggers.
Here are a few examples from this one:
Sadly, the blog chat has since stopped in 2021.
And then there was the first BlogEngage chat too on a Friday.
Great Twitter Chats Today For You
There are several today that are great to get involved in. They include:
Bizapalooza Chat – Every Tuesday afternoon at 2 pm and Thursday evening at 8 p.m. EST.
When faced with conflict, do you run towards it or away from it?
Join us at the #BizapaloozaChat UNPLUGGED on 8/12 at 8pmET/5pmPT to talk about Conflict and Compromise. #success #motivation #growth #leadership #peopleskills #selfawareness #conflictresolution pic.twitter.com/pQeMS1WcgR
— Bizapalooza (@Bizapalooza) August 11, 2021
AG Marketing Chats – Another great Twitter chat coming up is with Anthony Gaenzle that you won’t want to miss! His Twitter chats are on Thursdays at 2 pm.
Will you be stopping by the first #AGMarketingChats session this Thursday? Join us at 2 pm EST.
Check out the chat lineup here. https://t.co/fyOSZue5ac
— Anthony Gaenzle (@AnthonyGaenzle) August 14, 2021
VC Buzz – The folks at Viral Content Bee also has a weekly Twitter chat you may want to check out with interesting guests each week. The topics are mostly in the marketing realm.
— Viral Content Bee (@vcbuzz) May 9, 2022
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How to Find Your Favorite Chats
Enter a hashtag for your niche where indicated above and then hit go and you will find a list of some chats there that you can join in on. In the first chat, you might want to just say hello and watch or respond if there are topics you are confident about or even ask a question.
The more you do it the more you will feel comfortable participating in these chats. You can also check out this tweet chats scheduler too online.
How To Start a Twitter Chat
If you are interested in doing one yourself you can check out which hashtag may make sense for your chat by searching through Twitter and via UrbanDictionary for ideas. The hashtag should be short and easy to remember too.
The next part is a little more difficult, deciding which day and time would work best. Be sure there are no others in your niche during that time period and try to get a different day as well since not everyone can chat for hours on Twitter.
You may need moderators if you have a larger group to help out during the chat. They can help promote the chat prior to and keep the discussion focused. You could send them a simple outline of just 2-3 topics since chats tend to last for just an hour.
Of course, the marketing for your Twitter chat will be necessary to get people to join your chat on Twitter. It will take time to grow from week to week. One of the best ways is to tag people as reminders several hours before the chats.
Be careful not to tag often as it could be annoying to some people on Twitter.
Finally, be sure to have your introductions ready beforehand. You may want to copy and paste some in advance of the chat and even schedule some tweets out!The hashtag should be short and easy to remember too. #Twitterchats Click To Tweet
Don’t Forget To ReTweet During Tweet Chats
If you are short on words or responses during a Twitter chat you can retweet some informative tweets out. However, you can add your own recommendation before the retweet to make it more personalized. To clarify, choose the quote tweet to do that. (As I was researching for this post I could not find many doing it!)
People love having their tweets retweeted out on Twitter. It spreads out the tweets further into Twitterland. As you can see in the screenshot below, I was notified on Twitter that Larry retweet my tweet.
Most of all have fun with it so you’ll want to do it again and your fellow peeps will be asking for your next chat.
Lastly, have you participated in or hosted a Twitter chat yet? I’d love to know which Twitter chats you like to participate in, drop a line or paragraph about them in the comments below!
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Each chat is about a topic that users on Twitter can follow and engage with through hashtags. Each question and answer corresponds to a Q and A with numbers and a consistent hashtag.
You can join with the hashtag. Follow the conversation via the hashtag feed. You can respond to tweets with the hashtag and corresponding Q & A numbers.
There are many topics to choose from. Search on Twitter or a tool like Tweet Reports finding the one best for your niche or interest.
Do the research to see what others are doing. Pick a unique hashtag. Plan to market it aggressively to get others to join. Promote it on your blog and other social networks.
Each chat lasts an hour. There are a few that may run for only half an hour.
You meet new people, you engage with others on Twitter, you may learn new things and you can gain visibility on them.
You can inspire others with your answers on Twitter chats. Provide top-notch answers and share pertinent information that will inspire others on the social network.
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