Do You Know What A Twitter Chat Can Do For You or Your Business?

Have you ever participated in a Twitter chat? I’ve been on Twitter since 2009 and have joined many Twitter Chats over the years.

They are fast-paced and fun. They are like going to a local networking event but on your computer or smartphone via a Twitter feed.

But what can they do for YOU and your business?

Twitter chats

 

  • You Can Learn From Others.
  • Then You Can Help/Teach Others.
  • You Can Make More Connections/Friends – Networking Online.
  • Gain More Followers In Your Niche.
  • Become a Leader in Your Niche.
  • Have Fun on Twitter.

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.

To participate in a Twitter chat, you will need a Twitter account and these are FREE to join.

The First Twitter Chats

The first one I participated in was Chasing Joy. 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.

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.

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 on or even ask a question.

The more you do it the more you will feel comfortable participating in these chats.

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.

The hashtag should be short and easy to remember too. #Twitterchats Click To Tweet

Your Turn on Your Best Twitter Chat

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.

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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Lisa loves helping others to thrive online through Social Media, Blogging, and SEO. What good is knowledge if you cannot share it with others? She has 30+ years of experience in marketing/advertising with 10 years of experience in content marketing, social media, blogging, and SEO. You can purchase her ebook about Twitter on Amazon, or take her Instagram class on Udemy.

  • I’m starting to feel like “conversations” or Twitter parties are the only way to use Twitter- otherwise it’s like screaming into a crowded room. Dropping by from Sits!

  • Hi Lisa, thanks for a great post it’s like you were reading my mind. I’m still quite new to Twitter but I’ve had the oppotunity to enjoy a few Twitter chats, Chasing Joy’s being one of them and they are great. I even had the opportunity to be a co-moderator recently for #PlateChat by aroundtheplate, what an experience, so I take my hat off to all those who conduct chat’s and make it look seamless 🙂

    I have been wondering where to get info on upcoming chats as I seem to just stumble on them, so I’m glad that you included this info. Well Lisa, I’m sure I’ll be meeting you in one of the mentioned Twitter chats and I’ll also pass on information to one’s I plan on attending. Keep up the great work!

    • What is Plate Chat about Gillian? Thanks and I hope to maybe see you on the #blogchat tonight at 9 pm EST. I hope to make it again. Stayed tune for more to come 🙂

    • You are welcome, it was the first one that I participated in. I will try to remember Sunday at 4 to come back to it.

  • Hey Lisa,

    Janet Callaway introduced Twitter chats to me last year but I didn’t actually participate in one until just last month. It was my first one and it was really pretty cool. It was an invitation from a friend who recommended me for the chat so it was a pretty cool experience. It was on technology but I learned a LOT.

    I keep telling myself I’m going to do this again. If I knew there was a topic that I really wanted to know more about I’d put aside the time to participate.

    So glad you’ve enjoyed being involved in these and learning some stuff is what’s really fun. Oh, and meeting some new people. I love that!

    Thanks for that reminder Lisa.

    Enjoy your day!

    ~Adrienne

  • I’m on the fence when it comes to the Twitter Chats. That is because some of them can be very good while most are just chit chat. One thing is for sure, it is a great way to start making more connections if you are within your circle of influence or the audience that will best fit your market niche. Otherwise, you could get a lot of Twitter followers that you really didn’t intend to attract.

    I have to say Lisa, you really put together an amazing resource on how to Twitter Chat and all about the hashtags. This is a good source that I will be happy to share with my community.

    • Thanks Lynn, yes like anything some are better than others. You have to pick and choose and prioritize. I hope to check out a few new ones in the coming week and maybe moderate or start one too. Stay tuned!

  • Doing a twitter chat is an excellent idea. I’ve participated in a few twitter chats and they work really well. You got to know new people, gain awesome knowledge and exposure.

    Can’t wait to take part in the upcoming twitter chats, especially the #likeable chat.

    Good stuff, Lisa.

    • Thanks Devesh. Yes, you to get to know new people and gain knowledge. Always something new to learn. What is the #likeable chat about?

  • Lisa,

    I have never done a Twitter chat but it does sound pretty interesting. I think I will see about doing this sometime.

  • I wish I could keep up in #blogchat. To me it is too overwhelming. My friend Tui just wrote a great blog post about how to use Tweet grid for chats and that might help me manage. Maybe if I try again this Sunday you can be my chat buddy. It might be nice to have a helping hand!

  • Thanks for sharing the wonderful Twitter chat platforms, Twitter is the biggest source of traffic on my blog so I would to love to use Twitter more closely.
    TwitterChat seems awesome.

    • Yes Ehsan, do check them out. It can increase your network on Twitter and are a great way to learn new things too.

  • 😛 I haven’t participated in a twitter chat nor could I probably sit still long enough to do it. I’m always multitasking web I’m surfing. Using silverbird to keep up with tweet while I’m surfing three over social networking sites! Yikes! Kudos to you Lisa. Sounds like a lot of fun!

  • Brilliant Lisa 🙂 Informative and new products for me. I’ve never hosted one. I’ve participated two chats so far invited by Adrienne and You. I was so confused when I get in first (in both chats), you know, it’s faster. Typing, typing and typing. I couldn’t follow. I was using Twitter search to get chat notifications but it’s never work out as it’s not updating in realtime.

    However when I ask you, you suggest me TwitterChat. It’s really cool and easy to use. With this post, it would be easy for whoever wanna engage with a Twitter chat even first time. I’m glad if I could read before I get into Twitter chats earlier. All prerequisites for a Twitter chat would be complete after being through this one.

    Cheers…

    • Thanks Mayura – yes if one cannot type fast it may not be easy to keep up. Great point about reading up before getting on the chat too. Always be prepared 🙂

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