If are a bit at a loss with where to start engagement on twitter a “twitter chat” can be a great place to start.
A Twitter chat is where a group of Twitter users meet at a pre-determined time to discuss a certain topic, using a designated hashtag (#) for each tweet contributed. Chats typically last an hour. For example #Hampshirehour is Tuesday evening's at 8pm.
What’s a twitter chat like?
Imagine a business networking event—but without a dress code and with a keyboard instead of a bar. The same social customs apply—courtesy and respect—and it’s a great way to meet new people with similar interests. There are Twitter chats in almost every industry imaginable.
Why participate in a Twitter chat?
Twitter chats provide a chance to network and grow your circle (and knowledge!) through shared interests.
How do I find a Twitter chat?
There are many ways to find Twitter chats, most of which happen on a fairly regular basis. Here is a useful list to get you started: DOWNLOAD LIST
Twitter chats can be fast paced and using a listening tool to keep up with the conversation around the hashtag can be helpful. You might want to look into tools such as tweetdeck to help you follow the conversation.
Twitter chat tips:
- Don’t be afraid to contribute and jump in!
- Reply directly for targeted conversations with one or two people.
- Include a “.” in front of an @ if you want your tweet to show up in all feeds.
- Always include the chat hashtag in your responses.
- Be polite and positive! 🙂
- 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.
After your twitter chat is finished, over the next few days 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!