Chatting on Twitter

What is a Twitter chat?

While many descriptions abound, I like the following: Imagine a business networking event without a dress code and with a keyboard instead of a bar.

Or to be more precise…

A group of Twitter users meet at a pre-determined time to discuss set topics using a designated hashtag (#) for each tweet contributed. The moderator of the chat poses questions (Q1, Q2, Q3,…) to prompt responses from participants (A1, A2, A3, …). Each chat usually lasts an hour.

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When I first joined Twitter, I shied away from participating in chats. To be truthful, I found them intimidating. I tried to follow the flow of several conversations and wondered how anyone could keep up with the constant flow of information. I had read somewhere that participating in a Twitter chat is like trying to navigate rapids while white water rafting. Not something I’ve ever tried or even considered.

After several weeks of lurking, I decided to jump into the conversation. Once I got into the flow, I didn’t find it that difficult to keep up with the others. I was able to join conversations and retweeted several tweets. I was thrilled when other people retweeted my tweets.

Since then, I have become a regular participant in the following chats:

#SpiritChat – Kumud Ajmani moderates this chat at 9:00a.m.ET on Sundays. The primary focus is on spirituality (not religion) and moving forward on the path to spiritual growth. Last week’s topic – Intelligence and Spirituality.

#PoCChat – Bobby Umar moderates this chat at 11:00a.m.ET on Mondays. PoC stands for Power of Connection and the focus is on leadership, relationships, and development. Last week’s topic – Building Thought Leadership.

#DaretoBe – Andrea Sanchez moderates this chat at 8:00p.m.ET on Tuesdays. A new chat first introduced in November 2014, the focus is on challenging participants to think outside the box. Last week’s topic – Dare to Dream Big.

#PFWChat – Katia Millar moderates this chat at 11:00a.m.ET on Thursdays. PFW stands for Positive Fabulous Women and attracts participants who intend to live their passions and make a difference. Last week’s topic – Creating Your Epic Love Story,

Some tips for newbies…

  • Find a chat that meets your interests here.
  • Give your Twitter followers a heads-up before joining a Twitter chat and share an invitation. E.g. High tweet alert ahead. Join us at #spiritchat.
  • Inform everyone that you are new to the chat. More seasoned participants will welcome and include you in conversations.
  • Use Twitter handles when answering a specific question from another participant.
  • Keep tweets under 120 characters. This will make it easier for others to retweet.
  • Include the chat hashtag in all your responses.
  • Feel free to dip in and out of a Twitter chat. You don’t have to stay for the entire hour.
  • Use a chat tool if you have difficulty keeping track of all the tweets. Get more information here.
  • Follow up with people after the chat if you wish to build more connections.

HAPPY CHATTING!

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About Joanne Guidoccio

After retiring from a 31-year teaching career, I launched my second act as a writer. My articles, book reviews and short stories have been published in newspapers, magazines and online. Soul Mate Publishing will release my debut novel, Between Land and Sea, in the fall of 2013.
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17 Responses to Chatting on Twitter

  1. I had no idea! Thanks for all the great tips and the link to chats that might of interest to us!

  2. Reblogged this on lcrwblog and commented:

    Reblogged from the Soul Mate Authors’ blog, posted by author Joanne Guidoccio. Great tips here for an exciting use of Twitter for authors (and others)!!

  3. Fascinating. I had no idea either, being less than Twitter proficient.

  4. I find Twitter very user friendly. Don’t be afraid to jump in. Thanks for dropping by 🙂

  5. Beth Carter says:

    I, too, didn’t have a clue about Twitter chats. Thanks for this very informative post. I know I underutilize Twitter. Its hard to find the time to do everything. I’ll share it also. Great job!

  6. Everytime I think I have Twitter figured out – I learn something like this!!

  7. Reblogged this on Jessica Jefferson, Romance Author and commented:
    Twitter – the final frontier…

  8. Cecily says:

    I had no idea how many there were! and how many have apparently died. Does anyone clear the “dead” ones off the list?

    • Hi Cecily, It’s hard to keep up with all the chats. What usually happens is the moderator announces a short break and does not return. Hope you find a chat that suits your needs. Joanne 🙂

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