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Learn:

  1. What is a Twitter chat.
  2. Benefits of participating in Twitter Chats
  3. Tips for getting the most out of Twitter Chats

WHAT ARE TWITTER CHATS?

Twitter chats are one of the best ways for business owners to connect with other professionals, exchange and debate ideas, ask for help and provide assistance, find new resources and take action.

Twitter chats are where educators meet at a set ‘meeting time’ to engage in conversations by sending out tweets on a topic using a designated hashtag during a specific time on a certain day.  Most twitter chats last for an hour.

During the twitter chat you’ll see participants tweet their responses in real time.  The best way to participate in a Twitter chat is to set up twitter search for the hashtag in TweetDeck, Hootsuite or in the Twitter app on your mobile device.

You’ll find our step by step instructions for using Tweetdeck for Twitter Chats here.

INTRO TO HASHTAGS

A hashtag is any word on twitter that starts with the “#” hash (pound) sign.

Hash tags make it easier to search and follow the twitter conversations on specific topics or during a twitter chat.

How it works is everyone agrees to use a standard hash tag in their tweets.  You set up a search for that hashtag using your twitter client, or use twitter search tools such as Twitter SearchTwitterfall or Tagboard to track the conversation.

PARTICIPATING IN A TWITTER CHAT

Tip: Use Twubs #MoreBizWomen chat moderation tool – it automatically adds the hashtag

Twitter chats normally have several moderators who guide the conversation during the chat using a Question and Answer format.  Prior to the Twitter chat the moderators decide on the topic of the chat and organize a series of 5-10 questions to ask during the chat.  Below is an example of a twitter chat using #moedchat

The chat normally starts by introducing the topic and asking participants to introduce themselves.

Welcome to chat

Participants respond by including the hashtag for the chat in their tweet (in this example all replies include the hashtag #moedchat).

Recipients respond

Once introductions are finished the moderators will commence guiding the conversation using their questions.  Each question is normally starts with a Q and an number to indicate which question it is.

Moderator question

Participants replies normally start with an A and a number to indicate which question they are answering as well as the chat hashtag.

Responses

Twitter chats are a conversation — you can add your extra thoughts to any one’s answer by replying to their tweet and including the hashtag.  Provided the hashtag is included everyone in the twitter chat will see your reply.

Conversations

Any tweets you want to refer back to later you just mark as favourite.  Favourites are represented by a small star icon next to the tweet.  When you favourite a tweet the original person who posted the tweet is notified that you like their tweet.

Favorite

You access the tweets you have favourited by clicking on Me in the top right navigation bar via the web or on your Twitter app on your mobile device and clicking on Favourites.

But don’t worry if you can’t keep up!  Moderators often archive or curate the information and resources shared during the chat session using tools like Storify.