Tweet chats are discussions that take place on Twitter. Its where people all use the same #and join in the chat at the same time. Sometimes these are weekly or daily. It can be around a certain topic or just a place to chat to others and meet new people.
There are plenty around, everything from Business chats such as #irishbizparty or #Belfasthour to #Greenire which talks about Eco related topics or #MummyPagesChat which is for Mums to meet others and get tips or ask questions about different challenges facing them from how to stop a child from getting into the Parent’s bed every night to getting rid of soothers. There are lots of others too even #Fuschiaparty which offers make up tips. No matter what interests you, you will most likely find some kind of chat hour for it.
These chats are a great way to meet new people who have similar interests to you and increase your followers and enjoyment of Twitter. So I have put together some tips to help you to make the most of them.
Follow people who interest you or are entertaining and helpful on the Tweet chat
Interact – Don’t be a lurker, jump right in and take part. All you have to do is compose a Tweet …and put the # before the name of the chat taking place for your tweet to come up for everyone to see. Another way is to put the # and topic into the ‘Search box’ on Twitter, then you will see tweets that mention that subject. Click ‘All Tweets’ and you will see everyone who is taking part.
Favorite Tweets or people that grab your attention. These Tweet chats can move very fast so you might miss some tweets if you stop to watch video/read blog posts etc so ‘Favorite’ the ones you might want to look at later.
ReTweet others – If there is a tweet that you like and think your followers might like, than RT it for them. This will be noticed and show that you are participating fully and show that you are helpful. Others might RT you in return.
Always say thank you and always use the hashtag so you keep coming up on the Twitter feed, even when you reply to tweets it’s a good idea to use the hashtag so others can see the conversation happening. Also by ReTweeting others, your own followers will see the hashtag and wonder what is going on, and they too might join in also.
If you are finding it difficult to keep track of a busy hashtag try one of these to help you
Find out what the topic is that week by checking the hashtag out during the week before the actual time of the chat is due to take place. Be prepared with questions or with info that others might find interesting. Photos are always more likely to be Retweeted than tweets with no photos. Be positive too, you will gain more followers and expand your network by taking part rather than just observing these Tweet chats. Go on, jump in, it’s also a great way to practice tweeting! See you on a Tweet chat sometime!
Oh and popular hashtags usually trend so if you are watching a TV show check have they put up a hashtag to follow. Chances are if it is a good show, others will be watching and tweeting at the same time. Here are some that I love to get involved in:
#LateLate / #Latelateshow – Late night chat show in Ireland…can be quite funny at times
#Vinb – popular late night show if you like politics this is for you.
#XFactor – Well I think we all know what this is about
So if you are unsure about Twitter and you are new to all of this, go to the search box, put in the subject you like and see is there a tweet chat around that topic! Or you can look here at an article I did before all about hashtags