Twitter chats provide a chance to network and grow your circle (and knowledge!) through shared interests. A Twitter chat is where a group of Twitter users meet at a pre-determined time to discuss a certain topic. There are Twitter chats in almost every industry imaginable, and they provide a chance to network and grow your circle (and knowledge!) through shared interests.
Buffer shares their best tips for how to participate in a Twitter chat:
1. Give your Twitter followers a heads-up before you join a Twitter chat (“High tweet volume warning”) and share an invite to join the chat if it might be of interest to your followers.
2. Reply directly for targeted conversations with one or two people.
3. Include a “.” in front of an @ if you want your tweet to show up in all feeds.
4. It’s OK to dip in and out of a Twitter chat. Drop by for the time you have and don’t feel guilty if you can’t stay for the whole thing.
5. Be polite and positive! 🙂
6. Don’t be afraid to contribute and jump in! It can be intimidating, but trust me, the moderators and participants will be glad to hear from you!
7. When answering a specific question or comment from another participant, use Twitter handles to identify who you’re speaking to in order to avoid confusion.
8. 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.
9. Always include the chat hashtag in your responses.
10. 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!
Experiment and have fun. For more tips and tricks for Twitter chats, and to learn how to host your own, check out the full article over on Buffer. Have you participated in Twitter chats before? How did it go, and what tips would you offer? If you have yet to join a Twitter chat, what questions do you have? Share with us in the comments!