There are many great Twitter events that happen each day and you don't even have to leave your house to participate. These are different from a TweetUp, where folks coordinate a live meet up using Twitter as their form of sharing and connecting initially. A Tweet Chat, Tweetchat, or Twitter Chat event is where a group of people get on Twitter at a designated time period to discuss a given topic. By using the given hashtag for the event, all participants will see the comments and questions that go flying by. (Here is a great list of Twitter Chats)
There are Tweet Chats that take place on almost every topic imaginable. A few that I have participated in include, #AgChat for those in the agriculture industry, #AgingChat for those interested or working in aging and senior trends, #DogTalk for all pet lovers, #AppChat for those interested in the hottest apps and development of apps, #blogchat for bloggers or those wanting to learn more about blogging, and I have to say it is one of the fastest moving chats around, so I recommend you prepare to watch one in action and then jump in when you feel comfortable, and so many more.
Anyone can participate and the easiest way for folks on Twitter is to go to the website–> Tweetchat. There are other tools, but Tweetchat keeps it simple and helps you block out all of the Twitter noise to just focus on the chat you are attending. You log in with your Twitter account and enter the hashtag you want to follow. Tweetchat also automatically adds the hashtag for your chat to each of your tweets while you are in here so you don't have to worry about that. Your dashboard will be populated by all the tweets tagged with that particular group's tag, whether you are following those people on Twitter or not. Which, by the way, is a great way to find like-minded people to add to your Twitter account.
If you are a Hootsuite user, you can also open a column for that tag by entering #YourEventName into the search box. You will need to be sure and add the hashtag to any new tweet you are posting while in the event, or your tweetchat members will miss it. It's hard to get used to at first, but the hashtag allows everyone else following that event to see your post.
If you are interested in starting your own Tweet Chat event, be sure to read our post:
7 STEPS TO SUCCESSFULLY START YOUR OWN TWITTER CHAT EVENT
So the next time you start seeing intelligent or witty tweets flying around with strange hashtags, jump in the conversation. Who knows, you might just learn something and make some new friends along the way! I'd better go, #blogchat is about to begin.
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