Tips and Tricks for Twitter Chats
I love all the aspects of blogging. This new world that blogging has opened me up to is so fascinating, and I love learning everything that it has to offer me. Case and point, Twitter Chats. As someone who has been solely focusing on Facebook Groups to network and gain advice from fellow bloggers, I was pleasantly surprised to learn about these chats are also very helpful for that as well.
If you are curious about Twitter Chats, I offer up my Tips and Tricks to Twitter Chats to help you branch out and try something new!
- Twitter Chats, also called Twitter Parties are chats that are held on certain days at certain times typically weekly, some are biweekly or even monthly. Take a look at the chats on this chart to see the days and times of Twitter Chats. These are specific chats for bloggers.
- To participate in the chat, make sure you are using the corresponding hashtag so that your replies are visible to others in the chat.
- To make a great first impression, I suggest that you head over to Canva and create a Twitter card. This card should include your blog name, picture, and link to your site. It will be similar to handing out a business card that you would Tweet once you join the chat. This will get people to notice you and what your business is. It also gives people the opportunity to visit your blog.
- Twitter chats are NOT designed for self-promotion, but to gain knowledge and meet others who can help you and offer support or vice versa. However, most chats will allow links at the end of the chat.
- If you choose to join in on the conversation, that is awesome, but make sure that your replies say something. Create meaningful responses that offer something to the conversation.
- Twitter chats are fast paced, you may be re-tweeting or commenting more than usual. You may want to give your followers a heads up. This is just a courtesy before starting your chat so your followers are aware that you may have a lot of new activity in your feed. It also lets your followers know about the chat, in case they want to join in too.
- Be polite, these chats are not for negative comments or judgment. Please use common courtesy. Think of it as a business meeting or networking event.
- Ensure that if you are targeting your conversation to a certain someone, in particular, include their @twitterhandle, so they know you are responding to them.
- Use a period character (.) in front of someone’s @twitterhandle so that your mentions will show up on all feeds instead of just the person you are referring. (Example: instead of @littlemisslistmaker, you would put .@littlemisslistmaker)
- The host of the Twitter Chat will throw out topics to keep the chat moving in the right direction and will create questions with Q1, Q2, Q3 markings and you can answer with “A” and the corresponding number of the question, A1, A2, or A3.
- If you can’t make a chat, you can go back a read the transcript. You could also do this even if you were in the chat so that you can refer back to. This will include tips and be able to contact those you interacted with in the chat.
- Use the right tool. There are a host of tools to join to find and join chats. Your regular Twitter app won’t be able to refresh fast enough to keep up with the pace of the chat. Check in to TweetDeck or Hootsuite, both are free.
Well, there you have it, my tips and tricks to Twitter Chats. There are a ton of chats out there for all types of blogs, lifestyle, fashion, food, religion, parenting, etc. There are also many different chats for marketing, social media, advice for new bloggers, affiliations, etc. You can just search on TweetDeck to find the right ones for you. Look at past transcripts to see if the content is what you are looking for. Good luck!
Please comment below of any Twitter Chats that may prove beneficial for me and others!