I love Twitter. It is by far my favorite social network. Unlike Facebook or LinkedIn, Twitter is the perfect blend of personal + professional. It has had some great updates recently, but there are still more features I wish I had. One feature that Twitter does have that you may be missing out on, is Twitter chats.
There are dozens of Twitter chats that take place every week, on almost any topic imaginable. And if there isn’t one, you could start it. All you have to do is find other people who want to chat about the same thing + chat away. It may seem like another way to waste an hour on social media, but Twitter chats have real benefits.
- Meeting like-minded people.
- Growing your follower count.
- Learning more about a topic from those like-minded people.
- Increasing your expertise.
- Finding new people to follow.
There are some AMAZING Twitter chats for those in the marketing or social media industries. My favorite is AdWeek Chat. A few of my other favorites are #HootChat, #PRSAchat, #SproutChat, and #MarketingMinds. If you’ve never been in a Twitter chat before, here is the low down on how to participate.
- Opening: Most chats open with everyone saying hello, their name, and relevant chat information like where they are or what they do. Add a GIF for bonus points.
- In the chat: Whoever is asking the questions will say “Q1” + then ask the question. To answer, you write “A1” + use the applicable hashtag.
- Engaging with others: While you should answer the questions yourself you should also engage with other by liking, retweeting, and responding. In that case, you do not use “A1” – you just reply to their tweet. BUT you should still use the hashtag (#).
- Pay attention: During the chat, pay attention to who you are engaging with + follow people who you think may be valuable connections.
- Ending: At the end, most people say they enjoyed chatting (bonus points for tagging specific people). Extra bonus points if you use a GIF.
- Consistency: The more you attend the chats, the stronger your connections, and subsequent engagement, with other chatters, will be.
— Adweek (@Adweek) February 10, 2016