Trying to figure out how to join a Twitter chat but don’t know where to start? Let this blog post be a primer for you, so afterward you’ll feel less intimidated about joining a Twitter chat next time you’re invited.
First of all, don’t feel intimidated. The reason why Twitter chats are popular is because they’re fun with not much of a learning curve.
Learning how to join a Twitter chat is even easier when you factor in the free, web-based tools out there designed specifically for participating in Twitter chats. We’ll get into those tools more later on.
Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, let’s start with the basics.
Basics of How to Join a Twitter Chat
We’re going into this post assuming you have at least a moderate understanding of how to use Twitter. Know how to find and follow a hashtag? Perfect! That’s where it all starts.
Every Twitter chat is based on a hashtag. For example, you can look up #AutismChat to see how hashtags are used in these conversations.
The term “Twitter chat” sounds like a casual conversation, which for the most part it is, but it’s run more like a structured meeting.
By that, we mean there are dates and times for all Twitter chats — they don’t just occur at random. This requires all participants to set aside the same block of time in their day to meet up on Twitter for a town-hall-style discussion.
This kind of regimented scheduling helps ensure that there’s consistency and routine to the discussion, and it also helps attract people who are truly serious about participating.
Many Twitter chats have pre-set topics for each chat. You might want to ask the Twitter chat owner what the topic is if they don’t let you know ahead of time.
Make sure you’re following the creator/facilitator of the Twitter chat to stay informed of the next topics of discussion. Or if you want to be completely spontaneous, you can do that as well — it is up to you.
Now it’s time to put all of this into action. You know the hashtag of the Twitter chat, you’ve got the date and time marked in your calendar, and you have the discussion questions ready.
Navigate to TweetChat.com when you’re ready for it to start. Enter the hashtag of the Twitter chat and hit “Go”. You will be prompted to log in with your Twitter account in order to participate. From there you will be presented with a stream of tweets from the chat updated in real time.
Right within TweetChat.com you can reply, retweet or send your own tweets to add to the discussion. The beauty of TweetChat.com is that anything you tweet out will be automatically appended with the hashtag you specified when you landed on the site.
If you have any other questions about how to join a Twitter chat, we’re always happy to help.