Tweet chats are a terrific way to engage with thought leaders on Twitter. They are fast paced conversations that take place on Twitter using a unique hashtag that designates a conversation that folks can follow.
Tweet chats often use a Q&A format and have a facilitator. So unless you are the host or a guest panelist, just jump in and add your two-cents to the conversation.
How to Participate in a DIYMarketers Tweet Chat
- Go to TweetChat.com and enter the hashtag #DIYMKT
- That is all there is to it. Once you get there – you’ll see all the tweets in the stream. Here is an example:
- Participate! Watch the stream for the questions. They will look like this: Q1: WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM? Then when you have an answer, be sure to reference the question in your answer like this: A1: I love chocolate ice cream.
- Promote the tweet chat: If you know that you’re going to be participating in a Tweet Chat — promote it for the host! It’s a nice thing to do and it will get other people on the chat.
- Bonus TIP: Tell your followers that you will be participating in a Tweet Chat! When you’re participating in a Tweet Chat – your followers will get TONS of tweets from you all at once. Some of them might find this annoying, so it’s a good idea to send out a tweet or two telling them that you’ll be participating in a tweet chat — and invite them to join in! The more the merrier.
How to have a successful Tweet Chat
Participating in a Tweet Chat gives you the opportunity to share your expertise with a wider audience. This is a great time to meet new experts and form connections that you can take with you beyond the Tweet Chat. Here are a few tips on how to do this.
- Retweet tweets you like. When you see a comment or tweet in the discussion that you like — RT (retweet it) you may have to do some editing to meet the 140 characters. Be sure to retain the Twitter ID of the original commenter. Also add a thought of your own if you have the space.
- Engage participants with questions. Most tweet chats have a Q&A format with questions that are pre-written for the event. In DIYMkt Tweet chats – your questions are encouraged. If you have a question for the panel or other participants — ask away!
- Link to relevant articles. If you have written or know of articles that are relevant to the content — SHARE THEM!
- Connect outside of Twitter. If you see or meet someone that you’d like to communicate with outside of Twitter – TELL THEM SO and then connect on LinkedIn or outside the Tweet chat. This is a great opportunity to discover new opportunities for partnerships and sharing.
- HAVE FUN! This is the last rule – but the most important. Use this as your time to share and have fun. Make appropriate jokes and comments and let your personality shine through.
After the Tweet Chat
The transcript of the Tweet Chat will be published as a blog post on the next day.