5 Tips to Make the Most of Your Next Twitter Chat

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This is a guestpost from Kelly Kim. Kelly Kim (@Twylah) is co-founder of Twylah providing custom brand pages for your tweets!

Twitter chats are just one of these things I love to participate in.  :) They are a great way to meet new friends on Twitter, and they have the potential to create new knowledge on important and timely topics in the world of social media, blogging, leadership, and much more.

In that spirit, I humbly offer these tips on how to make the most of your next Twitter chat.

1. Be prepared.

With most Twitter chats, the particular themes and questions are posted in advance. Even if you spend 30 seconds reflecting on the theme and purpose of the chat, you will be better informed and able to contribute.

 

2. Use a tool that helps.

Many people use their preferred Twitter clients for chats (Hootsuite, Tweetdeck, etc.), but personally I use Tweetchat.  It is simple to use, filters your stream down to just the hashtag you are wanting to view, and it automatically adds the appropriate hashtag to the end of your tweet.  These may seem like small benefits, but they all work together to enable you to relax and enjoy the chat.

3. Be generous.

Retweet, retweet, and retweet.  In my opinion the more tweets the better in a tweet chat.  A quick and easy way to contribute to the overall chat is to retweet the comments and questions you like. I also realized that this is a fantastic way to get started talking to others in the chat, if you retweet one of their answers or questions.  Especially if you are new, this works very well.

Your retweets add to the conversation, give others a chance to be seen and heard, and they help keep everyone in the loop.

 

4. Speak up.

Sometimes tweet chats get heated, and for first timers, it may feel overwhelming, but truly everyone’s comments and viewpoints are valid, even if they challenge the status quo.  Be courteous, but do speak up. We are all learning from each other and Twitter is a great envi

As Mack Collier, running the largest Twitter chat there is (#blogchat), once said:

BTW if this is your 1st time at #Blogchat, we encourage discussion from EVERYONE! No experts here, we are all learning from each other!
@MackCollier
Mack Collier

 

5. Bring the fun!

We often say “have fun,” but in the case of Twitter chats, I would say “bring the fun!” Having a cheerful attitude helps me a great deal to make the most of it. You can see Twitter chats like events, where you can meet lots of new people interested in similar things to you. Simply enjoying the conversations and casual talks can make all the difference.

One chat we are having every week is #ToolsChat. We are talking about the latest Twitter Tools and how you can make the most of it. It starts at 10pm EST every Wednesday.

Last but not least, here is a is a great list of Twitter chats, with over 300 different chats to participate in.

See you there, and enjoy!

Kelly Kim is the Co-Founder of Twylah. Twylah provides you with custom brand pages for your tweets! It’s a great way to prolong the life of your tweets and show others what you are all about on Twitter. Kelly is a super nice person, hit her up @Twylah, anytime.

Want to write a guestpost too for the Buffer blog? Email me leo@bufferapp.com

  • http://blog.eaglespace.com delhiboy

    Awesome advice. I particularly like ‘bring the fun’ :)

    • http://twitter.com/Twylah Twylah.com-Kelly Kim

      Thank you! Always a pleasure to “bring the fun” to #toolschat. :)

  • http://twitter.com/janetcallaway Janet Callaway

    Kelly, aloha.  Great tips–especially bring the fun.  One other suggestion I have is to “listen” first before jumping in.  As you know, each chat is run a bit differently so if new to a chat, I believe people should listen or lurk before jumping into the stream.

    Look forward to tweeting with you on another chat soon, Kelly.  Love my Twylah.  Enjoy a magnificent Sunday.  Aloha.  Janet

  • http://xeeme.com/SallyKWitt/ Sally K Witt

    Great info and tips, Twyla.  Thanks!!

  • Marta Tome

    Hi gays I love you,thanks a lot