Twitter chats are hot, Hot, HOT!
There’s pretty much a “tweetchat” in any niche you can imagine or on any topic. If there isn’t one in your particular niche, maybe YOU should be hosting your own Twitter chat (more on that below).
For those of you who are looking of ways to build your Twitter following, participating in Twitter chats are a great way to do it. You have a group of people talking about a subject you like, want to connect on, share in common with. It’s a natural way to gain new followers.
Not only are Twitter chats full of people excited to talk about a particular topic, they’re held at the same time and day each week. They’re a hyper-targeted, real time opportunity to meet new people, develop new connections, and these chats give the opportunity to position yourself as an authority in that niche over time as you participate and provide value to the community. Twitter chats are often a Q&A format, led by (moderated) one or more people, anywhere from thirty minutes to an hour.
Not only are they a great way to meet new people and expand your follower base, it’s an awesome way to connect with like-minded people and individuals who’ve established themselves as an authority within that niche or industry which I personally think is even more important than how many people are following you…but that’s just me.
*Pro tip – just in case you don’t know, one of the best tools to participate in a “tweet chat” is to go to Tweetchat.com. It is far and away my favorite. There are other people out there who dig on Tweetgrid.com too.
You can find a huge list of Twitter chats out there, just hit Google and type “Twitter Chat Schedule” and viola…you might find more than you want to know.
We’ll focus this post on some great chats I’ve personally enjoyed based around social media.
Social Media Twitter Chats
|Twitter Chat||Description||Day and Time|
|#blogchat||Chat discusses professional, business, personal blogging topics. Moderated by Mack Collier||Sun, 9pm-10pm ET|
|#Likeablechat||Chat about social media topics including popularity, influence. Moderated by Likeable Media staff and Dave Kerpen||Sun, 10pm-11pm ET|
|#Socialchat||Each week features a different guest “on the hot seat”. Moderated by Alan Knecht and Michelle StinsonRoss||Mon, 9pm-10pm ET|
|#MMchat||Featuring a special guest who discusses a relevant social media topic and answers questions from participants. Moderated by Jeff Ashcroft||Mon, 8pm-9pm ET|
|#LinkedInChat||Ways to use LinkedIn, and other social media platforms to improve results on LinkedIn. Moderated by Viveka vonRosen and @SteveCassady||Tue, 8pm-9pm ET|
|#smmanners||“Bringing back civility and charm to online communications.” Moderated by Dabney Porte.||Tue, 10pm-11pm ET|
|#CMGRchat||Chat for Community Managers to discuss tips, advice, using social media as a tool for the profession. Founded by Jenn Pedde (@JPedde) and Kelly Lux (@KellyLux /@iSchoolSU)||Wed, 2pm-3pm ET|
|#brandchat||Chat on all things branding. Topics are posted ahead of time http://brandchat.info Moderated by Maria Duron and David Sandusky||Wed, 11am-12pm ET|
|#pinchat||Discussing best practices, showcasing new uses, highlighting brand usage, and sharing a passion for Pinterest.
Moderated by Kelly Lieberman
|Wed, 9pm-10pm ET|
A great resource on how to host/manage your own Twitter chat, is 5 Steps to Hosting a Successful Twitter Chat or the one that Mack Collier of #blogchat fame put together, 10 Steps To Creating A Successful Twitter Chat or even the one on Mashable.
Okay, time for you to help build this list out with me. Are there other Twitter chats I’m missing that should be included? Let me know in the comments below and I will add them to the list above.
Hope this helps. Let me know…