Twitter chats are simply pre-organized times to tweet on pre-organized hashtags. They use applications like twebevent or TweetChat to corral just those tweets together and to auto-tag any new tweets with the right hashtag.
The Chat Schedule was inspired by Meryl Evans, who started a blog post with a collection of all the chats she knew about. The new spreadsheet version began as a quick solution so that no one person had to track and manage the information about all the Twitter Chats. There were only about 25 chats back then. It has since grown into a list of hundreds of chats with several new ones added each week.
Everyone from journalists to moms to finance people to Knowledge Management professionals are finding each other and banding together via Twitter chats. See more info about the Twitter Chat Experience
I fully expected that someone would write a little database driven web app that would replace the public Google Doc, but perhaps simpler is better in this case.
Thanks to all who run the chats, all who have posted information about chats, and all who tweet the link to the list so that more potential chatters can find one that’s right for them.
View the schedule for yourself and add any chats you know about that aren’t listed.
Don’t pay one of the umpteen Twitter con artists for information about best practices on Twitter. Get it from the weekly #twchat Twitter chat that takes place every Tuesday at 12pm EST. To join, just point your browser to http://tweetchat.com/room/twchat at the appropriate time.
Here is some of the information shared this week
- Connect on a personal level whenever possible –> Tweet This
- Provide help to individuals. Don’t just shout about yourself. –> Tweet This
- A few engaged connections are better than umpteen followers who pay no attention –> Tweet This
- Seek out communities with your interests. Twitter chats are one way: http://bit.ly/oXBBu –> Tweet This
- Find interesting connections through the people that you trust/respect –> Tweet This
- Connect with people you meet on Twitter through email and phone. Take it to the next level –> Tweet This
- Combine Twitter with Live Video to create a twebevent –> Tweet This
- Use Twitter searches to monitor keywords that are important to you and/or your business –> Tweet This
- Respond to critics on Twitter quickly. See if you can understand and deal with their issues –> Tweet This
- Use a Twitter client app to improve access to your Twitter stream. Save yourself some time –> Tweet This
For more advanced Twitter users:
- Use an app like tweetlater.com to vet whether you want to follow-back on new followers –> Tweet This
- Use an app like TweetCounter.com to determine how your follower and followee counts are trending –> Tweet This
- Use an app like Twubs.com to build a community around your hashtag –> Tweet This
- Use an app like Tweetchat.com to participate with a certain hashtag community –> Tweet This
- Use an app to send anyone who follows you a quick intro message. (this one somewhat controversial) –> Tweet This
If you enjoyed some of these Twitter best practices, use the hashtag #twchat to share your own and join us at Tuesday 12pm EST each week to share in real time OR share your idea in the comments below.