I love Twitter. I think it is one of the easiest ways to grow a following, connect with people quickly and in real-time. When I made my return to Twitter about a month ago, I was introduced to the concept of Twitter Chats and I am totally hooked.
It’s easy to connect with people in your niche. You know at a certain time each week, you can connect on Twitter with people who have the same interest as you.
It’s not always easy if you don’t know where to look already to find a Twitter chat in your niche. Brian Fanzo (aka @iSocialFanz) has a great link on his blog here of some of his favorite Twitter chats to get you started.
It gives you an opportunity to connect with influencers. This was probably the biggest surprise for me- joining these chats you may find yourself in the room with MAJOR influencers sharing ideas and interacting. For me, this is probably one of the biggest reasons to participate. It’s a free opportunity to hear their thoughts and learn from them so it’s a win-win for everyone.
You make new connections. One of the key elements of working your business online is the “know, like and trust” factor and this is one way to spend time with people regularly to establish those friendships. You get an opportunity to establish yourself as an upcoming influencer in whatever your specialty is. I seriously have added several followers every time I participate in a Twitter chat which translates into more eyes on your blog, website or whatever it is that you offer.
So how does a Twitter chat work?
Prior to the chat, they will announce the topic for the evening and potential special guests that they may have joining them.
Generally, they will have a series of about 10 questions the group will cover in 60 minutes. The moderator will announce the questions (listed as Q1, Q2 and following) then the participants will respond using A1, A2 and so on to share their thoughts as well.
Twitter chats can go very fast depending on how popular they are. If you are able to get on a chat at home, Tweet Chat is a helpful site to use. Tweet Chat allows you to check in to the hashtag/room and all the chatter goes in one place for you.
When you see a comment you agree or like, a retweet and/or favorite the tweet is a great way to continue to build connections. Also, keep your eyes open because often they will take the “after party” over to Blab for more networking and discussion.
I try to participate in as many as I can- some of the places you can see me lurking around in is #SpoofChat Wednesdays at 9PM CST, #InfluencerChat Tuesdays at 7PM CST, and #ViralChat Thursdays at 8PM CST.
Have you ever participated in a Twitter chat? Would love to know your thoughts in the comments! And you can always follow me on Twitter here.