You’ve probably heard of Facebook chat or Google chat, but maybe you haven’t heard about Twitter chat, or tweet chats. Twitter chat happens when a group of Twitter users discuss a specific topic using a designated hashtag. Often, these chats have a specified time and may even take place on a regular schedule. And some Twitter chats are always live.

Joining or viewing a Twitter chat on a topic related to your niche is a great way to demonstrate your expertise and engage with potential customers. However, joining a chat can be somewhat confusing if you’ve never participated before. This blog post will break down the different ways to join a Twitter chat.

There are three main ways to join a Twitter chat.

 

1. Finding an Ongoing Chat

The simplest way to join an ongoing chat is to search for the related hashtag in the Twitter search bar:

search for a twitter chat

 

2. Finding a Trending Hashtag Topic

Alternately, you can join a trending hashtag topic by clicking on a hashtag in the “Trends” section:

searching a trending hastag

 

3. Finding a Live Twitter Chat

Finally, you can join a “live chat” at a designated time, created to allow people to talk about a particular topic. To find live chats, you can refer to the Twitter chat schedule on Twubs or on TweetReports.

 

Joining the Twitter Chat

Regardless of which method you use to find a chat, you’ll notice that the resulting Twitter feed will only show tweets including the related hashtag. You can include the same hashtag anywhere in your own tweets to join in the conversation.

twitter chat feed

 

Final Tips

If you want to reply to a specific tweet within a chat, but still want your Tweet to be seen by everyone in the conversation, just reply as usual. Just remember that, even if you’re replying to a tweet already in the conversation, you must include the chat’s hashtag for your tweet to remain part of the conversation.

Now that you understand the basics, you can get out there and join your first Twitter chat. There are Twitter chats about almost any topic you can think of, so find something that will help you connect to your target audience. You’ll be surprised what’s out there. #HappyTweeting

 

This post was originally published in May 2015. It was updated in May 2018.

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6 Comments

  • Maria Williams, May 15, 2015 @ 2:03 pm

    woW !! I can say that #twitter keeps amazing me ! I’m not a big technology nerdy girl, I just know the basic and it’s cool to know that you can be on a twitter chat !

  • Josh, May 27, 2015 @ 2:04 pm

    I use Facebook chat for personal communication, and I use Google chat all the time at work. I don’t use Twitter chat very often, though. Maybe I’ll start.

  • Jamison Michael Furr, May 27, 2015 @ 3:35 pm

    Yeah, it can be a fun way to quickly get the latest or inside scoop on a popular or trendy topic. Nice way to stay up to speed on a particular topic of interest as well.

  • Liliya, May 29, 2015 @ 2:36 pm

    Twitter is something I really tried to avoid using haha but this is a great explanation on how to really engage in conversations on this platform.

  • Nathalie Porter, March 18, 2016 @ 10:22 am

    I think hashtags can be so useful in building a social media community. This is great for businesses SEO and creating back links.

  • Nathalie Porter, March 18, 2016 @ 10:23 am

    I know we have Yammer at work, but it might be fun to do a boost Twitter Chat, for expanding SEO research.

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