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:
2. Finding a Trending Hashtag Topic
Alternately, you can join a trending hashtag topic by clicking on a hashtag in the “Trends” section:
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.
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.