Twitter chats are a great way to gain exposure, grow your following and engage with your audience.
During a chat you get to interact with experts on a set topic and network with other professionals in your field.
What sets a Twitter chat apart from say, reading an article from one contributor, is that anyone who participates gets to contribute their knowledge and you can thereby pick up many valuable tips from multiple sources.
Most chats are hosted regularly at an allotted time, so you can also become a regular contributor and offer your expertise. This gives back to the group and shows you as someone of influence people will want to connect with after the chat.
There are plenty of chats to choose from, for every interest there’s a chat, however these are some of my favourites in the digital marketing / social media space:
#ContentChat – Mondays 12pm PST / 3pm EST
#BrandChat – Wednesdays 10am CT
#AdobeChat – Wednesdays 1pm PST
#PinChat – Wednesdays 1pm EST
#BufferChat – 2 x sessions. Wednesdays 4pm AEDT (Sydney) / 9am PST (San Francisco)
#TwitterSmarter – Thursdays 1pm EST
#HootChat – Thursdays 12pm PST / 3pm EST
#CMGRHangout – First Friday each month at 2pm EST (also on YouTube)
Look for the hashtags on Twitter and create lists to help you follow the chat feeds and follow up with participants.
You’ll notice that most of these chats are hosted in the United States, though people join in from around the globe. Make sure you convert the timezone to your own before setting your alarm clock!
Do you like contributing to Twitter chats? Which ones would you add to the list?