Twitter is that 140 character unexpected phenomenon that is everywhere. Organizations, celebrities, your neighborhood grocer and the kid next door use Twitter with different intents and purposes. One of the unique Twitter aspect is the Tweetchat.
What is a Tweetchat?
A Tweetchat is when a group of individuals who are interested in a like subject matter come together on Twitter to discuss it. It could be anything: drinking wine, an author interview, lol cats, etc. People meet up at a pre-determined date/time, and have discussions based around questions planned by a moderator or a free-form style. They follow the conversation by having a #hashtag at the end of each line involved in the chat like #writestuff.
What is the point?
It's an interesting way to meet and talk to people about a topic of interest. Though Twitter does have the character restrictions, it causes followers to be creative with responses. You can also send out links that are related to the chat, perhaps even blog posts, vlogs, etc that you or someone in your network have created.
How do you manage it?
If you are involved in a TweetChat that has many people chiming in, it can be difficult to keep up. One way to do so, is to use a social media platform like Sesmic, Hootsuite or TweetDeck to organize the chat. For instance, TweetDeck allows you to make a separate column for a topic such as #wschat, so whenever someone writes a comment with that hashtag, it appears in that column.
If you haven't tried a TweetChat, you should. It's a fun way to get more involved with Twitter and to broaden your Twitter experience.
Next in the series: How to create your own Twitter Chat