A trend is continuing to unfold over in the Twitter sphere. If you’re new to twitter I recommend you read our introduction (thanks @ian_mke) or skim Twitter’s own 101 document (great but long) before reading this post.
On to the trend – many individuals, organizations, and companies have been organizing what are known as Twitter Chats. A Twitter chat has the following features and benefits:
- Twitter Chats typically last one hour, so if you find yourself unable to fit Twitter time into your busy schedule this is a great way to block off one segment and see a lot of results.
- They center around a specific hashtag so they’re easier to follow than traditional Twitter conversation.
- They often have an informed and engaged host and a guest expert.
- They’re more structured than most Twitter conversations (and, in such, are easier to understand for beginners).
- They allow you to tweet a lot more than you usually would during a concentrated window of time. Most followers will understand this and not react as negatively as they would if you were always tweeting every fifteen seconds.
- They carve out niche communities within the Twitter ecosystem. As Twitter gets larger, it can be hard to understand where to start or who to follow. Twitter Chats give you an in depth look at a small group of users.
Here are some of the Twitter Chats I’ve participated in and have enjoyed
A more exhaustive list of all the Twitter chats is available here as a Google Document.
So pick a chat and try it out, let us know what you think in the comments!