Some Practical Tips for Participating in a Popular Tweetchat
Stanford (also known as @@pushingsocial on Twitters) put together a great video on how he manages to stay on top of #blogchat. It’s a great video that shows how he sets up tools like Tweetgrid and Tweetchat to manage the heavy flow.
Especially as tweetchats get more popular and people see the value in them in growing followers and building relationships, ways to manage them to get the best out of them are going to be even more critical.
I participate in several chats a week, including two of the highest volume — #journchat and #blogchat. Here are some of my thoughts for newbies on how to manage them:
- Don’t feel like you have to read every tweet that gets sent by every person. I like @pushingsocial‘s idea of setting up additional columns in tweetgrid to track the guest host and also the leader of the chat. Try to keep up with topics that interest you and if messages scroll by, don’t worry about.
- Keep track of your @mentions, either via a tool like Tweetdeck or in a separate window on Twitter. Most people are participating in Tweetchats to build relationships and getting in to actual conversations is the best way to do that.
- Have fun! Don’t let the speed of the conversation stress you out. You can always go back and read the transcript if you’ve missed anything along the way.