Conversation is a big part of the Twitter experience. I think I talk to more people on Twitter than I do in real life! That’s not because of my poor social skills (well, not entirely), it’s often just because I have more in common with people I follow on Twitter. After all, it’s a curated list of people; I followed them for a reason. I love jumping in on a conversation, meeting new people, asking questions and sharing information. It can take a new user a bit of time to catch on, but, in my opinion, it’s definitely worth it in the end!
The one-on-one (or small group) conversations that I have almost every day are great, but there are other ways to engage with people on the site. Chats. The great thing about Twitter is that it can be so many things all at once: news feed, networking tool, advertising and marketing platform, a way to keep in touch with friends or your favourite celebrities, a search tool, and more… even a public chat room. By following hash tags you can read and take part in many chats on he social networking site. I only know of writer chats, but I”m sure there are many others out there as well.
The most popular one, that I am aware of, is #writechat, which takes place every Sunday afternoon. Lead by @WritingSpirit, #writechat is joined by numerous writers from around the world. A main discussion topic or question is usually chosen each week to help kick off and guide the discussion, but any conversations and questions around writing are welcome and encouraged. The point of the chat is simply to bring writers together to discuss topics of interest to the field, ask questions, and network; but most importantly, to support each other through the writing process and let everyone know that they’re not alone.
Yes, there are plenty of places around cyberspace to have a chat; no, Twitter is not the place for your chat if you want a private room so strangers can’t look in. Somethings, though, Twitter is the perfect venue – for starters, you’re already on the site and don’t have to download any special software. Also, depending on how you use Twitter and who you follow, it may be possible to follow and even join in the conversation bny only reading those people that you normally follow. The best way to follow a chat is to follow the actual hash tag via a search, but I rarely do it this way. I don’t usually want to spend too much time following the chat, but I follow enough writers who participate that I can follow along just by watching my Writer’s twitter list.
Do you participate in any Twitter chats, or have you any to recommend? Leave links/tags in the comments!
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This is one in a series of posts about great finds discovered on or because of Twitter.