A tweet chat is when a group of people all tweet about the same topic at the same time on Twitter. A hashtag is used to identify tweets in the conversation.
Use the #nzlead hashtag to participate in the conversation.
A tweet chat can be quite intimidating at first, so here are our tips for participating in a tweet chat.
- Identify the moderator and follow them. The moderator is the person who will be asking questions and prompting the chat along. Pay attention to what they are asking.
- Reply directly to moderator questions. Most tweet chats will have some structure to the questions and have 3-5 questions. You might see Q1, Q2, Q3 etc. (as in question 1, question 2 etc.) in the moderator tweets. Reply to them with A1, A2, A3 etc. (as in answer 1, answer 2, etc.). This makes it easier for other tweet chat participants to follow your conversation.
- Include the hashtag (e.g. #nzlead) in every tweet. This makes it much easier for tweet chat participants to follow the conversation.
- If you are chatting with a large group, select a small number of participants to interact with. There can be several different topics going on at the same time so this will help you get the most value out of your conversation.
- Make new tweet chat members feel welcome. If someone joins the chat who you have not seen before, say hello and tell them what we are talking about today/tonight.
- If you are replying to a tweet, include a brief summary of what was included in the original tweet. This is so everyone knows what you are talking about. For example, “I agree that leadership self-awareness cannot be learnt”. Rather than just, “I agree”.
- If you like or support a tweet then re-tweet it. Similar to the previous point, a RT shows that you like the tweet but also means that other participants can still follow the conversation. Rather than “I like this”.
- If you want to reply to a tweet or RT, and include a comment, but there is not enough space in 140 characters. You can shorten the original tweet. Copy and paste the original tweet and delete any parts you don’t believe key.
- Follow up afterwards. Tweet chats are great for networking. If you had a great tweet chat with someone, follow them and send a tweet to say Thank you. You could even keep the conversation going.