What exactly is a “Tweetchat”?
Tweetchats, also known as Twitter parties or a Twitter chats, happen when a group of people all tweet about the same topic using a specific tag (#) called a hashtag that allows it to be followed on Twitter. The chats are generally held at the same time each week or some other agreed upon frequency.
Taking Part in A Tweetchat
You must have a Twitter account to take part. You can sign up for free at twitter.com.
Here’s a nice write-up on Twitter etiquette. It’s a good idea to brush up on this before you take part!
Taking Part: Tools
You can to follow the chat using your timeline on the Twitter.com, but when the chat starts getting involved and gets busy you might not be able to keep up with the conversation, especially the speedy back and forth. Lucky for us all, there are several sites/tools available to help us follow along and take part without getting lost as the conversation speeds up. Just a few include:
If you’re already using a Twitter client like Tweetdeck, SproutSocial or Hootsuite, you can easily following along and take part in the chat. Search the hashtag, creating a column or separate window, and all of the tweets using that hashtag should show up in chronological order.