Last time I was on BadRedhead Media, I gave four easy tips to grow your Twitter following. Tip #3 was “join Twitter chats,” but how do you find the right chats to join? And how do you keep up with all the tweets when you get there? As Rachel says, let’s deconstruct!
Finding the right chat(s) for you:
There are many places you can go to look for Twitter chats:
- Twitter Chat Schedule on Google Docs: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AhisaMy5TGiwcnVhejNHWnZlT3NvWFVPT3Q4NkIzQVE&hl=en#gid=52
- Gnosis Arts list by day of the week: http://www.gnosisarts.com/index.php?title=Tweetchat_Wiki/By_Day
- Tweet Reports Twitter Chat Schedule: http://tweetreports.com/twitter-chat-schedule/
- Twubs Twitter Chat Schedule: http://twubs.com/twitter-chats
- oneQube #TweetChat Calendar: http://blog.tweetchat.com/calendar/
But going through all those lists can take a lot of time. If you are looking to get started right away, here are a few of my favorite Twitter chats for writers:
- #K8chat – K8chat is a publishing related chat where we discuss topics relevant to readers and authors. Kate Tilton created this chat to connect readers and authors, picking topics where both groups can contribute to the conversation. Some topics include: book boyfriends, marketing, and author assistants. Every Thursday from 9-10pm Eastern. Host: @K8Tilton
- #StoryDam – Come talk about writing stories! Held every Thursday from 8-9pm Eastern. Host: @StoryDam
- #YAlitchat – Like the hashtag hints to, this chat is for all young adult (YA) readers, writers, and publishing professionals! Come check out the chat every Wednesday from 9-10pm Eastern. Host: @Georgia_McBride
- #MGlitchat – As the hashtag hints, this is a chat on middle grade literature. Join in the chat every Thursday from 9-10pm Eastern.
- #NALitChat – If you are a new adult author, reader, or curious as to what new adult is, this is the chat for you! Held every Thursday from 9-10pm Eastern. Host: @NALitChat
- #litchat – LitChat is for book lovers. All books. All the time. Mondays and Wednesdays from 4-5pm Eastern. Host: @LitChat
Now that you’ve found a chat to try, here are some tools to help you during the chat:
At first twitter chats can be overwhelming. Here are a few tools you can try out to manage the flow of tweets to a level you are comfortable with.
- Twubs: http://twubs.com simply type in the hashtag such as http://twubs.com/k8chat and Twubs will automatically add the hashtag to your tweets so you don’t have to. Twubs also offers a “feed speed,” which you can change to match your pace.
- TweetChat: http://tweetchat.com an old favorite of many Twitter chat goers. This functions similarly to Twubs but doesn’t always work. (Rachel’s note: I’ve been using TweetChat recently and have found it to be much more reliable.)
- TweetDeck: https://about.twitter.com/products/tweetdeck another favorite for Twitter chatters. TweetDeck is a free computer application that lets users set up columns of tweets based on search terms. With TweetDeck you can set up a custom column just for the Twitter chat you are joining.
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Speak up! Which chats are you involved in? Which will you be joining now?
About Kate Tilton:
Kate Tilton has been in love with books for as long as she can remember. Kate believes books saved her life and strives to repay authors for bringing books into the world by serving as a dependable author assistant. A cat-lover and fan of many geeky things, Kate can likely be found curled up with the latest Doctor Who episode, plotting world takeover, or assisting authors and readers in any way she can. Kate is also a self-proclaimed Twitter addict. You will find her hosting #K8chat, her own creation, every Thursday night on Twitter from 9-10pm Eastern.
“My goal for the longest time has been to help authors. Make their life better because they make my life better. You are my rockstars.”
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