Three scheduled tweets walk into a bar and the bartender says, “_____________________________.”

Twitter is kind of noisy these days, it’s true. And I’m pretty good about spending a few 5 minute sessions in the home feed, too.

People can get really offended when you (well, I, let’s be honest here) make suggestions. These are not the ten commandments folks, just ideas.

Twitter is Social Media, not an RSS Feed.

There are some that get joy out of the automation and others enjoy the conversation.

I read a post this week and this really struck a chord:

“With all the fancy tools, we’ve lost something huge: SOCIAL media. ” Amy Donohue 

Look, I’m not against social tools or even some scheduling.

But you still have to be there.

Otherwise, you’re just sending messages out in a bottle.

“Walked out this morning I don’t believe what I saw
A hundred billion bottles washed up on the shore
Seems I’m not alone in being alone
A hundred billion castaways looking for a home” ~ by Sumner, Gordon Matthew.

 

Luckily, there are Twitter chats.

If people are scheduling answers in Twitter chats, I’ve not heard of it. And there is a chat for almost every topic you can imagine.

Here are two chats I regularly attend.

Tuesday

1 pm Pacific – Digi Blog Chat (#DigiBlogChat)

This chat is hosted by Larry Mount and Carol Stephen. It’s a low-key but engaging chat. It’s one of the highlights of my week.

Wednesday

9 am Pacific – Buffer Chat (#BufferChat)

This chat is hosted by Buffer, a social media scheduling tool. It is fast-paced but very informative.

 

How do you maximize use of a Twitter Chat?

1. Find one that fits your brand.

2. Attend regularly.

3. Answer succinctly.

4. Listen.

5. Follow Up (put chat conversationalists on a list named for the chat).

6. Be kind.

 

Moral to the Story:

You don’t have to join a chat to have a conversation. If you want to have conversations, then start using the reply button. It works, I promise.

 

Creative Commons Message in a bottle | Flickr by Susanne Nilsson

6 Comments

  1. Kittie on July 30, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    I totally agree. Twitter is really cool for having actual conversations. I used to find it a little hard to get into Tweet Chats, but now I am thoroughly enjoying them!

    I haven’t been on the Buffer one. The only one I currently attend is #DigiBlogChat. I might see if there’s one more during the week I can attend possibly around the topic of e-commerce.

    I think it was you that actually made me re-evaluate Twitter Chats. So thanks for that Bridget! 🙂

    • Bridget Willard on July 30, 2015 at 3:34 pm

      How cool! For sure go to a relevant chat.

      Thank you, Kittie!

  2. Carol Stephen on August 4, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    Hi Bridget,
    Yes, on Twitter chats. It’s the most fun you can have on Twitter. And I really love when both of us are on the same chat!
    Thank you for your delightful post.
    Carol

    • Bridget Willard on August 4, 2015 at 4:30 pm

      You’re right. That is the most fun.

      Thank you!

      • Carol Stephen on August 20, 2015 at 6:28 pm

        I’ve started re-reading some of your posts, and they can be even more fun the second time around!

        So thank you for polishing your writing. You make it fun!

        Carol

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