Learning Twitter can be overwhelming. But, as with any task, breaking it down into smaller parts helps considerably. This is lesson nine in a ten-part series.

In less than five minutes, I show you how join a Twitter chat.

Why join a Twitter chat?

Many people start their Twitter accounts and build a small community, interacting as time allows, and that’s great. I’m a huge advocate for Twitter as you can tell by the quantity of posts I’ve written. Your Twitter use can exist without a chat, but the chat is more rewarding.

Small bursts of conversation on Twitter is fun but unfocused. If your time is limited and you want to make a big impact during one hour a week, joining a Twitter chat is the way to go.

Each chat revolves around a topic which makes the interaction both focused and engaging — allowing you to shine as a thought leader. If joining a Twitter chat is Twitter 301, hosting one is Twitter 401. It’s definitely advanced and a bit more complicated. Though, for me, it reminds me of AOL chat rooms in the 90’s.

Twitter chats are exciting because they are live, sometimes the answers are even controversial.

Even better, you discover people who are engaged and active on Twitter. Meeting people is never a bad thing.

How do you find a chat?

You can go to Twubs  to search for hashtags. TweetChat is my favorite chat client.

The easiest way to find a chat, I’ve found, is through one of your trusted followers. Twitter chats are full of friendly and welcoming people.

Buffer has great advice about chats, too. So check that out if you want more depth.

Don’t forget to have fun!

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