How To Join A Twitter Chat

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We are delighted with the positive response we got to the announcement of the launch of Ireland’s first Twitter blog chat . We are looking forward to our first #blogchatie tonight at 9 pm on Twitter. If you have never participated in a Twitter chat before, you might be wondering how it all works.

Here is what to expect.

Joining In #Blogchatie

When the time comes for the chat to start (9 pm), you can follow along on Twitter.com by searching for the #blogchatie hashtag.  But be warned, tweets can move fast in a chat and if you aren’t used to it, it can be a little overwhelming at first. We recommend you set up a search column on your Twitter with the  hashtag #blogchatie (you will need an application like TweetDeck or HootSuite to do this).

Alternatively, you can use  a chat room like TweetChat.com or the chat tool on HashTags.org which will allow you to concentrate on the chat without the distraction of other tweets on your timeline.  You can also pause or control the refresh rate of the tweets if things are moving too fast.  Don’t worry if you feel you aren’t getting all the tweets, we will be posting an archive of the chat when it is over and you can catch up at your leisure.

During The Chat

The chat will be moderated by either Lorna or myself and we will start off by introducing ourselves and inviting you to introduce yourself to the group.   You don’t have to do this part – nor do you have to tweet at any stage during the chat, you are welcome to just observe and listen in -  but it is a good way to get to know each other and perhaps make new contacts.

Next we introduce the topic. Tonight’s topic is Your New Year’s Blogging Resolutions. To help keep the chat focussed we have topics prepared beforehand.

Here are the topics and the order we will be discussing them tonight.

T1 Are New Year’s resolutions for your blog a good idea? Have you made any?

T2 What are some of the barriers you might find in sticking to your resolutions?

T3 Can you suggest ways we can stay motivated to keep our blogging resolutions during the year?

T4 Any other questions you would like to ask the group

The chat will last one hour, but of course you are free to continue the discussion after this time with each other if you like. If we don’t get to answer your question on Twitter, then do pop along to our Facebook page where we are always happy to answer any of your blogging related questions.

Joining From Outside Ireland?

You are very welcome to join us for the chat from wherever you are in the world.  Click this link to convert GMT to your own timezone.

Any other questions?

Have I covered everything here? If not, do let me know in the comments below.

Looking forward to chatting with you tonight!

 

About

Marie Ennis-O’Connor BA, MIAPR, holds an Honours degree in History from University College Dublin. She is a graduate of the Irish Academy of Public Relations and has worked in a variety of PR roles over the past 12 years. Marie is editor of several award-winning blogs ranging from life sciences to health to business. She is a panel member of the newly established Bloggers International and is a regular contributor to Health Works Collective, an online community for thought leaders in international healthcare. She is a featured blogger on Webicina, an online service that provides curated medical social media resources in over 80 medical topics and over 17 languages, and has been awarded a top blogger accolade by Empowered Doctor.com and most inspiring writer by WegoHealth. Marie is also in demand as a trainer in social media marketing and travels the country teaching small business owners how to get online and maximise their online presence.

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