You've probably seen these hashtags (and more) floating around the Twitterverse. A chat for YA writers, a chat for indie writers, a chat for writers who wear sweatsocks on Tuesdays--but what's the point? Should you bother joining one?
Top 10 Reasons to Join a Twitter (#) Chat:
10. Human interaction from the comfort of your own home. Go ahead and wear that Snuggie. We’ll never know.
9. No one smells. Thank you, Internet!
8. The sense of camaraderie you'll feel. These people get it!
7. You can have cookies. Or wine. Your call.
6. You just might gain a few friends/followers by the end of the hour.
5. You can contribute your own experiences/insights.
4. In turn, you might learn something new. Most of these chats have pre-announced themes to keep things fresh.
3. Want to stay up-to-date on your genre/category? Current events are always tossed around.
2. Networking! You never know who might be lurking during these things…
1. Peer pressure. We’re all going to stare at you until you join one. ::Stare::
...Okay, I guess I should add that they're fun, too. ;)
And while we're on the topic of Twitter chats, I want to throw out a quick plug for #NALitChat (new adult). We've only had two weeks so far, but it's trended both times.
Encouraging, I say! Join EJ Wesley (and a handful of gals from NA Alley) every Thursday night at 9:00 p.m. EST.
So, what about you? Do you have a particular chat you frequent? What time does it start? Maybe some of us will join you. :) Have a great week! ♥
1. Trending based on Twitter’s new algorithm.
Ok, you've convinced me. (I think it was the way you stared at me :o| )
I'm going to get a twitter account and join the fun :o)
Twitter chats are fun! But 9PM EST is the middle of the night for me :(
I don't twit. Tweet. Chirp. Whatever it is. But if I did, I would....
I've only participated in one Twitter chat - need to do more.
Oh man... I need to figure out all we can do with Twitter :)
#nalitchat is the best!!
I've only done one, but now that I think back, it had all of those benefits you listed. I need to do more.
I guess this is one of those advantages of Twiiter. I definitely see your point. Only wish I had the time to add yet another task to my day. I do like the networking aspect of it.
I need to get more into Twitter--that sounds like so much fun! Especially since there can be cookies and wine and all. :)
I still have no idea how these work. What happens? I mean if I hashtag something, it's not like I'm notified when someone else tweets with the same hashtag. Is this one of those things where you have to sit in front of your computer with Twitter open and wait for tweets to come up? I don't understand. Ugh. Twitter. I know people swear by it but it seems like a great unknowable concept to me.
On Twitter, if you type the hashtag into the search bar (for example here, #nalitchat) it takes you a new page that refreshes at a certain rate with every tweet tagged with that hashtag. All you have to do is read the stream as it refreshes; just open it up in a new browser tab and chat along. (This is assuming you just want to participate in the web browser version of Twitter. There are other ways, and it is really up to each person's preference of what works best for this sort of chat style.)
Twitter chats are the best and we do have so much fun during #nalitchat!
The people chatting are so intelligent and the view points are refreshing, and the questions are curious & insightful. I am surprised (in a good way!) each week!
Did you hear that, everyone?
Iain is going to get a Twitter account!
Aww, that's right. I forgot about the time difference. We had a UK agent who participated two weeks ago, and she had to stay up super late. I felt bad. :(
Maybe someday, right? :)
I have to confess, I don't like chat. I only use Facebook video so I can talk to my son face to face and see my darling little man Blake. But otherwise I like good ole email. Okay, I don't mind FB chat once in awhile as long as it's a quick chat, nothing mindboogling. Why? Okay, if you must know, my brain's old. It needs time to formulate it's thoughts. My fingers can keep up, but after a time even they're thinking, What the heck are you talking about???
I think your a maverick, Carrie. Things, chats, are only going to get better with you involved.
Absolutely! Not only are they useful, but they provide an excellent excuse to procrastinate. ;)
Yeah! They're a lot of fun. :)
You should! I've become quite a fan of them. :)
Ah, maybe we'll rope you into a chat someday. The great thing about Twitter is that you can come and go as you please. :)
Exactly! Who could argue with cookies and wine? ;) Thanks for stopping by, Meredith!
Sweet! I really need to learn how to "twitter chat." I've heard good things. :)
I love twitter chats!!!!!! I used to be way addicted to twitter, and have unfortunately cut down (lol) but it's such a great place with connecting ;)
Thanks, Bailey! That's a great explanation for anyone sifting through the comments. :D
Lisa, you use Hootsuite or Tweetdeck to schedule your FCF posts, right? They can be used to track these chats pretty easily. Give me a shout if you want to try it sometime. :)
Absolutely! I agree with every word. :D
Aww, thank you, Joylene! You're always so kind to me. :)
You know what I think you might prefer? Reading Twitter chat archives. For example, EJ Wesley organizes and posts most of the #NALitChat the next day. You don't have to worry about adding anything or keeping up with the feed, and you still get all of the information. :D
Sounds like a reason to do another tutorial! :D Thanks, Leigh!
Yes! Aren't they fun? Bummer you had to cut back...
The Twitterverse misses you! ;)
I can usually be seen frequenting the #Writersroad chat on Monday nights at 9pm EST. They are a lot of fun and each week have a different topic about the writing journey.
Oo, I didn't know about that one. Thanks for sharing, Tina! :)
I really do need to join one. I just haven't taken the plunge yet. Thanks for the info!
I hope you give it a try sometime. :) Thanks, Empress King!
You promised you wouldn't tell anyone about the Snuggie!
I enjoyed #Nalitchat last week. :)
Good info! I do #yalitchat whenever I can, which isn't often bc of the time difference. 9 pm EST is 5 p.m. for me - generally, right in the middle of dinner prep. :(
Hah! I just spit my water out. That was hilarious.
Thank you for the laugh, Melissa! :D
Thanks, Melodie! :)
Aww, man. These time zone differences are such a bummer!
You are freakin hilarious. You would put our chat dead in the center of the pic ;). Fine, you pulled my arm. I'll attend a chat, tehe
I'm sneaky like that. ;) Woohoo!
I need to try one. Hopefully there's an option for me at a time when I can be on the computer. And I need to learn how to use Twitter better anyway. Thanks for the suggestion! :)
I hope so, too. :) Good luck, Michael!
I love TwitChats! The only issue for me is that they're often WAY past my bedtime, since the UK is anywhere form 5-8 hours ahead of USA!
Great idea! Is it okay to post the NALitChat badge on my blog side bar?
Since my books are new adult, I need to join in that chat sometimes.
This is such a bummer! You know what? If I end up having a Twitter chat event for my release, I'm going to make two time slots! :)
Absolutely, Natasha! I made it. :) Thank you!
Yes! We'd love to have you. :D
I have yet to write a Twitter chat, but its on my To Do List. Looks like a great way to meet new people too.
You should, Stephen! It's an excellent way to meet new people. :) Thanks for stopping by!
I'm not on Twitter, but chats do sound like fun. :)
Maybe someday, right? :D
Wow, too funny, I was on Twitter when E.J. started his chat today - but I really didn't know what he was up to.
Now, better informed, I shall keep an eye on it for next week... even though NALit isn't my genre, it should be interesting (and for me it starts at 3p.m. :)
Aww, man! You should hang around next time. It's a lot of fun, and there are quite a few non-NA writers. You'd be in excellent company. :D
That sounds like SO MUCH FUN! I'm going to have to hang out with you guys sometime soon!
Oo... you should, you should! We'd love to have you. :D
I have never done a twitter chat- maybe it is time to give one a try. Loved your list- it made me smile. :)
Thank you, DMS! I hope you get a chance to try one soon. :D
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