Today sees the Bloggers Bash host its first ever Twitter Chat.
Let me hand straight over to Suzie to explain all the details and let you know how you can join in:
The beautiful Suzie Speaks
One of the earliest (and most fun!) ways that I learned about networking and boosting my Twitter (and consequently, my blog) following was through the use of Twitter chats. They’re exciting, fast paced and a great way to meet new bloggers without leaving links or spamming the community with content. It is important to note that there any no links allowed until the very end.
The premise of a blogging chat is simple: the person hosting the chat will ask a question and include the hashtag associated with the chat eg.
Q1. What’s your favourite social media to use for blog promotion? #BlogBashChat
Everyone participating in the chat will answer the question and include the same hashtag eg.
Q1. My favourite is Twitter because… #BlogBashChat
You can then use that hashtag to see everyone else’s answers – if you type in the hashtag in the search bar at the top all of the answers that have included it will appear and the you can individually respond to others, again using the hashtag eg.
(In response to someone’s potential answer that Pinterest is their favourite) I don’t understand Pinterest – have you got any tips? #BlogBashChat
This creates a bucket load of conversations with people who you may never have met, which then leads to connections and networking, which then leads to following etc.
There are usually five to six questions asked by the host, with 5-10 minutes left in between each question to give time for people to answer and chat etc. The person hosting the chat can retweet some of the best answers, and individuals can too (this doesn’t mean that you retweet every answer, just some). At the end people are asked to leave their links, again using the hashtag, which allows everyone to check out each others Twitter accounts and blogs…
Here’s where it gets exciting – The Annual Bloggers Bash will be hosting their very first Twitter chat tonight from 7-8pm BST, (2-3 EDT) and this will become a weekly event – every Sunday at the same time.