So what do you do with Twitter followers? That’s a honest-to-God question one of my clients asked me a few weeks ago. I said, host a tweet chat. Can you imagine the follow up question? He said, “What’s a tweet chat?”
Well, I love my clients, but if you’ve wondered about what to do with followers on Twitter, then listen up. A tweet chat is a per-arranged chat focused on a topic and uses a hashtag to link tweets from the chat into a virtual conversation. And, of course, this takes place on Twitter.
And Twitter is a great social network for businesses looking to strengthen their brand and attract more leads. In my last post, “Grow Your Twitter Followers; Buy Them,” I shared the dirty little secret “they” don’t want you to know. For a very nominal fee, you can grow your Twitter following quickly, which that act alone, can draw its own attention.
However, as my former colleague a friend (@leighalandry) so apt stated, “Once you have people’s attention you have to continue to develop those relationships.” Let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
If you want to run a successful tweet chat, you need tools to do so. I’ve compiled a few you might want to use.
- Tweetchat: A platform that give you a clean platform to engage in a tweet cat without distractions.
Tweet Chat Directories
- Gnosis Starts Tweet Chat Directory:This give you a listing of tweet chats by week and gives you a brief summary of each chat’s topic.
- Twitterchat 411: This site is down at my last visit, but I’ll update later when it has been restored.
- Google Twitter Chat: Comprehensive Tweet chat directory with lots of detail for those liking that stuff.
Twitter Chat Reporting
- Tweet Reports (paid): For a small fee, this service creates professional grade tweet chat transcripts.
- WTHashtag (Free): This is a free reporting service that #Blogchat uses – it’s the world’s largest chat on Twitter. Unfortunately, Mark Collier, the host of #blogchat is reporting the free service is down, said Twitter’s change in terms may be the culprit. (Watch this one, however, it could come back).
- Tweetdoc (Free): A tweetdoc is created by entering the appropriate hashtag or search term that you’d like to document.
Hosting a tweet chat isn’t hard if you have the right tools. With some planning and a topic people can learn from, your brand will strengthen, relationships will grow and new ones will begin.
Bonus Tip: Add your tweet chat to one of the directories so others can find it.