Graphic for New Year's Resolution Reading ChallengeThe first Wednesday night Twitter Chat, #NewYearBooks, discussing books and our New Year’s Resolutions will be tonight! The time is 9pm Eastern / 8pm Central / 2am GMT — figure out your time zone using the Time Zone Converter.

This post will offer some tricks and tips about participating in Twitter Chats, but first, for anyone new to the New Year’s Resolution Reading Challenge, here are all the links to previous posts:

Okay, on to the Twitter Chat.

A Twitter Chat is facilitated by everyone using the same hash tag for a conversation. In our case, the hash tag is #NewYearBooks. You can follow along in Twitter or whatever client you use for tweeting by searching on the hash tag and remembering to add #NewYearBooks to each of your tweets.

A much easier way to participate though is to use TweetChat. Sign in with your Twitter account and type in the hash tag NewYearBooks. Now, you will see all previous tweets with that hash tag. Even better, any tweet you write in that message window will automatically have the #NewYearBooks hash tag appended to it so you don’t have to remember it.

Our Twitter Chat will follow the format that most chats that I’ve participated in use. The first 10 minutes will be for introductions. A question will be raised every 10 minutes during the hour, beginning with Q1 and ending with Q5. People who are really on the ball will preface answers with A1 for answers to question one (Q1), A2 for answers to question two (Q2), etc., but no worries if you forget.

It is accepted and expected that we will go off topic, especially if there are fewer than ten participants. Larger groups try to stay more on topic so that it doesn’t get too confusing, but with small groups, going off topic just adds to the fun.

If you forget to add the hash tag #NewYearBooks, you’ll probably be ignored because many of us won’t see that tweet at all. Don’t take it personally, just tweet it again with the hash tag.

It’s helpful, but not required, to copy all or part of a tweet that you’re replying to in your tweet so that everyone can follow the conversation. Traditionally, you write your response, followed by RT (ReTweet) or MT (Modified reTweet), then the twitter handle of the original tweeter, then all or part of the original tweet. TweetChat makes this easy. When you hit the retweet button (right-pointing arrow), the original tweet appears in the message window where you can add your response to the beginning of the tweet.

If someone tweets a resource or link that you want to go back to later, a fast way to keep track is to click the star next to the tweet. This is how you make a tweet a favorite. From your Twitter profile page, you can click on Favorites to see all those tweets.

That’s all I can think of at the moment. Does anyone else have suggestions for people new to Twitter chatting?

Hope to tweet with you tonight at 9 Eastern / 8 Central!

Signature of Joy Weese Moll


New Year’s Resolution Reading Challenge — The Twitter Chat — 8 Comments

  1. I use TweetDeck when I’m on Twitter. I find that it’s pretty simple to use when it comes to chatting. You just have to add a column and the chat’s hashtag to follow what’s going on. It can take a while to get used to the platform though.

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  3. Thanks for the link to TweetChat, that looks invaluable! Especially since the Twitter website has been only partially functional for me for ages now, requiring multiple refreshes to even look right.

    • You might also like TweetDeck that Vasilly mentioned. That’s what I use most of the time. I switch to TweetChat when chatting because I have a terrible time remember to add the hash tag.

  4. I somehow can’t manage Joy, and have decided Twitter may not be my thing. I do like to read the follow-up though. It always seems like so much fun. Maybe I have to try a bit harder with the hashtags and the fast pace. Right now I’m in a totally different time zone to do anything about it, but maybe in the New Year when I get back to PST.

  5. I wish I had been able to attend; you give a great explanation on how to participate in twitter chats.

    I don’t have any literary goals this year yet, but I’m going to think on it. Sadly, I work the next several Wednesdays and will miss your chats. They sound so fun.

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