Twitter Chats

To prepare for my upcoming Twitter Research Workshop in November, I decided to compile a list of Twitter chats. All I did was ask one question on Twitter, and I got the following response:
That is a whole list of Twitter chats in a speadsheet format, compiled by Robert Swanwick (@SpkrInteractive). You really can interact with a lot of different folks these groups, on topics ranging from design to poetry to small business to catering.

So, you ask, what is a Twitter chat?
A Twitter chat is a way people with a common interest connect on Twitter. The chats are organized at a specific time and with a specific hashtag, such as #carchat for the car community. People in the community log into a Twitter site such as or they can use a tool such as Tweetdeck and just add the hashtag to their tweets. If you have had trouble connecting with others via general Twitter, a tweet chat can be a welcome way to connect just with those in your interest area. If you really get ambitious, you can start your own group.

I am going to highlight three Twitter chats:

#sbbuzz – I wrote a post on the Small Business Buzz Twitter chat when I first attended a chat. A great community of smart small business people.

#DCTH – I have not been able to participate in Design Community Twitter Hours, but Mike Conaty of Brunswick Media Services (whom I have met in person) is a regular there, proving that there are real people on these Twitter chats!

#kidlitchat – I don’t know anything about this chat group, but I love the description: “Conversation about children’s literature from board books through YA. Writers, illustrators, editors, agents, librarians, readers and all others welcome.”


Have you participated in a Twitter chat? Did you find it useful? Do any of these appeal to you, and you might consider visiting the chat group?

triangleBradford Shimp has suggestions on how to manage your Tweet chats at the bottom of this post on Twitter tools.

triangleBonnie Adamson mentioned this tool:

triangleSwan has an article about Twitter chat tools (and general comments about chats).

13 thoughts on “Twitter Chats

  • they can use a tool such as Tweetdeck and just add the hashtag to their tweets.
    Does this mean that you will have access to what other people are saying even if you are not following them? For instance can I just type #teachingenglish and see what happens?

  • Yes, you don’t have to follow people on Twitter to catch what they are saying. You can save a search to Tweetdeck (you might want to try #teacher OR #english instead of #teachingenglish). You can look through already existing hashtags (see to see what others are using.

  • Thanks for the mention! #kidlitchat is lots of fun–crazy fast with overlapping conversations like any good party. We start off with a topic, but you really never know which way the discussion will veer–it’s surprising how much good industry information comes from this kind of casual interaction. Thank goodness for archived transcripts! We post our own, but there are also services like What the hashtag?! where you can plug in dates and view particular chats:

    Feel free to join us any Tuesday (9pm Eastern) to see what all the fuss is about!

    co-host, #kidlitchat

    • One of the problems with Twitter chats is that many are scheduled for evening Eastern Time, which is often the wee hours of the morning (like 2 am?) for someone based in Israel.

      But maybe you’ll hit it lucky with one (or find it a good way to deal with insomnia).

  • Twitter chats are a wonderful way to have real, human, interactions on Twitter in real time. There is so much we can learn from one another and great people to network with. Plus, they are great practice for your speed typing and speed reading skills!

    Thanks for the link to various chats, can’t wait to check it out. And I can personally attest, #sbbuzz is a really great chat.

    • Thanks for suggesting TweetGrid in your post. I’ve never looked at that one; might be useful if Tweet Chat is not working well. But it’s usually Twitter itself that has issues, not these tools.

  • Great post and thanks for the shout-out about the Twitter Chat Schedule: The more that it gets promoted, the more all the chats will grow.

    You might be interested in a blog post I recently wrote on the different Twitter Chat tools:

    You might also be interested in an application that can merge media (video or audio) with a Twitter Chat.

    All the best. Hope to see you on a Twitter Chat. Some of my favorites are #eventprofs, #assnchat, #spkrchat, and we are going to launch a new one soon for those involved in the practice of Knowledge Management called #KMers

    • Thanks, Swan. I added a link to your post, and I subscribed to your blog as well. I see one can learn a great deal just lurking on some of these chats!

      How different the world was for my mother, as I can focus both on my family and learn about the business/tech world. She had to go back to work full-time in order to re-connect. Topic for a different post, a different day.

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