If you’re a regular Twitter user, you’ve probably seen people in your feed posting seemingly out-of-context messages using a certain hashtag. These people (most likely) aren’t randomly shouting into the void — they’re participating in a Twitter chat. Twitter chats are a popular, useful tool for learning about different topics and meeting like-minded people.
Simply following a hashtag on Twitter can be dizzying and make it hard to participate in the chat, and sometimes posting multiple times an hour can be annoying. Fortunately, there a couple of tools to help improve your Twitter chat experience. Nurph will turn the hashtag’s feed into a chatroom-style view so you can see and interact with members in the chat all in one place. Tweetdeck’s columns feature will create a feed for the hashtag, letting you keep the hashtag separate from your other feeds. And all the Twitter chat haters can even use Tweetdeck to mute specific hashtags.
If you’re ready to try out a Twitter chat but don’t know where to start, we found these ten useful Twitter chats for Austin's startup community.
Host: Startup Canada
When it happens: Wednesdays and Fridays at 10 a.m. MT
Chat description: This chat is hosted by a Canadian initiative but still covers important topics for entrepreneurs like hiring, management and finance.
Host: Independently run
When it happens: Tuesdays at 7 p.m. MT
Chat description: “We get real on social business, marketing, media, leadership, ROI, relationships and life.”
When it happens: Thursdays at 12 p.m. MT
Chat description: A chat for CIOs and IT executives covering a variety of tech-related topic.
When it happens: Mondays at 5:30 p.m. MT
Chat description: A chat for HR professionals who want to change the industry, featuring guests from different verticals. (Note: we’ll be the guest on the March 28th chat!)
Marketing / Community
Host: My Community Manager
When it happens: Fridays at 12 p.m. MT
Chat description: A weekly G+ Hangout accompanied by a Twitter chat. Each week the My Community Manager team hosts a topic-based panel and invites anyone to participate in the discussion.
When it happens: Wednesdays at 10 a.m. MT
Chat description: Mostly social media managers, but the topics range from company culture to digital mindfulness
Host: Sprout Social
When it happens: Wednesdays at 12 p.m. MT
Chat description: Chat for community and social media managers about industry trends
Host: Independently run
When it happens: Fridays at 10 a.m. MT
Chat description: A global conversation on project management, business analysis and more.
When it happens: Every other Tuesday at 2 p.m. MT
Chat description: A biweekly Twitter chat focusing on all topics surrounding user experience (UX). With a team of inbound marketers, UX designers, and programmers, there’s no topic we won’t cover.
When it happens: Whenever a Twitter chat heads down a rabbit hole.
Chat description: Tired of going round and round with the same people on a topic on Twitter? Declare a #BeerSummit (like this one) to halt the discussion until the participants can meet up over brews at a bar. The outcome is almost always more productive and satisfying.