1. What are Tweet Chats?
Tweet Chats (or Twitter Chats), are real-time, Twitter-based discussions. You can participate by searching for, and using, a unique hashtag. They are usually conducted during a specified time.
Whilst the popularity of Tweet Chats has declined in recent years, they are still used by many professionals, especially communications practitioners. Therefore, it’s important for communication students to have an understanding of how they operate and engage with them.
Join #studentcommschat this Friday 15 May 2020 at 2 pm AEST to discuss “connections” with strategic communication expert Mel Kettle.
2. Benefits for communication students
- You learn more about the work of professional communicators. You’ll also be able to ask questions and get up-to-the-minute details about current practice.
- You get to network with working practitioners. There are so many benefits of this. They can be possible mentors, internship hosts or even employers. You’ve heard the saying “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” It’s true.
- You get to meet other enthusiastic students. Meeting and networking with other great students is important because it helps with your motivation and you learn from them. They are likely to be your peers and give you valuable referrals when you enter the profession.
- It shows you have the right attitude. When employing graduates most organisations “employ for attitude and train for skill”. Participating in something as simple as a Tweet Chat might not seem like it will help you land a great job, but it will. Participating in activities because you want to, not because you have to, says volumes about you. Employers want graduates with that attitude.
3. How to participate in our Tweet Chat
- Joining the Tweet chat
The easiest way to participate is by going to http://twchat.com/hashtag/studentcommschat and signing in to your Twitter account. This site automatically updates with the latest Tweets using the hashtag, and automatically adds the hashtag #studentcommschat when you Tweet.
Alternatively, you can search for the hashtag using your regular Twitter service such as the native Twitter App, the Twitter website, TweetDeck etc. If you use this method, you’ll need to remember to manually add #studentcommschat to anything you Tweet, otherwise your Tweet won’t be recognised as part of the conversation.
You obviously need a Twitter account to participate, but you can also just follow the conversation by going to http://twchat.com/hashtag/studentcommschat.
- Questions & answers
During the live chat, questions from organisers and special guests will be marked with a Q (and a number) for participants to answer. For example:
To answer, begin your Tweet with an A (and the number of the question) and remember to include the hashtag #studentcommschat. For example:
If you have a question for the special guests, simply start your Tweet with the letter “Q”. For example:
This is a student chat. It’s a learning experience. Don’t be worried about making mistakes, that’s how you’ll learn.
For more information on Tweet Chats you might like to read Social Media Today’s How to participate in a Twitter chat. It has some very useful tips.
If you’re interested in hosting your own Tweet Chat there are some great guides online:
- 5 Steps to Hosting Successful Twitter Chats: Your Ultimate Guide
- How to Host a Twitter Chat That Connects with Your Audience
If you have any questions, please email email@example.com.