I log onto Twitter (@artdeal) more than any other social networking site. Mainly because I find it more enjoyable and useful for my business. I’ve had the pleasure of networking with some wonderful people and even got the chance to met them in person at meetups and conferences. Although, I love twitter, I tend to fall out of love with it from time to time. Then I come across something that draws me back in and this time it’s Twitter Chats.
About two or three weeks ago, I saw that one of my tweeps (people that I follow on Twitter) was participating in one and I decided to check it out. It was #StartupChat and that week’s topic was on delegation. This is something I struggle with, wanting to be in control of everything but will be working out the details to hopefully bring on an intern soon. This past week it was on branding. I got a lot from attending those chats and plan on attending more.
#StartupChat goal is to provide support, resources and inspirations for woman entrepreneurs. It take place on Wednesday 2pm EST (during the Summer 1-2 times a month, otherwise every week). You can also follow along on twitter @startupprincess.
Another business related twitter chat you should check out is #SmallBizChat. Started by Melinda Emerson aka The Small Biz Lady in efforts to help out other entrepreneurs and small business owners succeed by getting the answers to their most burning questions. There’s even expert guests that come on and share their experiences, as well as give advice. It take place every Wednesday from 8-9pm EST. You can keep updated by following @smallbizchat on twitter.
A few tips on how to participate in twitter chats
The first step is to have a Twitter account. It’s very easy to sign up for one. Make sure you have a photo even if it only a temporary one, no one likes to talk to an egg (default profile picture).
Your second step will be to follow the twitter accounts of the chat. For example follow @smallbizchat so you can stay up to date on what going with that particular chat.
Lastly, get familiar with third party tools such Hootsuite, Tweetdeck, and/or Tweetgrid that will allow you to follow the hashtag of the chat (that would be the # sign follow by the name). Tweetgrid is pretty cool because it will automatically add the chat’s hashtag at the end of your tweet. Also make sure you follow the rules of the chat. They are usually tweeted out right before the chat began.
So since today’s Wednesday why don’t you go ahead and check the two chats I recommend:
If you know of a Twitter Chat that I should check out, just let me know in the comments section below.