Chats on Twitter: Using Tweetchat and Tweetdeck

Twitter Chats are a great way to engage in a conversation with your community. Twitter bird with a bullhorn

I use one of these two ways to participate: Tweetchat or Tweetdeck

Tweetchat

  1. Go to tweetchat.com
  2. Login with your Twitter account
  3. Type in the name of your chat, e.g. #agchat #seedchat #blogchat

The nice thing about Tweetchat is you can control the user interface. You can speed up or slow down the refresh rate which means that you can control how fast the tweets are coming through, making it easier to keep up with the conversation. You can even pause the feed to give you time to respond to someone. Fonts can be made bigger or smaller for easy reading. And of course you still have all the regular Twitter functions for interactions.

Here is a video that will walk you through Tweetchat:

 

Tweetdeck

Tweetdeck is a third party application that lets you use Twitter from your desktop. You need to have Tweetdeck installed on your computer in order to use it for chats.

Here is a video that will show you how to follow a hashtag using Tweetdeck:

 

Using TweetDeck to follow Twitter Hashtag Chats from Tom Martin on Vimeo.