I am delighted to be marking two years as a Chat Hour host for two popular local twitter chat hours.
#EBHour covers Eastbourne and surrounding towns, welcoming any local contributors to join in 7.30-8.30pm. #EBHour now has a regular core of local businesses, charities and organisation that meet up virtually each week to network online.
The chat hour was launched in 2014 by David Ruddle of thebeastof Eastbourne to encourage the local community to connect via Twitter. I have hosted since the first one and seldom taken a night off, but when I have done, I have had the support of David Ruddle to look after everyone if I am off.
In real life #EBHour greatly compliments the popular monthly networking event #EBTweetup which is hosted by David. This gives people an opportunity to get to know each other face to face and then continue the conversation online each week.
The same night #EBHour launched in 2014, was the night I took over hosting #SussexHour from the lovely Carole Manley. I had been a long time contributor to #SussexHour and was completely delighted to be given the chance to look after this extremely popular Sussex wide chat hour.
#SussexHour takes place directly after #EBhour each Thursday 8.30-9.30pm, and contributors can look forward to networking with on average 100+ other local businesses, charities and organisations across the county.
Chat hours bring people together, and have led to collaborations between contributors. All people need to do to join in is use the hashtag in their tweets whilst the chat hour is live. You don’t have to be there for the whole hour if you can’t nor do you have to be there every week. The only big no no is scheduling content and not being actually there to engage with people.
If you have something to shout about, want to grow your online network and improve your twitter skills – join in! You never know what a chat could lead to!
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