Normally, chat hours are either organised geographically, for example, there is
#EBHour (for Eastbourne on Thursdays 7.30-8.30pm
#SussexHour (Thursdays 8.30-9.30pm)
and coming soon is #1066Hour which will take place on a Monday (8-9pm) from 1st June 2015.
Or there are sector or themed chat hours such as
and so on.
Always worth checking the hashtags, to see who is posting and when to make sure they are UK and are active, as this may affect whether you join in or not.
How to get involved in a chat hour
Log in to Twitter and then go to your search bar top right of the screen and type in the name of the chat hour with the hashtag e.g. #SussexHour
You will then be taken to a view which has two options – View Top tweets, and view all. You need to select View All so you can see the conversation as it happens.
If you intend to join in regularly you can save that search (top right of the screen)
It’s a good idea to open a second browser screen and have that screen logged in for Twitter and select your notifications tab. This allows you to check if someone tweets you directly so you can reply quickly without going away from the search screen.
It’s just businesses selling – right?
Wrong! Yes businesses are the predominant group in some chat hours, but they are there to develop relationships – just as with any networking event offline. Charities and other organisations also join in as do individuals!
Chat hours give people a chance to get to know each other as people, share stories, a laugh, and other experiences as well as a little bit of promotion what they may be doing.
If you are new to Twitter chat hours are a great way of getting to know people and build a network.
Top tip! Don’t forget the chat Hashtag in your tweet, and don’t forget if you begin a tweet with a Twitter account (the @...) this can reduce the visibility of your tweet
Follow @hashtag_hour and @ChatSalad to get tweets about when Chat Hours start.