Ten Easy Steps on How to Effectively Participate in a Twitter Chat

If you’re a Twitter regular, chances are you’ve probably noticed a hashtag reoccurring every week or every two weeks. You may have asked yourself, what makes a hashtag ebb and flow during somewhat predictable time frames? Well, it may not be a trending topic per se, but rather, a hashtag that is the central part of a Twitter chat.

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A Twitter chat is a live discussion marked by a #hashtag. As an example, #decortrends and #DIYtips are two hashtags used by @ZirconTools to identify chat tweets. By participating in a Twitter chat, you can elevate your company or brand. If you’re wondering how to join one, here are ten easy tips to get you well on your way to be an expert tweeter.

  • Sign in and set up. By making the most of your free Twitter account with a short bio, optional link to your website, and a bio image, you’ll be ready to go.
  • Find your experts. Identify and follow Twitter influencers within your industry that will help you understand which Twitter chats are most relevant for you to join.
  • Find applicable Twitter chats. You can find relevant chats by searching popular chat sites, such as Tweetchat.com. Once signed in, available “rooms” are listed and by clicking into a specific one, you can see the most recent tweets for chats of interest. Note the date and time of the chats.
  • Join the chat. There are multiple ways to log in and sign into the chat. Although all you need is a Twitter account to participate in a chat, it is often helpful to sign into Tweetchat or Twubs which are both cloud-based apps that specialize in Twitter chats. The advantage of signing into either app is that a live stream of tweets is automatically displayed for the specific chat and the hashtag is also already included.
  • Listen. Once you’re signed into a Twitter chat take a few moments to listen and view the chat dialog. By first monitoring the chat, you’ll become familiar with the chat lingo and the way the chat is orchestrated. Each chat has a host or a moderator. The host usually has the duties of posting chat questions.
  • Tweet. At the chat scheduled time, participate. It’s fine to take a step back, review, and listen to the online conversation before tweeting; however, if and when you feel compelled, jump into the conversation. Tweet questions are usually designated with a “Q” before the question number and will appear as Q1, Q2, Q3, etc. For others to see your tweets, make sure to include A1, A2, A3, etc. in your tweet and always remember to also include the chat #hashtag.
  • Share and retweet. When you find a tweet that you find particularly interesting, share the tweet or tweet directly to the person who posted the specific tweet. When you retweet, you’re acknowledging the other person’s idea and this can help build your own thought community as well.
  • Ask questions. While chatting, you may want further clarification. Often, the question is to be directed to a specific chat participant. Ensure you use the @ with the participant’s Twitter account, so the individual will know that the question is directed to him/her. Keep it brief and to the point.
  • Stay on topic. As proper chat etiquette, be focused on the chat conversation rather than straying toward commercial messages about your brand or tweeting about other topics that are not relevant to the chat.
  • Deepen the Relationship. The objective of the chat is to engage and share on-topic information related to the subject or theme. After the chat, enhance the relationship by following your new-found chat friends. Also, this will be a suitable time to expand the conversation to other topics of interest to you.

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Let’s exchange Twitter chat ideas. Please follow us @zircontools, like us on Facebook, or visit zircon.com. Interested in hosting your own Twitter Chat? Please read our blog, How to Host a Successful Twitter Chat for timely and useful tips.

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Three Earthly Business Revelations from Independence Day: Resurgence

Independence Day: Resurgence catapults twenty years into the future from the original 1996 film. In future state Earth, new technological breakthroughs propel multiple space craft that not only journey through outer space, but readily transport crew to and from the Moon, Saturn, and Earth itself. Although reaching for the stars is just one space pod away, our planet again is at the brink of extinction from aliens.

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Without Captain Steven Hiller (Will Smith), the movie arches with other heroes from the original film, along with the next gen comprised of a legacy squad of pilots and new original characters who apply stealth tactics and dry wit to combat the enemy.

Here are three business lessons every human, alien, or other space creature can benefit from:

  1. Know Friend vs. Foe

Testing the resolve of the Moon’s captain, the U.S. President, and its allies, the white elliptical sphere that patterns its way around the Moon seemingly poses a threat. World renowned Dr. Levinson (Jeff Goldblum), backed by President Whitmore (Bill Pullman) and his luminescent dreams, strongly implore that the look and feel of this twinkling light vessel does not have the same ominous presence as prior enemy space craft. Rather than face potential annihilation, however, their analyses are cast aside and the threat is neutralized immediately. It is only after its destruction that the military and politicians alike determine that the Sphere was actually an ally who had shared the same formidable Mother Ship alien enemy.

In our earthly life, fortunately, identifying friend vs. foe is not usually a life or death perilous situation. Nevertheless, building in-depth ties with true allies will help your business during the more tumultuous cycles. From trusted advice to working on complex projects, brands need strong partners who can lend expertise that is often outside the company’s core sphere. At Zircon, for example, our company continues to prosper with the extensive network of retailers and distributors who have supported our product lines since its worldly inception in the 1980’s.

  1. Strengthen Your Core

The Pacific Defense Missile System was no competition to the alien’s superior technological prowess. Outmatched from a tech standpoint, how could Dr. Levinson and the worthy heroes continue Earth’s human existence? Drawing upon man’s core strength of ingenuity and calculated risk taking, the pilot squad, President Whitmore, and the extended political, military, and scientific team fight to ward off the alien invasion.

While Generals in the film brace for alien impact, our day-to-day lives can simulate this type of war room – where decisions are sometimes needed immediately and with limited data. In high growth times, maybe even now, this is the opportunity to build up the reserves and to strengthen your core competencies.

  • Offer a hard to replicate service that customers need? Great. Look for more customers during your growth period.
  • Have a selected number of key experts in specialized fields? Wonderful. Perhaps it is time to cross percolate the training between these individuals.
  • Are resources keenly distributed between multiple regions? Excellent. Review and refuel those best efforts for when your options may be limited.

In lean times, you’ll be happy that you tested your system pilots, thoroughly trained your operatives, and did your research on the competitive landscape.

  1. Brainstorming for the Best Alien Answers

Once doubts and competitive rivalries were put aside and collective minds shared a common goal, one sensed triumph in the air. Embracing those who think differently or colleagues who have various self-interests may prove to be the best defense against the competition. Uniting together for a singular cause can merit results faster and more extensively than thinking alone for the “perfect’ answer. Sometimes the optimal solutions can be found through the collective reasoning, the creative thought process, and through group brainstorming. Whether it is a formal meeting of 8 – 10 or a water cooler chat, reach out and extend a hand to someone new – give you and your company that added leverage that can be achieved through diverse ideas. No need to wait for the next alien encounter. Get started today – your future competitive invasion more than likely will not take 20 years – you’ll need every human brain working toward your objective today in 2016, Earth years.

See other intergalactic business ideas from Independence Day: Resurgence? Please follow us @zircontools, like us on Facebook, or visit zircon.com.

Join us every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month at 11 am PST for our #diytrends chat. Let’s share, engage, and learn from each other.

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