One of Twitter's amazing secret-sauce ingredients is the ability for an unlimited number of people to participate in "chats" on Twitter. By using a certain #hashtag, users can chat and network based on similar interests.
I realize two ironies as I write this post: (1) First of all, people are flocking to Google+. Yes, you can video chat with 10 people, but there's not the same ability to share information in a Google+ Huddle. (2) Twitter is down as I work on this post. :) Oh Ef.
The best way to find out when live chats are happening on Twitter is to check out the ell-managed Twitter Chat Schedule, hosted on Google Docs and maintained by Future Business.
This list is a powerhorse for networking on Twitter. Anything you can think of you can find a chat for and meet others sharing info on that topic. Some chats pick a subtopic each week. There are currently 462 chats listed!
Here are some of my favorite chats which consistently offer engaging content. You can find them and many more on Twitter Chat Schedule list.
#smcedu Discussion about Social Media / Higher Education. Hosted by @yongclee on Mondays, 12:30pm EST.
#fem2 Chat for feminists, womanists, and progressives about modern day women's issues. Hosted by @fem2pt0 @katie_stanton on Sundays, 10-11pm EST.
#mculturalfam A biweekly chat for multicultural families, in which we talk about bilingualism, multiracial parenting, interrracial relationships, recipes, and more. Hosted by @mculturalfam on Mondays, 7-8pm EST.
#journchat Conversation between journalists, bloggers and public relations folks. Hosted by @PRSarahEvans @journchat on Mondays, 8-9 PM EST.
#4change A monthly discussion of using social media for social change projects/campaigns/work. Currently on hiatus. Hosted by @tomjd @amyrsward on 2nd Thurs each Month 2-4pm PST, 5-7pm EST.
#bebetter a chat for entrepreneurs trying to balance their business and the rest of their life. Hosted by @lisajohnson @susangiurleoson on Thursdays, 8:30 PM EST.
#fbbiz Weekly chat to talk about the effective tactics for marketing on Facebook and all topics relating to business and Facebook. Hosted by @fbbiz on Tuesdays 7-8PM EST.
#CEOKidsChat We talk about raising entrepreneurs, supporting next gen leaders, best biz practices, parenting strategy. Hosted by @RaisingCEOKids @SarahLCook on Thursdays, 5:30 - 6:30 PM PST.
#VAjot A social networking night when Virtual Assistants come together as business colleagues/friends to connect, share and discuss our accomplishments the past week. An evening to JOT down everything on our minds, from introducing new members to discussing positive flows within our businesses, we guarantee it will be a fun and informative social night for all to hang with their peers in the VA industry! Hosted by @VAnetworking at 7PM EST 1st and 3rd Wednesdays.
#cmgrchat A for Community Managers to discuss tips, advice, common themes and projects. Discuss as a tool for the profession. Hosted by @JPedde @kellylux on Wednesdays, 2-3pm EST.
#MomBlogBiz Chat for "mom bloggers" (and others) to discuss taking their blog into the business area @RobynsWorld on Thursdays 9-10pm CT.
#SmallBizChat Helpful tips and advice geared toward small business startups and those that have been in business for less than five years. We host a different guest & questions each week. Hosted by @smallbizchat @smallbizlady @CathyWebSavvyPR on Wednedays 8-9pm EST.
#smmchat A discussion tailored to Social Media Managers who use social media on behalf of a brand/company/corporation or business. We narrow-in on corporate SM topics. Hosted by @jen_mccoy on Thursdays (Every other week).
#smNPchat Weekly chat sharing marketing and fundraising resources for the 1-person nonprofit development shop. Hosted by @pamelagrow on Fridays 12-1pm EST.
Enjoy! Don't forget to follow me, I'm @PowerfulHER.