Twitter chats are public conversations that take place on Twitter at a scheduled date and time. There are chats on every theme you can imagine. Here are several currently active chats that are of interest to authors and readers. The list is sorted by day.
Chats (by day of week)
- Sunday 8-9 pm EST, #fantasychat -- Weekly chats for writers of fantasy.
- Mon/Wed 4-5pm EST, #LitChat -- Connect Readers with Authors
- Wed 9pm EST, #YALitChat -- For Young Adult Writers
- Thur 9-10 EST, #kidlitart -- Weekly chat for illustrators, authors and author/illustrators. Topics announced in advance via @kidlitart
- Fri 2-4 pm EST, #scifichat -- Science Fiction / Fantasy film, books, gaming. Moderated interactive format. Follow @scifichat for schedule changes and announcements.
How do I sign up for a Twitter chat?
- You do not need to register.
- Type the assigned hashtag (#) into the search bar on Twitter.
- Under "Results for #(your hashtag)" click "All" to see everyone's tweets
How do I get started in a designated chat?
There are several ways:
- Go to http://twitter.com sign in, and enter the hashtag in the search bar at the designated time.
- Use the site http://tweetchat.com to follow along (instructions on site).
- If you use a service such as Hootsuite or Tweetdeck, set up a column with the hashtag.
How do I participate?
- Anyone can participate by reading and/or writing tweets.
- Writing tweets is not required; participants can simply read.
- To take part by writing tweets, reply or tweet a message in 140 characters, including the chat's hashtag.
How do I find other chats?
Not all chats are registered. Some spring up over time as hashtags and interests evolve. But you can find registered chats on these sites.
Tweetchat Blog http://blog.tweetchat.com/calendar/
Tweet Reports http://tweetreports.com/twitter-chat-schedule/
Chat Salad http://chatsalad.com/
Follow me on Twitter. I follow back authors and readers. http://twitter.com/kayelleallen
What chats do you attend? Feel free to leave the hashtag, day, and time.