If you’re a regular Twitter user, you’ve probably seen people in your feed posting seemingly out-of-context messages using a certain hashtag. These people (most likely) aren’t randomly shouting into the void — they’re participating in a Twitter chat. Twitter chats are a popular, useful tool for learning about different topics and meeting like-minded people.
Simply following a hashtag on Twitter can be dizzying and make it hard to participate in the chat, and sometimes posting multiple times an hour can be annoying. Fortunately, there a couple of tools to help improve your Twitter chat experience. Nurph will turn the hashtag’s feed into a chatroom-style view so you can see and interact with members in the chat all in one place. Tweetdeck’s columns feature will create a feed for the hashtag, letting you keep the hashtag separate from your other feeds. And all the Twitter chat haters can even use Tweetdeck to mute specific hashtags.
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If you’re ready to try out a Twitter chat but don’t know where to start, we found nine useful Twitter chats for Chicago's startup community.
Host: Startup Canada
When it happens: Wednesdays and Fridays at 11 a.m. CT
Chat description: This chat is hosted by a Canadian initiative but still covers important topics for entrepreneurs like hiring, management and finance.
Host: Independently run
When it happens: Tuesdays at 7 p.m. CT
Chat description: “We get real on social business, marketing, media, leadership, ROI, relationships and life.”
When it happens: Thursdays at 1 p.m. CT
Chat description: A chat for CIOs and IT executives covering a variety of tech-related topic.
Host: HR UndergroundX
When it happens: Mondays at 6:30 p.m. CT
Chat description: A chat for HR professionals who want to change the industry, featuring guests from different verticals.
Marketing / Community
Host: My Community Manager
When it happens: Fridays at 1 p.m. CT
Chat description: A weekly G+ Hangout accompanied by a Twitter chat. Each week the My Community Manager team hosts a topic-based panel and invites anyone to participate in the discussion.
When it happens: Wednesdays at 11 a.m. CT
Chat description: Mostly social media managers, but the topics range from company culture to digital mindfulness
When it happens: Wednesday from 2-3 pm CT
Chat description: Chat for community and social media managers about industry trends
Host: Independently run
When it happens: Fridays at 11 a.m. CT
Chat description: A global conversation on project management, business analysis and more.
When it happens: Every other Tuesday at 1 p.m. CT
Chat description: A biweekly Twitter chat focusing on all topics surrounding user experience (UX). With a team of inbound marketers, UX designers, and programmers, there’s no topic we won’t cover.