A guide to Twitter chats for the Chicago startup community

March 24, 2016

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.


General business/tech

1. #startupchats

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.

2. #getrealchat

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.”

3. #CIOchat

Host: SearchCIO.com

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.



4. #HRUChat

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

5. #CMGRHangout

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.

6. #bufferchat

Host: Buffer

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

7. #sproutchat


When it happens: Wednesday from 2-3 pm CT

Chat description: Chat for community and social media managers about industry trends


Project management

8. #pmchat

Host: Independently run

When it happens: Fridays at 11 a.m. CT

Chat description: A global conversation on project management, business analysis and more.



9. #UXtalk

Host: Mainstreethost

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.


Know of another Twitter chat we should check out? Email us or tweet us: @builtinchicago.