5 Tips for Better Twitter Chatting

by Katelyn Block on December 20, 2012 · 30 comments

Hi friends!

My legs are jello (thanks, 48 squats I did tonight). My brain is kneaded. My heart is happy and excited, and there are endless amounts of butterflies in my tummy.

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Oh, how life changes are exhilarating.

Tonight, FitFluential and PUMA (which has some pretty cool sustainability practices) hosted an awesome Twitter chat about staying fit for the holidays. So, I figured I would share some tips for good Twitter-chatting with all of you (since I’ve done one or a thousand in my day).

Yes, just made that a verb.

5 Tips for Better Twitter Chatting

  1. Be human. Be personable. Be conversational. The most important thing you can do in a Twitter chat (or in general) is be yourself, because the fact is, you’re awesome. People relate to conversational voices, and will likely be most engaged when you don’t sound like a robot.
  2. Keep up with the chat. Utilize a tool such as Tweetchat, HootSuite, or my personal favorite: TweetDeck. Storify is also a fun one if you plan on documenting and sharing highlights of the chat.
  3. Interact. Don’t just answer questions. Interact with other Tweeters (what a funny word) and build relationships. Because, the fact is, they’re probably pretty awesome too (and will be there as a connection in the future).
  4. Offer a fresh viewpoint on discussion topics. For example. Tonight, we were asked a question about how we stay on track with our fitness during the winter months. My response? “Play. Run, jump, swing, lift, and HAVE FUN,” instead of the typical: “I go to the gym every day at this time without fail” response. Bring spunk. Bring pizzaz. Personality is what makes social media (and life) more exciting.
  5. Follow the chat (co-)hosts and those you interact with. Not only does it connect you to people with similar interests, it’s good etiquette and shows that you’re not just there for the exposure. Relationships are what make the social media world go round. Network, show interest, and bring life to your interactions.

What are your tips for good Twitter chatting?

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Elle December 20, 2012 at 11:02 PM

I think that it is a good thing to try to stay on topic instead of going off on a tangent and taking the conversation down a path that really doesn’t relate the TOPIC of the chat. When that happens I just get totally bored and want to leave.

And don’t RT everything you see!

Good topic..

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Katelyn Block December 21, 2012 at 9:07 PM

So true! Typically it’s good to stay on track so everyone can participate and follow along.

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MegG December 20, 2012 at 11:06 PM

I’ve made some great new friends via twitter chats. I love them! I always feel a little bad for my non fitness related twitter followers when I join in on a chat, so I always make sure to do a quick notification before I join one. This way they know that they’re about to get hit with a bunch of tweets relating to the chat (of course I always invite them in on it too!).

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Katelyn Block December 21, 2012 at 9:11 PM

Same! Haha I do that as well. I like to mention that people can mute a high-traffic hashtag using Muuter.com. Helps to avoid the clutter!

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Coco December 20, 2012 at 11:18 PM

If you are using a platform like Tweetdeck, add a column for the hashtag so you can see all of the Tweets, but follow the leader (hah!) so you can flip back to your own stream to find the topic questions — some chats are so active the tweets fly by. And, following poeple who’s comments strike a chord with you and following back are great ways to expand your Twitterverse.

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Katelyn Block December 21, 2012 at 9:11 PM

Yes definitely! Great tips!

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Sarah December 21, 2012 at 12:32 AM

Great tips! I’m having so much fun with all of the twitter chats with blends recently :)

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Katelyn Block December 21, 2012 at 9:12 PM

Right?! Love connecting with others!

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Mo December 21, 2012 at 1:35 AM

Great tips!! I have connected with sooooo many awesome people through Twitter chats.

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Caroline December 21, 2012 at 1:40 AM

Twitter chats are a great way to connect with me! I definitely have gotten in the habit of multi-tasking with chats and that ends with me missing the conversational aspect of it, which isn’t so good. Conversations are a great part of the chat:)

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Katelyn Block December 21, 2012 at 10:08 PM

Haha that happens with me sometimes too, can’t be on point all the time!

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Kierston December 21, 2012 at 8:14 AM

Thanks 4 these tips…I’m soooo behind when it comes to Twitter anything lol

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Katelyn Block December 21, 2012 at 10:17 PM

You’re welcome!!

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Linz @ Itz Linz December 21, 2012 at 8:27 AM

all great tips! like you said, GET INVOLVED! don’t just tweet your own stuff – respond to others, be human, & have fun!

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Katelyn Block December 22, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Amen, woman!

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maria @ lift love life December 21, 2012 at 8:50 AM

Awesome tips! And I totally agree to bring your personality to the table, that’s how you stand out. But don’t be overly obnoxious while trying to stand out, I think people see right through it! Also, don’t RT everything, ugh!

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Katelyn Block December 22, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Good tips!! Especially #3 – use your OWN voice, don’t just RT others. ;)

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Madeline @ Food Fit and Fam December 21, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Love all your tips! Definitely agree with them :)

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Katelyn Block December 22, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Thanks lady! ;)

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Christine @ Love, Life, Surf December 21, 2012 at 9:31 AM

I’m so sad that I missed that chat!! These are great tips though – definitely interact. That’s the whole point of a chat, right? It’s been so fun to meet new folks through Twitter chats. My other tip is learn to speed read :-)

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Katelyn Block December 22, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Haha, so true! All those days of learning how to skim textbooks has paid off!

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table December 21, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Great tips! Especially #1 – fake shines through!!

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Heather @ Better With Veggies December 21, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Great tips! Twitter chats are so fast paced and can be overwhelming, but also very fun! I love getting to meet new people and learning more while I’m at it. :)

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Katelyn Block December 22, 2012 at 2:37 PM

They can be VERY overwhelming, especially at first! The most important part is to answer all questions, interact, and only read what you can — don’t get overwhelmed by trying to read *everything* and *answer* everything!

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Kammie @ Sensual Appeal December 21, 2012 at 1:55 PM

Great post, I love twitter chats. I always end up leaving with some new twitter friendships made :)

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Katelyn Block December 22, 2012 at 2:39 PM

La la LOVE Twitter chats :) So true!

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Jen December 21, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Great suggestions! I am not a huge twitter person but have done some chats and they have been fun.

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Katelyn Block December 22, 2012 at 2:44 PM

They’re great! p.s. Nothing wrong with that, girlfriend!

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Andrea December 22, 2012 at 1:47 PM

Thanks for the great tips! I just joined my first ever Twitter chat a few nights ago. I was very overwhelmed! Hopefully, I will get better with practice :)

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Katelyn Block December 22, 2012 at 2:45 PM

You definitely will! Practice makes perfect, and Twitter is definitely included in “skills” that can be developed!

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