Friday, July 15, 2011

What is a #Manilow Chat on Twitter?

Think of a Twitter chat as an online flash mob where a group of people convene at a certain time and engage in a form of choreographed mass communication before a group of unsuspecting bystanders. It's exciting, interesting, and captivating. At times, you don't know where to look! You can either choose to stand by and watch or, in the case of a Twitter chat, join the insanity. Chats typically last one hour.

The easiest way to join or follow a chat is to use a Twitter tool to track the tweets by the chat's designated hashtag (ex: #Manilow). The most important thing to remember to do is to use the chat's hashtag when you want to join the dance - contribute to the conversation.

To make things simple, here is what you do:

Use TweetChat to stream tweets by the designated hashtag for a particular chat. For example, to join #Manilow, go to, sign up with your Twitter account id, enter the name of the hashtag to follow (Manilow) and converse in real time. All of the related tweets will appear in a TweetChat Room on your screen. When you submit a post/tweet, TweetChat will automatically append the chat's hashtag so you don't have to remember to do so.

What's the number one mistake a newbie makes during a Twitter online chat? Forgetting to add the hashtag to the post. But if you use TweetChat, you won’t have to worry about it!

Thanks to Kelly Queijo of Smart College Visit and the creator of #CampusChat for this simple explanation of a Twitter Chat. She’s going to join us next Tuesday so introduce yourself and welcome her into the Manilow world!

Here are some of my tips:

  • Don’t worry about keeping up with every single post. Respond to the ones that interest you.
  • Don’t forget to RT (retweet) often to help with the trending and to let others in your feed see the conversation.
  • If it goes too fast for you, don’t be too concerned. Just read, RT and enjoy the conversations. You don’t have to converse with everyone and you can even make your own statements related to the topic (Barry’s new CD).
  • Follow the lead of the co-hosts (myself and Patti) and comment on any questions we ask or comments we make.
That about covers it. If you have questions, simply ask during the chat, and someone will answer and help you.

Tuesday, July 19, 5PM and 9PM ET
#Manilow Twitter Chat

Our Goal: Talk about the new album and get #Manilow to trend on Twitter, thus creating a buzz about 15 Minutes.

See you there,
Texas Fan


Anonymous said...

Mind if I copy this onto the YBA blog?
I'll be there too!!


texas_fan said...

Of course not. I expected you to. The Manilow bloggers are the backbone of this movement!

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