Blatantly stolen from Manilow Musings So here are a couple of articles from that blog to get the word out. Get on Twitter and I'll see you there!
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 TweetChat.com, 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.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS:
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.
How can we get Barry trending on Twitter?
@Franaway was so kind to pass this article along to me about Trending topics:
How Twitter Trending Topics Work and How to Influence Them
Take some time and read it, but here are the key points:
EVEN THOUGH THE VOLUME OF TWEETS DOESN’T MATTER WHEN TRENDING TOPICS ARE CONCERNED THE NUMBER OF DIFFERENT PEOPLE TWEETING ABOUT A SUBJECT DOES MATTER
Put simply it’s far better to have 100 people tweet the same hashtag consistently over a longer period of time then to have 10 people constantly tweet the same hashtag. There is a simple reason why this is true and why it happens which is because it gives a better over view of what the world is talking about, not what a few are interested in.
THIRDLY CONSISTENCY IS THE KEY!
Strong trending topics are created by lots of people talking about the same thing consistently over a long period of time, seems simple doesn’t it? Of course it does but most importantly it’s a very natural way to register what the world is really talking about.
AND LASTLY TIMING IS EVERYTHING
Major events and popular TV shows monopolizes the trending topics and for good reason, these are talking points that unite and divide people and encourage conversation, they also meet every single criteria set out above as they promote consistently large amounts of tweets from a large volume of people over a prolonged period.
Looks like we're meeting ALL the criteria. Pass the word along and get as many people joining in as you can.