What is a tweet chat?
Twitter is used to make random conversations. Basically there is no formal way of tweeting. People tweet what’s on their mind, events etc. other twitter users may retweet, favorite or reply to their tweets. However this has no direct flow of what people should talk about and at what time.
The closest a formal way of having a similar conversation through twitter is by trending topics which usually use hashtags. Users mostly tweet things that are relevant to that hashtag. A hashtag is a word of phrase prefixed with a # sign. Example #next4africa . This acts as an index which helps searching via twitter easy and people can easily keep tab with it.
A tweetchat is a pre-arranged chat that is linked with a pre-defined hashtag. Formal tweetchats are scheduled for a specific time. They may include a formal agenda with a specific leader or “speaker”, or they might involve a free flowing discussion between all participants.
Our favourite tweetchat tool is www.tweetchat.com . Its pretty much easy to use. What one does is type in the hashtag eg. #Next4Africa and join in the conversation.
To be part of the conversation make sure you include the hashtag #Next4Africa in all your tweets.
Join us for our first tweet chat, on April 17th 4 p.m. Nairobi/ 2 p.m. London / 9 a.m. New York
For more on how to participate in a tweetchat click here