Twitter chats are a way for people to share ideas and opinions on a theme in real time. Participating is simple. Just log in to your Twitter account and search for the Twitter hashtag (# followed by the chat name). Chats have one to several moderators/hosts who present questions on a predetermined theme.
Twitter Chat Etiquette
At the very beginning of a chat, people often introduce themselves and say hello. Questions are then tweeted approximately every 6 to 10 minutes. To check and see whether a question has been given, you can search for the hashtag plus Q1 and so on (ie “#rtwchat Q1”). To follow the whole stream, keep your search on the hashtag alone, or, alternatively, you can filter just the answers to the current question by searching the hashtag plus A1 or A2 or A3, etc. To join in, just tweet your answer using A1, A2, etc. and don’t forget to include the chat’s hashtag on all of your Answers, RTs and Replies. It’s also nice to give an indication of the question in your answer if you have space. For example, if the question during #divechat is, “Q1. What’s your favorite dive destination?” You might answer, “A1 Favorite dive spot is Indonesia. #divechat”
We like to open another browser tab in order to keep refreshing interactions with our own Twitter handle. To do this, open another Twitter tab, and click on “Connect” in the upper left-hand corner of the Twitter page. By doing this you can interact with those responding directly to you more expediently and also keep track of new Followers. After the chat is over, some hosts post a round-up of highlights on their blog or website. Antitouristtraveler.com’s summary of #travelpics is a great example of this.
Below is a round-up of our favorite travel-related chats on Twitter. All times are EST (UTC -5 hours) unless otherwise noted. If you know of any we missed, please let us know about them in the Comments section!
Travel Chats on Twitter
#Expediachat – 1:30 pm; Sponsored by @Expedia
Saturday – Seems to be a day off for traveling Tweeters!
Travel-Related Twitter Hashtags
The following Twitter hashtags can be used to share travel-related Tweets. These hashtags are geared toward different sub-groups of the travel world. For travel bloggers, many can be useful in drawing attention from a wider community. Note that #country and #city are also popular, as are tags for activities: #scuba #hiking #fishing.