Twitter chats, or tweet ups, are a great way to use Twitter to network virtually with individuals from a specific industry or with a shared interest or location. It is a great way to find interesting people to follow and hopefully pick up a few more followers yourself too.
People come together at a set time, generally for a set hour each week and communicate by using a specific hash tag in their tweets. It may be an open discussion for people to chat freely and ask questions or it may be more structured with some set questions throughout the hour (which may or may not be publicised in advance).
#BlogHour is organised by the UK Blog Awards (@ukblogawards) and takes place every Tuesday between 9 and 10 pm GMT. It is an opportunity for anyone that blogs to come together to share hints and tips, connect and network with bloggers and to promote your blog and latest posts. New and experienced bloggers are welcome whatever your motivation for blogging and whether you blog as an individual or on behalf of an organisation. Click here to find out more and read their handy #BlogHour Tweeting Guidelines. It is aimed at UK bloggers nationally although people often join from further afield too!
#EventHour was launched by Event Industry News on the 29th of May 2013 via its Twitter handle @eventnewsblog. It takes place every Wednesday between 9 and 10 pm GMT. Read their step-by-step guide to #Eventhour.
#LancashireHour was established in July 2012 and is a weekly Twitter Networking forum where Lancashire based individuals and businesses can interact every Thursday 8 – 9 pm GMT. Since its creation, many #LancashireHour members have said that they’ve picked up some real new business from the contacts they’ve made and all for the price of an hour per week on a laptop, PC or mobile device. At a time when most businesses are reviewing the effectiveness of their marketing budgets, it’s hard to find a better free way to promote your business and make leads that can generate sales so effectively. (source: http://lancashirehour.co.uk/).
#NorthWestHour connects North West people & businesses Wednesdays 8 to 9 pm and Fridays 9 to 10 pm.
#SmallBizHour runs every Tuesday between 9 and 10 pm and every small business in the UK is welcome to join in. Follow this link for more information about #SmallBizHour. This clashes with #BlogHour but we try to keep our eye on it and contribute when we can!
You may find this Directory of North West Twitter Hours.from North West Business Life useful in locating other Twitter Hours relevant to the North West Region:
Which Twitter Hours do you find worthwhile? Any others you would recommend we join either nationally or for the North West region? We would welcome your thoughts and comments below!