TWITTER CHAT GUIDELINES | NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR CONTINENCE
Want to host a Twitter chat with the National Association for Continence? We'd love to have you! Read about our hosting policies here.
@BHealth Twitter Chats
Twitter chats are an online, live-event for individuals on Twitter to engage in specific conversation about a designated topic. Typically, Twitter chats are hosted by businesses or leaders in the given sector on a consistent basis. A hashtag is associated with the event as the way people join the conversation on Twitter. The host of the chat uses the hashtag as a tag of sorts to ensure that everything they tweet can be searched with that hashtag. So every participant must also use that hashtag in their tweet in response to the questions or conversation in order for it to be viewed as part of the chat. In our case, our hashtag is #BHealth.
So How Do You Join A Twitter Chat?
Before you start preparing anything, make sure you have an active, complete Twitter account. That means, you use your twitter handle regularly- or are planning to-and the appropriate information is filled out in your profile so people can understand who you are. The most important parts of completing your profile include: adding your name, a website or LinkedIn profile for the profile link, and a bio explaining who you are.
- Follow the individual hosting the given Twitter chat. In this case, that is us, @BHealth_!
- Log on to Twitter during the time of the weekly Twitter chat.
- Find the conversation by searching for the chat with the hashtag. In this case, find the hashtag #BHealth to participate.
- Decide how you will monitor and participate in the conversation. There are many online apps or systems that will help you aggregate a hashtag into a live stream that allows you to see everyone's contributions to a conversation in one place. Our favorite tool is Tweetdeck because it is a Twitter product so you can log in with your existing Twitter account and it's free. Click here to learn about other options.
- Join the conversation by responding to questions and prompts with a tweet including the Twitter Chat's hashtag. This means responding to a question or comment you like using #BHealth in your tweet.
- Questions and Conversations in the chat are noted by Q's and A's. (For example: "Q1: What is your favorite color", "A1: Blue.")
- Anyone participating in a Twitter chat who wants to answer a question asked by the host must use the corresponding A# to notate that their tweet is in response. *It is not advised that someone answering a question respond directly to the host in a reply fashion (i.e. @host A#: " ") since that implies that they're not communicating with the group but rather only with the host.
- If a host or co-host wants to ask a question of the group they must publish the question with the Q and corresponding number and the hashtag.
If you still have questions or are nervous to jump right in, watch the chat to see how it works. Make sure you're logged on to Twitter at the appointed time of the chat (in our case-- every Tuesday morning at 9aPT/12aET) and find us through a hashtag search or a stream you've set up on one of the apps noted above.
You'll get a sense of how the conversation is directed, how people add their thoughts in response to questions, and in general, how engagement occurs.
Excited to chat with you soon!
Co-Hosting a Twitter Chat
The difference between participating and co-hosting a Twitter chat with the lead Twitter Chat host is minimal. The host of the chat, in this case the team at NAFC (via @BHealth_), will still lead the conversation. The co-host will merely help provide answers, help direct the conversation, and will prompt a few of the prepared questions for the main host. If you are interested in co-hosting a Twitter chat with NAFC, please direct message @BHealth_ to learn more about upcoming co-hosting opportunities.