What is #SmallBizChat? It is a weekly talk show on Twitter for small business owners. It takes place every Wednesday from 8-9 pm eastern time. Guest experts and participants type answers to questions from the host Melinda Emerson @SmallBizLady, using the social media site Twitter. The focus of #SmallBizChat is to help business owners succeed as their own boss as they start and grow their small businesses.
Getting Started on Twitter
First, you need a Twitter account. For details on Getting started on Twitter click this link http://succeedasyourownboss.com/06/2009/getting-started-on-twitter/
It’s a good idea to follow our Twitter account @SmallBizChat. Each week, we post a series of tweets about our guest and the topic for the week.
Terms you need know before we get started
- Hashtag The # symbol in front of any word creates a hashtag. #SmallBizChat is a hashtag. Hashtags are used on Twitter to track information on a specific topic. Click it, and it will take you to the most recent conversation on that topic. In Twitter, you can put a #hashtag in the search box, and see what folks are saying about that tag at that moment too.
- Tweetchat is a Twitter talk show, using text messages on Twitter to interact with a weekly guest on a specific topic – using a #hashtag to help my people follow the same conversation.
Joining in on #Smallbizchat Wed 8-9pm ET
- Tchat.io Sign in use your Twitter account, enter the hashtag (e.g. #Smallbizchat) and press the “Start Chatting” button. The feed automatically adds the hashtag and updates as you chat in real-time.
- Twubs.com Use Twubs to follow hashtags and conversations that interest you on Twitter. Follow Real-time tweets, photos, videos and more from hashtags in one place.
Near the end of the chat: In the last five minutes of the chat, the host sends out a tweet allowing people to introduce them selves, or to give a 140 character commercial, so be ready to plug your business.
The host also tweets out info on next week’s guest and topic.
After the chat: Follow the people who you found interesting, continue the conversation if warranted.
Just a Note about Chats and Twitter Troubles: Sometime Twitter’s search function is running slow, either due to the volume of people using the service, or maintenance issues. Sometimes it can take a full minute or two for a tweet you sent to show, if this is the case, we persevere. If the slowdown is long, we may try switching to a different service such as Hootsuite.com or we may cancel or postpone the chat. If this is the case, be sure to watch the tweets of our host @SmallBizLady, @SmallBizChat and our virtual assistant @YourJobMyOffice for tips on what we are doing.
For more information about various chats on twitter, and how people use them, check out these links:
Info on hashtags and how they work: http://twitter.pbworks.com/Hashtags
Look up a #hashtag to find info on What the Trend: http://wthashtag.com/
We hope this will help you join #SmallBizChat each Wednesday on Twitter. Our goal is to help you succeed as your own boss as you start and grow your small business.