Twitter Chats, #BatFleck, Business Basics and Follower Tools

Illustrated by Patrick Yurick

I’m a little bit re-inlove with Tweet Chats lately. This week I attended three: #mediachat, #blogchat and #cmworld.

#MediaChat, which I also love, is hosted by @Kilby76 every Thursday at 10pm EST and seems to always have a guest co-star also. The chat itself is about social media and whatnots. I liked this chat because I thought it gave away a lot of cool tools and apps to use. This was the first chat I attended where I had a running notepad going with about 500 words worth of notes that I even forwarded to Pat to check out.

#BlogChat is also very cool and very, very popular. Trying to follow along with this one is more difficult than most. It’s hosted by @MackCollier, and takes place at 9pm on Sunday nights. The chat is for bloggers of any kind to talk about blogging. I’ve attended a couple in the past and then again this week and it’s safe to say that they touch on just about every topic there is. This chat is a little unstructured, where there’s a general topic each week but then it’s mostly a free for all. This can draw in some self-promoters, but it also calls in some of the big bloggers. For example, last week @problogger was chiming in. If you’re new and only just learning how to Twitter Chat, I wouldn’t try this one first just because it might be hard to follow, but it’s still an exceptional chat that draws in a lot of good brains.

#CMWorld is a Tweet Chat leading up to Content Marketing World 2013. It’s at noon on a Tuesday and is totally distracting from work, but it’s great. What I love about it is not only the cool cats that attend, but also that each week, they so smartly ask one speaker to be a guest host for the chat. I only just started joining in, so I’m not sure if it goes on past the actual event, but I’ll tell you what … if I’d joined the chat months ago, I would have signed up for their event. The community that Tweets is great and I’d love to bump into them. If you’re throwing an event, feel free to steal this idea, it seems to have worked on me! Then again, I’m so easily influenced, you know, I’m a sucker for good marketing! Twitter Chats, #BatFleck, Business Basics and Follower Tools

On the list for next week (Eastern time): #journchat, Monday at 8pm, #socialchat at 9pm (also on Monday). Also, #muckedup at 8pm on Tuesday, and #cmgrhangout at 2pm on Friday.

In other news, what does everybody think about Ben Affleck as the new batman? Everybody forgot about it once Miley twerked her little heart out at the VMA’s, but I thought the hating on Twitter went a bit extreme. I liked how @TimCarvell put it, “Spend ten years working your way back into everyone’s good graces. Win an Oscar. Then you get cast as Batman, and BAM! You’re Gigli again.” By the way, I probably spent too much time on this, but I did put together eleven of the best responses to #Batfleck.

I also put together a little heartfelt “how-to” article of basics for businesses on Twitter. I remember a time when none of my favorite businesses were on Twitter and I’d just fake @ them for the fun of it when I wanted to Tweet about them. I’m not going to name any names, but I actually created accounts for some of them and did free marketing for them for a while too. That sort of thing gets hard though, when people start talking back to you. That’s when I decided to just email the owners with their handles and give up the pro-bono work. These days, there are lots of savvy businesses on Twitter and it’s only about 25% of the time when I get excited to promote a new biz I love and am subsequently disappointed, when I can’t @ them. Call me a nerd, but if you can’t @ a business, it takes a little of the fun out of it.

Finally, I came up with a giant list of tools for getting Followers, even though it makes me feel dirty. People beg for that sort of stuff though, so I decided to put up my own, clean, more white hat version. Cause’ y’know, it’s not that hard to get followers if you just start talking to people all the time. You’re only tricking the system and screwing your own analytics when you start buying them or using auto-follow programs.

If you start joining Tweet Chats and talking to the people you follow, you’ll get a lot more out of your efforts. And, you’ll probably like Twitter more too. I mean, why do you want a bunch of no-name followers that you’ll never talk to and who will never talk to you? If you can focus on getting 20 interesting, chatty individual people to follow you instead of 100 mute ones, you’ll enjoy your days on Twitter a thousand percent more, I promise.



Did you know that I’m now managing Twitter.About.com?

From now on I’ll be sharing a bunch of quick-tip articles here that link back to all the new tips,
strategies, apps and tactics I’m posting over there that will help you sharpen your Twitter chops.

Consider it cross-pollination! Twitter Chats, #BatFleck, Business Basics and Follower Tools

Twitter Chats, #BatFleck, Business Basics and Follower Tools


Amanda MacArthur

Amanda MacArthur is the CEO of BuzzFarmers. Before BuzzFarmers, Amanda ran the research arm of a publishing company for magazine publishers where she was hired to teach blogging and social media workshops to editors at Harvard, F + W, Time Inc. Condé Nast, Dwell Media and Bonnier.