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Hopefully, you’ve taken part in a Twitter Chat at least once before. If not, you should! Not only are they a great place to network with similar users, you can gain followers, learn something, and have a good conversation about something you enjoy. (If you’d like to know how to find some good chats, let me know in the comments and I’ll be sure to write about that next!)

Assuming you have taken part in one, you might even want to create your own. Maybe you want one similar to an existing chat, but at a different time, or specific to your locale. Maybe you want to create one that just doesn’t exist! Neil Vidyarthi over at SocialTimes gives his 12 steps to create a successful Twitter Chat! He also explains a few reasons why you should want to host, so head over to the post if you’re interested.

  1. Participate in similar (but not identical) chats to the one you’d like to start.
  2. Research the #hashtag and find the ideal time for your chat.
  3. Create a website and Facebook Page for your chat.
  4. Invite field experts to be featured in your chat.
  5. Reward and encourage regular participants!
  6. Find a co-host so you don’t have to do everything on your own.
  7. Engage with everyone, and encourage quiet participants.
  8. Promote with your own Twitter account a few days before the chat, and then the day of, count down every few hours.
  9. Have great conversation!
  10. Prepare questions for your guest and give them to him/her ahead of time.
  11. Utilize tools like TweetDeck and Hootsuite during your chat.
  12. Create a summary and point out great contributors, then share it with all of your followers, encouraging more to participate the next time!

Find the full article here!

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