• http://generationbsquared.com/ Linda Bernstein

    Nice column, Ric. My advice, still, is to make sure that when you’re a guest you have a really good Internet connection. When I was a guest on #mediachat the other week, I was doing it from a DSL connection, and my browser kept freezing. So by the time I restarted my browser and I got back (this happened 3x), questions had been posted by the host, and I didn’t know. It was an active chat, and all went well anyway. You one time said all you needed was a coffee shop. I’m not sure that’s true. Oh, some hosts have the guests on the phone to make sure that the guest is ready and knows where things are at. I think that may make sense after my experience.

  • http://twitter.com/SocialMichelleR Michelle StinsonRoss

    Now you all know why I warn the Special Guest on #SocialChat to put on their fireproof pants and get ready for the ride of their lives in the hot seat :) As hosts we are sweating it out right along with the guest and fully appreciate how crazy an active chat can be.  Hopefully, we have empowered all of our guests to share their knowledge in a way they makes them shine.  

  • http://memorybuilder101.com/ Deane Alban

    I attended my first twitter chat yesterday at #foodandmood held by Huffington Post in association with a doctor. It went very well! Over 9,000 twitterers attended but only a few dozen made most of the comments. I’m new to Twitter and found several interesting people to follow and got several new followers myself by making some thoughtful comments. I also found a ton of interesting tweets to retweet.
    Do you think they should have included the word “chat” in their hashtag? It seems they may have missed some people who wouldn’t have found it because of this.

  • http://twitter.com/erocketSEO Dave Fowler

    I can vouch for the benefits of pre-preparing a bunch of well-crafted tweets. These become an excellent anchor amidst the buzz of the live chat, and keep a sense of structure too.

    In my case, I was asked to provide advice rather than answer formal questions. I drafted a top ten tips, ordered them into a logical, progressive flow, and then edited and re-edited them to ensure clarity and ease of retweeting.

    During the chat itself I found that dropping a new tweet every 2 to 3 minutes (initially intervals of 4 minutes, but that seemed too drawn out) allowed me to focus on answering questions and to otherwise engage with the audience.

    I couldn’t have done so as effectively if I’d been trying to write the core tweets on the fly, and as a further upside, as a result my nerves soon settled and I really rather enjoyed the experience; the hour flew by. Given the chance to guest chat I’d heartily recommend anyone to grab the opportunity.

  • http://dragonsearchmarketing.com/ Ric Dragon

    Not sure Deane – I’d think the foodies would find it anyway – but at 9K attending (wow; what a HUGE number! How’d they know how many?) – Maybe the *reach* of that dozen was 9K?  “Chat” does at least suggest to people that they can open up and share!

  • http://dragonsearchmarketing.com/ Ric Dragon

    Which chat was that, Dave?

  • http://twitter.com/erocketSEO Dave Fowler

    Hi Ric, it was with MyBlogGuest, on the subject of content strategy for guest blogging via that platform.

    Roundup here: http://myblogguest.com/blog/dave-fowler-erocketseo-on-guest-content-strategy-myblogguest/

    Summary and archive of tweets here: http://storify.com/myblogguest/myblogguest-twitter-chat-2012-04-05

  • amhey

    Why on earth shouldn’t you use a smartphone – using the Tweetdeck app you can see what’s going on easily.

  • http://dragonsearchmarketing.com/ Ric Dragon

    It’s true; it IS a good way to see what’s going on; but awfully difficult to type into at the pace of a Twitter chat. I actually have mine open – looking at the phone, along with desktop apps (and dual monitors at that).

  • amhey

    I can type on my iPhone almost as fast as a person speaks – and I’m not a great typist! I’ve been using onscreen keyboards since 1992.