4 Twitter Chat Tools to Use to Follow Hashtags

Use These Tools for Participating in Any Twitter Hashtag Chat

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Twitter is basically one big chatroom for everyone in the entire world who's online, and a lot of people use it that way. Unfortunately, keeping up with a particular group of people in one main conversation can have its difficulties, which is why it's useful to have some Twitter chat tools handy.

What's a Twitter Chat Anyway?

Users across the globe host chats at certain times and days of the week, which anyone can follow and participate in by following the chat hashtag (as long their profile is public, of course).

For example, anybody interested in blogging can join the popular blog chat on Twitter, which takes place every Sunday at 7 pm Eastern Time, marked by hashtag #blogchat.

One of the biggest problems chat participants come across is that following a very active chat can be inefficient and frustrating when it's done Twitter via the web or on one of the mobile apps. Some chats move so fast, tweets fly by before you even get a chance to read them.

You could use a regular Twitter management tool like TweetDeck or HootSuite to at least follow a specific hashtag in its own dedicated column, but chances are you’ll have the same problem as following via Twitter.com. Everything moves too fast.

If you’re serious about getting involved with one or more Twitter chats and don’t want to miss anything important, there are tools specifically designed to help you follow Twitter chats closely and interact with chatters easily, which you should definitely take advantage of if you're serious about participating in chats.

Here are a few tools to help you get started.

TweetChat

TweetChat makes it easier than ever to get going with a chat. Simply type chat hashtag into the given field, authorize your Twitter account with TweetChat, and then start chatting!

You'll see a very clean and simple feed that looks similar to Twitter.

All the tweets that show up in that feed are from people hashtagging their tweets with the chat hashtag, so you'll never miss anything.

Use the tweet composer at the top to join in with your own tweets and don't worry about manually putting the chat hashtag in there, because TweetChat does it automatically for you! Pause the stream whenever you need a break, retweet or like anyone else's tweet and use the "My Rooms" menu option at the top to keep track of multiple Twitter chats!

Twchat.com

Twchat is great for people who are ready to take Twitter chatting to the next level. This tool lets you sign in through your Twitter account and create a profile so that you can then start your own chats, follow specific chatrooms and bookmark hashtags for later.

Unlike some of the others, this one has two columns that separate the mentors (which are the hosts of the chat and any special guests) from everybody else, which is useful for chats that have a lot of participants. On the front page, you can see a list of upcoming chats to see if any fit your interests.

tchat.io

tchat.io is very similar to TweetChat in that it asks you to enter a chat hashtag and sign in to Twitter to start participating using the simple chat feed page that it gives you.

The biggest difference is that tchat.io doesn't have any real personalized options that TweetChat does in its menu.

If you just want a super simple tool that makes chatting easier, tchat.io is a good choice. You can pause or play the stream at any time, hide retweets or even switch hashtags if there's another one you're following.

When you're ready to tweet, tchat.io also makes it ultra convenient for you to do so by including the chat hashtag in the tweet composer already. You can also use the black icon buttons to the far right of any tweet in your stream to reply, retweet, quote or like the tweet.

Nurph

One more Twitter chat tool to check out is Nurph, which stands out for a few reasons. First, it's the only tool that provides real-time chat replays if you missed your favorite chat. Another cool thing about Nurph is that group video chat is a feature that's currently being tested on the platform. Pretty neat!

Nurph sets its chats up differently from Twitter and the other tools mentioned above to look like the types of online chatrooms we used to see before social media took over the web, complete with a list of users on the right side and a message that says "username has entered the channel" whenever someone new joins. The community tab lets you see a list of upcoming chats, which you can click on to get a glimpse of their details and even RSVP to say you'll be there.

With any one of the above four tools, you can’t go wrong. Getting involved in a Twitter chat is one of the best ways to attract new followers, be part of a community and learn new things. Best of all, it’s free and loads of fun!