“Life is a journey, not a destination.” Emerson wrote it and since then, people have proclaimed it in an effort to get people to live in the moment, to appreciate the world around them and to shift their perspective on what they are trying to achieve.
Well, while “those” people are handing out daisies at the airport, the rest of us are boarding flights with direct (or indirect) routes to a destination. Why? Because we have a reason, a purpose for getting there. That’s where our luggage is going for one thing, but mainly it’s because that’s where s**t happens. We are moving toward a desired goal ’cause it will make our lives better.
When you’re on Twitter, it’s easy to see why people new to the network have no idea what the heck is going on, and feel lost in a clutter of chaos that’s coming at them a mile a minute. It’s a constant barrage of links, tweets, retweets, videos, sales, spam and some actual conversation.
One great way I’ve found to introduce people to twitter, as well as help them make real connections is to show them what I call Destination Tweeting Events. These are the hashtag conversations that happen around specific appointments — days and times — around specific topics. #Blogchat happens on Sunday nights. If you have a blog, you should be there. I learn something every week without fail. #Litchat occurs every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 4-5 PM EST. It’s for booklovers to discuss all things books.
As part of my 10-week course for established and aspiring authors looking to embrace and integrate social media into their everyday lives as writers, I incorporate a Twitter chat weekly event so that they learn to use the tool, can talk about issues they are having in building their online platform and using the medium, and don’t feel like newbies when they hit up other chats in their goal to learn, write and sell their books.
I highly encourage you to find destination tweeting events in order to learn more about Twitter and the field you’re in, as well as to build quality relationships that go beyond the event. I’ve found that I talk more — I mean really talk and share more — with those with whom I’ve been involved in chat events. We’ve already come together around a specific interest, and it’s much easier to start and build on those conversations. They help you reach your goal faster — they are the more direct route, if you will.
You can enter a hashtag (the pound sign ‘#’ with a keyword or phrase next to it) into the search bar of Twitter or your preferred Twitter tool, or Tweetchat.com is a great place to search for chats around a specific topic, as well. Try a word or phrase a couple different ways to see what pops up. If you don’t find anything, you can always start a chat yourself; though it’s easier if you’ve built a following.
What are your favorite Twitter chats? I’m always looking to see what’s out there.