Twitter chats are quickly becoming one of the best ways to use social media to meet other like-minded people. In this post we’re going to introduce you to the most popular twitter chats for outdoor adventure and outdoor enthusiasts (as recommended by our Twitter followers and friends), as well as tips for participation.
What is a Twitter chat?
Twitter chats are an evolution of the original Twitter party. Twitter parties are one-off events paid for by brands or businesses to discuss or launch something new, usually a product. A Twitter chat is different because it’s not about a brand a product, it is just people gathering at a set time to talk about a theme within a topic.
While Twitter parties are random and sporadic, twitter chats typically happen at the same time every week. You can watch and enjoy the chat from a distance or chime in by following the chat’s hashtag.
How to participate in a Twitter chat
Twitter chats are usually constructed around a minimum number of questions which the host will ask the participants. Each question will be asked with a “Q” and then the number of the question. If you wish to share your answer to a question with everyone else at the Twitter chat just start your tweet with “A” and the number of the question – and be sure to include the chat’s hashtag in your tweet so it will be seen by everyone, not only your followers.
The best way to experience a Twitter chat is by using a third-party dashboard like Hootsuite or Tweetdeck, because they help you organise your feed into nice neat columns. Below is an example of Tweetdeck and how we use it to split tweets related to the #HikerChat hashtag into their own column.
5 Best Twitter Chats in 2015 For Outdoor Adventure
Now let’s get into the good stuff.
When: 9am PST, Fridays
What: The largest outdoor adventure Twitter chat. #HikerChat has become an online community where beginner to veteran hikers, campers, and general outdoor enthusiasts ask questions, find hiking partners, give feedback on gear, share their outdoor adventures, and recommend the best places to hike.
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When: 6pm PST, Tuesdays
What: A contender for the people’s choice Twitter chat, #CampChat came highly recommended a number of times – even by the hosts of #HikerChat so you know it must be good. #CampChat focusses on campsite reviews, planing trips, and sharing your adventures. It’s your social guide to the outdoors.
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When: 5pm PST, Mondays
What: Weekly live chats discussing survival, camping, hiking, safety, and all things outdoors. As well as weekly giveaways!
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When: 9am PST, Thursdays
What: A Twitter chat all about inspiring each other discover new ways to enjoy the wilderness.
When: 9am PST, Mondays
What: A fun and informative way for me to learn from everyone else’s adventure experience.
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Happy chatting, friends. We’ll see you there!