My favorite Twitter chat program is a free, web-based application called Tweetchat. This particular program is very popular because it’s easy to use and gives you many customization options. Here’s a quick photo tutorial for using Tweetchat. Click on any image to see a larger version.
1. The Sign-In Page. This is a screenshot of the Tweetchat sign-in page. Once you connect Tweetchat to your Twitter account, the background from your Twitter account will appear as the background for Tweetchat, and your avatar will appear on in the upper left-hand corner. In the center of the screen you’ll see a place to enter the hashtag of the chat.
2. What Tweetchat looks like, and what the icons mean. At the top of the page, there’s a large box for entering your tweets. Tweetchat automatically adds the chat’s hashtag for you, and also adds it to the character count. The tweets you write, and the tweets that mention you, are highlighted in grey. You can also choose to highlight anyone you like. (The background of the other tweets is white.)
If click on a tweet and hit the “reply” button, the handle of the person to whom you’re replying appears in the big box. If you click on a tweet and hit the “retweet” button, the entire tweet you’ve highlighted appears in the big box, where you can edit it. This is a very helpful feature even if you’re not planning retweeting, because it captures the handles of everyone mentioned in the tweet. Saves time and stress!
3. Changing the look and speed of Tweetchat. Directly underneath the message window are several customization options. The “pause” button can be essential during fast chats! You can also change the rate at which the chat stream refreshes itself, and there are two font-size choices. The final button make it easy to share the chat with your followers. Just click it, and the link to Tweetchat’s page for the chat will appear in the message window. (We’ll talk about the middle button next!)
4. Featuring and blocking chat participants. When you click the “user control” button, a box opens that allows you to feature or block participants in the chat. If you feature someone, their tweets will have a grey background, and there will be a green bar next to their avatar. There’s a feature/block button next to every tweet, but the “user control” dialog box allows you to feature or block many people at once.
You can also choose to block retweets, which is helpful when there are so many retweets that you’re having trouble finding original conversation.
Do you like Tweetchat, too? Do you have any Tweetchat tips or questions? Leave them in the comments area below!
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