Tracking Twitter Chats the Easy Way

As I said in the last post, feedback from some of my students about joining in with the #Edshift Twitter chat indicated that they were overwhelmed by the fast-paced, multi-directional responses. I can understand that.  While it fires me up, it was too unfocused for some of them.  Well, here’s a quick remedy if you want to engage in chats (and you should). Try the following free tools for seeing a more organized chat:

  • Nurph: While this tool is free, you will  need to sign up and create a “channel” for the chat. What I like about this is that, depending on who’s running the chat,
    Nurph allows replays of your old chats, as well as helping to organize a current chat.

    Nurph allows you to view replays of old chats, along with organizing your current chat.

    you can set it up to keep the current chat question at the top, instead of the question getting buried in the barrage of tweets. The site also allows you to see replays of archived chats.  And I haven’t even tapped into all of Nurph’s functionality.

  • Tweetchat: Simple.  Just type in the Twitter chat hashtag and you’ll see all the tweets from that chat.  It’s sort of like doing a search for your hashtag directly through Twitter, only it’s better because when you tweet through this site, it automatically adds the hashtag.  It also auto updates, but not when you scrolling down on the page.
  • Hootsuite: This overall social media organization tool can also help you manage your chats.
  • TweetDeck will allow you to do the same thing.
  • Twubs: Another tool for following a particular hashtag.

And once you’re done chatting (or lurking!), it’s possible the people moderating the chat have Storified the whole affair.  While you won’t be able to participate in these post chat round-ups, you can still soak up all that chat goodness.



About Nancy Kaplan-Biegel

I am the journalism program coordinator at Skyline College in San Bruno, CA, as well as the adviser to The Skyline View.

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