Top 16 Twitter chats for social media and PR pros

Want to discuss social media with professionals from all over the country? Don’t miss out on these popular Twitter chats.

Many great Twitter chats happen each week, driving conversations and facilitating collaboration among social media professionals.

Simply Measured started with Robert Swanwick’s list of more than 620 Twitter chats. It selected 13 popular marketing chats and tracked its activity for the week of May 6-12, 2012.

We’ve added three popular social media marketing chats to the mix. While we do not have stats on these chats, we highly recommend them as engaging industry conversations.

Here’s a brief overview of each chat based on data from the week measured.

1. #blogchat – Sundays at 9 p.m. ET

This chat helps companies improve corporate and personal blogs. Themes range from SEO to building a team of bloggers.

It’s moderated by Mack Collier.

2,119 tweets on May 6, 2012

2. #hcsm – Sundays at 9 p.m. ET

This chat brings together health care professionals to discuss the benefits of social media for health care communication strategies.

It’s moderated by @HealthSocMed.

1,619 tweets on May 6, 2012

3. #pinchat – Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET

Chat members discuss best practices, showcase new uses, highlight brand usage, and share a passion for Pinterest.

It’s moderated by Kelly Lieberman.

1,112 tweets on May 9, 2012

4. #smmanners – Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET

This chat’s mantra is “bringing back civility and charm to online communications.” Topics range from building business relationships through social media to the appropriate ways of requesting retweets or LinkedIn recommendations.

It’s moderated by Dabney Porte.

1,071 tweets on May 8, 2012

5. #brandchat – Wednesdays at 11 a.m. ET

Each week they focus on one of the following themes: big business brands and non-profit brands, small business brands, personal brands, all about brands, and occasionally they run “open chats” about brands.

It’s moderated by Maria Duron and David Sandusky.

1,024 tweets on May 9, 2012

6. #linkedinchat – Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET

Chat participants tweet about ways to use LinkedIn, associated applications, and other social media platforms to improve LinkedIn results.

It’s moderated by Viveka vonRosen.

707 tweets on May 8, 2012

7. #mmchat – Mondays at 9 p.m. ET

This chat features a special guest who discusses a relevant social media topic and answers questions from participants.

It’s moderated by Jeff Ashcroft.

654 tweets on May 7, 2012

8. #socialchat – Mondays at 9 p.m. ET

This chat takes a featured guest and puts them “on the hot seat.” Participants drive the conversation by asking questions and engaging with the guest.

It’s moderated by Alan Knecht and Michelle StinsonRoss.

553 tweets on May 7, 2012

9. #smchat – Wednesdays at 1 p.m. ET

During 2012, they’re running four “series,” which take place on specific weeks each month. The weekly topics are focused on mobility, customer service, marketing, social change, and key social media trends.

It’s moderated by Chris Jones, as well as a variety of weekly hosts.

516 tweets on May 9, 2012

10. #wjchat – Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET

#Wjchat participants talk about all things content, technology, ethics and business for journalism on the Web.

It’s moderated by @wjchat.

470 tweets on May 9, 2012

11. #pr20chat – Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET

This chat helps PR professionals understand how new media is shaping PR.

It’s moderated by Heather Whaling and Justin Goldsborough.

376 tweets on May 8, 2012

12. #journchat – Mondays at 8 p.m. ET

#Journchat facilitates conversations between journalists, bloggers, and public relations professionals.

It’s moderated by Sarah Evans.

267 tweets on May 7, 2012

13. #smbiz – Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET

#Smbiz runs as an open chat session, where small businesses can get answers from experts and other small business owners.

It’s moderated by John Sternal and Chrisanne Sternal.

107 tweets on May 8, 2012

A few gems Simply Measured did not include:

14. #CmgrChat – Wednesdays at 2 p.m. ET

Community and social media managers discuss how to build and engage the online community for business.

It’s founded by Jenn Pedde (@JPedde) and Kelly Lux (@KellyLux /@iSchoolSU) and organized by

15. #BWEchat – Thursdays at 2 p.m. ET

This chat features new media, blogging, and social media marketing topics.

It’s moderated by Blogworld staff and Deborah Ng.

16. #LikeableChat – Sundays at 10 p.m. ET

This social media marketing chat commonly draws more than 100 participants.

It’s moderated by Likeable Media staff and Dave Kerpen

Which Twitter chats do you usually take part in?

Jason Keath, CEO and Founder of SocialFresh, where a version of this article first appeared.

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