Improving Twitter Hashtag Chats

Are you using Twitter hashtags to hold pseudo real-time chats? Are you finding the 140 character limit too restrictive? Are you tired of using third party tools to piece together conversations of tweets containing your hashtag? If so, you should give a Nurph Channel a go. As @PeterC says:

"there are plenty of people doing annoying fake IRC experiences on Twitter using hashtags, shouldn't they use Nurph instead?"


According to Wikipedia, IRC (Internet Relay Chat) "is a form of real-time Internet text messaging (chat) or synchronous conferencing. It is mainly designed for group communication in discussion forums, called channels, but also allows one-to-one communication via private message as well as chat and data transfers via Direct Client-to-Client." However, IRC isn't considered a mainstream communication platform in the way that email, Facebook, or Twitter are.

Twitter #hashtag usage bears many similarities to IRC Channel functionality (the names of which are also pre-fixed with the # symbol). For example, when the #CareerChat community get together for a scheduled 'real-time' tweet chat, they would probably be better served by a real-time chat room that enables people to hold a free-flowing conversation, rather than having to fight the 140 character limit and the opportunity for other people to hijack the hashtag in question. With Nurph Channels being owned by Twitter accounts, e.g. @CareerChat, Twitterers can get together in a real-time chat room that's custom built specifically for Twitter users, and one that leverages Twitter's social rules to bring the right people in to the conversation.

If you're running a Twitter hashtag and scheduling real-time chats, try logging in to Nurph, tweeting the link to your Channel, and watching the Twitterers really getting together in real-time.