#NPRKnight Twitter Chat FAQ

Mar 4, 2014

Participating in an #NPRKnight Twitter chat? Here's a quick FAQ to read through.

I am not part of the Knight Training - can I join?

Yes! This chat is open to anyone who is using Twitter. We welcome others to join in. Just keep in mind that discussion will focus on using Twitter from the perspective of journalists at NPR member stations.

What is a Twitter Chat?

A Twitter chat is a conversation about a specific topic, usually at a specific time. There are annual chats about everything from web journalism to agriculture. Organizations often use Twitter to hold one-time chats about specific topics, have Q+A's, discuss news series, and much more.

How do I join in?

Twitter chats are organized around specific hashtags. Our hashtag is #NPRKnight. Make sure to include #NPRKnight in all your tweets about the chat before, during and after.

How do I follow a hashtag?

There are several ways to follow a hashtag. (Most of these work from mobile, so you can join from anywhere.)

  • You can search for #NPRKnight on Twitter.
  • Set up a search column on a site such as Tweetdeck or HootSuite.

How do I not annoy my followers when I tweet a lot during a Twitter chat?

Start your tweets with @NPRKnight (or another username) so that only people who follow both you and that user will see the tweets in their feeds. 

Why should I join the chat?

This is a good way to practice and to connect informally with your peers online.