How to Twitter Chat with #

Each week at a set time, I am busy (very busy!) chatter-nattering about picture books. It’s online within the wonderful worldwide Twitter community. We call it #pblitchat, and anyone can join in – if you have a Twitter account. It’s really very easy.

There are probably countless ways you can take part in a twitter chat – these are the two I’m familiar with. (You can use these forums for different chats – you just change the hash code.)

How to take part in a Twitter #pblitchat:

1. Go to TweetChat ( and click on the tab in the top right that says, ‘Sign in with Twitter’. It will want you to Deny or Allow – you allow.

TweetChat before you 'Sign in with Twitter.'

Once you’re in, it puts the hash code (#pblitchat) in for you automatically. That’s so helpful!! You just have to Tweet! (All the #pblitchat will scroll down below you.)

TweetChat ready to roll!

2. Go to TweetGrid. (

1.  Type your Twitter name in the ‘User:’ box.
2.  Type your Twitter password in the ‘Pass:’ box.
3.  Type ‘#pblitchat’ in the ‘Hashtag:’ box.
4.  And type ‘pblitchat’ into the grey box underneath those – next to ‘Search!’ and ‘Stop’.
5.  Hit ‘Search!’ and moments later it will show all the latest #pblitchat posts.
6.  Type your comment into the ‘Tweet:’ box – and then hit ‘Tweet!’ to take part in the conversation.
Note: Once you’ve hit in all the information (User/Pass/Hashtag) you just have to type in your message and hit tweet each time. (And like TweetChat – it automatically adds the hash code once you’ve set it up.)

Fill in the boxes then chatter.

You can sign in and test them at any time – they will show the most recent tweets with the #pblitchat tag. (So there’s always something there.)

For more information on #pblitchat times and topics, check out the Picture Books Only blog. And you can follow @pblitchat on Twitter. Maybe I’ll meet you in a #pblitchat one day. 🙂

If you’re keen to take part in other Twitter chats, Debbie Ridpath Ohi (@inkyelbows) has compiled quite a list! Thanks for sharing, Debbie!


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