Use: engage users with a hosted Twitter chat; provide sponsorship opportunities for advertisers
Twubs is a Twitter chat platform built on the official Twitter API that helps set-up, promote and execute Twitter chat sessions.
The new chat tools, according to the Wall Street Journal: “…allow chat organizers to easily create a public-branded homepage for their Twitter Chat. Once created, organizers can add their chat to a global calendar to be discovered by new users. In addition to advanced SPAM filtering, the Twubs interface separates out host messages from the regular feed allowing participants to more easily follow the conversation. Late chat participants can quickly get up to speed on the conversation by viewing the host’s Tweets at a separate and designated area above the feed….Twubs Twitter Chat Tools also include spam and abuse blocking, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), branding and many other features to support chat organizers and social media managers. The tools interface is designed to be simple and easy to use for both novice and more experienced Twitter users.”
News organizations can tap into their extensive Twitter following and, using platforms like Twubs, build additional followers, and schedule discussions on high-interest local topics. Newspaper should consider collaborating on a single chat platform and sell national advertisers across a range of local newspaper chat sessions.