How to participate in #SASchats

It’s easy.
All you need is a Twitter account.

Real-time collaboration

Step 1
Approximately five minutes before the chat begins, log in to Twitter and type #SASchat into the search field.

Step 2
Choose the “Latest” tab, which displays recent tweets featuring #SASchat. All Twitter chats follow a question-and-answer format where the host account asks questions, then the Twitterverse answers. Typically the host will post five to six questions over the course of the chat to structure the conversation. For us, #SASchats are hosted by a corporate SAS Twitter account like @SASsoftware.

Step 3
Under the search results, look for activity from the host account. Specifically, you want to find the start of the #SASchat where the host posts the first question, marked “Q1.”

Step 4
You can just observe the #SASchat or actively join in - it's totally up to you. If you choose to reply, your response should include: 

  • The text “A1” for question 1, “A2” for question 2, and so on. 
  • #SASchat (Note:If you do not include #SASchat, your answers will not be a visible part of the conversation).
  • The Twitter handle(s) to whom you are responding — this can be the host account posting questions, another #SASchat participant’s response/comment or both. 
  • Any other hashtags relating to the topic of the chat (e.g. #AI, #IoT, #Analytics, etc.). 

Insider's tip

Twitter chats move quickly. By the time you respond to someone it might not be clear who you were speaking to. Always include their Twitter handle at the beginning of any response (like @kristinevick). This happens automatically by clicking the reply button underneath their tweet. 

Last but not least, you can always catch a recap of the #SASchat. We capture the conversations in Twitter Moments, so you never feel left out!