It’s Twitter Tip Tuesday — every Tuesday we’ll focus on one Twitter Tip and show you how to integrate it into your social media strategy. This week we’ll show you how to see Twitter conversations already in progress so that when you join in, your replies will be more relevant.

At its best, Twitter can be used as a personal way to engage with your audience. And one of the best ways to engage with your followers is to join conversations that are already in progress. This article will show a very simple method to do just that.

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How to Join A Conversation Aready in Progress

Unlike Facebook, where you have to be “friends” before you can engage with anyone, Twitter is much more open and allows you to connect with people directly, simply by including their Twitter handles in your tweets. In fact, if you’re regularly checking your mentions on Twitter, you’ll probably find that you’ve been included in a number of conversations already in progress.

The problem is, sometimes it’s hard to know the context of the tweet you’ve been included in. Other times, you may simply be viewing someone else’s tweets, perhaps through a Twitter list, and you’ll see what appears to be a snippet of an interesting conversation that you’d like to know more about.

Fortunately, Twitter has provided a pretty nifty feature to explore conversation threads. For example, if you happened to stumble across this tweet, you might be interested to know what the @FordandLincoln account is referring to:

Example of a Twitter conversation in progress

The answer (and the rest of the conversation) can be found by clicking the small “speech bubble” icon in the top right corner of the tweet:

Example of a conversation in progress - with speech bubble

After you click the speech bubble icon, the threaded conversation will appear in the column to the right of your Twitter timeline (see below). It’s a “live” update, meaning you can reply directly to any of the participants in the conversation, or add the tweet to your Twitter favorites. This is a great way to get the back story on any conversation, as long as the participants have responded to each other using the Twitter “Reply” tab.

Example of the complete conversation

For more tips on how to join the conversation on Twitter, see our related articles How to Make Sure Everyone Sees your Tweets and The Fourth Thing to Do After Creating Your Twitter Account.

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