#GolfChat Is Blowing Up
This Tuesday, February 2, will mark my one year anniversary of partaking in something in the Twitter world known as #GolfChat. It was February 3, 2015 when I found #GolfChat, and since then, I’ve watched it grow into an amazing community of like-minded golf nuts.
I wanted to try and find exactly when my first #GolfChat Tweet was sent, so I went back to the beginning of 2015 and searched my Twitter feed to find where it all started. Sure enough, this brilliannce was my first every #GolfChat Tweet:
Pretty awesome, right? Since that first Tweet, I’ve done my best to join every Tuesday night and have been fairly successful, only having missed a few weeks due to school obligations and daddy duties. I also had the chance to spend a couple months promoting Golf Chat to everyone on Zeb Wellborn’s Twitter list. He used to enlist the help of volunteer #GolfChatters who would be interested in sending reminders to all participants.
So every Tuesday, for two different months, I’d neglect my actual day job to send Tweets to everyone on the list. At that time, there was only about 100 people, so it would just consist of 20-25 Tweets with about 4-5 people tagged in each Tweet. Now, nobody promotes it because the list is up to 407 people, as you can see from a snapshot of Zeb’s #GolfChat Participant list below.
Speaking of Zeb Wellborn, he’s the founder and CEO of #GolfChat. He founded this Twitter chat back in early 2015 and has hosted a new event every Tuesday. Zeb is an avid golfer and owns Wellborn Media and 19th Hole Media, which provide social media consulting to golf courses across America.
He has also written a book about how golf courses can use social media to grow the game locally and bring more golfers to their courses. I’ve read the The Social Golf Course (affiliate link) and highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in how social media can help golf courses grow their customer base.
Back in early January, Zeb launched the first #GolfChat Awards. While I don’t really like to brag, I was nominated for several award categories. After a couple weeks of voting, I am proud and humbled by the support I received in getting the winning vote from the community in the following three categories:
- Best #Golf Chat Questions
- Most Active #GolfChatter
- Most Valuable #GolfChatter
The last one got me this bad ass golf shirt designed by Herb McNally, who owns a graphic design business. Herb actually designed the logo above for Front9Back9.com as well, so I know he does great work.
Bridgestone Golf, who recently has became highly involved, also donated golf balls for the winners of each category so I am looking forward to receiving those very soon and giving them a test.
How to Participate in #GolfChat
- Be available from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM CST on Tuesday nights.
- Head to your favorite Twitter app. I personally use my iPhone 6 Plus or iPad. Zeb Wellborn uses his desktop because he tries to respond to every #GolfChat Tweet.
- Navigate to Twitter Search and type in #GolfChat
- Follow along as each question is asked, one every ten minutes, and Reply, ReTweet or Favorite any of the Tweets that you see.
So that’s it. It’s quite simple and lots of fun. If you’d like to find out more or read some of the awesome #GolfChatter bios, head on over to the new Golf Chat website, GolfChat.org. You can also follow Zeb Wellborn @ZebWelborn to get involved and ask to be added to the #GolfChat participant list, if he still maintains it…
I hope to see you on #GolfChat this Tuesday!