#Expediachat is a weekly chat on Twitter, sponsored by Expedia and hosted by me. The chat takes place every Wednesday from 1:30 p.m. EST / 10:30 a.m. PST until 3:00 p.m. EST / 12:00 p.m. PST. I’m joined every week by a couple guest co-hosts who help me moderate the chat. There’s a new topic each week, with past topics including technology in travel and giving the gift of travel for the holidays. Past chats have come on the heels of announcements from Expedia, including the launch of a Facebook app with Groupon Getaways, Travel Wish List, and the new Expedia Hotels app for iPad/tablet. The chat was mentioned by Tnooz recently when discussing Expedia’s new iPad/tablet app. In addition to talking travel, Expedia has been giving away prizes each week, which have included an iPad 2 and travel vouchers to use on Expedia.com.

You don’t have to be a frequent Twitter user to join in the chat. You can follow the hashtag simply using Twitter Search. However, I recommend using a Twitter application like HootSuite or Tweetdeck, where you can create a column solely for #Expediachat, or use TweetChat, which allows Twitter users to tweet and reply using the hashtag automatically. See below for other need-to-know information:

  • If you aren’t on Twitter, maybe your Granny who uses Twitter to share her favorite recipes will let you use her account or it takes just a couple minutes to sign up for an account.
  • I’ll be asking questions every 10-15 minutes from my Twitter profile. Questions will begin like this: “Q1: What is your favorite…”. We ask participants to respond with “A1: My favorite…”. This is to help other people jumping in later know what question we’re on and mainstream the chat.
  • I ask that you stay on topic with the questions. If you have questions or information that is unrelated to the questions, talk to me on Twitter before or after the chat or simply leave a comment below.
  • Make sure you’re following Expedia on Twitter to be entered to win prizes they’re giving away each week.
  • Stay abreast of sweepstakes rules by viewing the Expedia Twitter Sweepstakes Official Rules, which are reposted every week.