Twitter Parties A How-To Guide

Twitter Parties are a great way to learn about specific topics, meet new bloggers/brands, and sometimes even win cool prizes! Twitter parties are hosted live and can be enjoyed in the comfort of your own home. Who doesn’t love the idea of attending a party that you don’t have to dress up for and you’re not required to bring anything?!  What if you don’t know anything about Twitter? No problem, we have a detailed How-To to get you ready for your first Twitter Party/Chat.

What is a Twitter Party?

It’s a live chat that uses a designated hashtag to join people in conversation. They normally last anywhere between 30 mins to 1 hour.

Create A Twitter Account

First, you must create a Twitter Account. Visit twitter.com and Sign Up to create a free account. Don’t forget, if you’re using a mobile device download the Twitter App.

Follow Hosts/Sponsors

Be sure to follow all Hosts and Brands that are sponsoring the party. There is a search bar that makes it easy to look up users or hashtags on twitter. Remember to use “@” sign before a users name to search for them.

Use the Hashtag

When you participate in a Twitter Party you MUST use the hashtag each time you join in the conversation. This way you will be included in the discussion.

Answer Questions and Participate

Generally, whomever is hosting the Twitter Party will ask a series of questions. These will normally be designated by a Q1, Q2, Q3, and so on. You will want to respond to each question with the corresponding A1, A2, A3 preceding your answer. Each answer should always be follow by the designated hashtag.

Example:

Host asks –

Q1: What is your favorite travel destination? #LittleFeetBigAdventures

Your response –

A1: I travel to Florida every year. My family enjoys the beach. #LittleFeetBigAdventures

(all tweets have a 140 character limit)

RSVP if Necessary

Often times, an RSVP will be required before the party begins, especially if a prize is being awarded. Follow the RSVP instructions. Each host has different requirements.

How-To Find Parties To Join

You might be wondering where you will find information on future parties. Mommy Blog Expert has an excellent Twitter Party Calendar where you can find all of the upcoming parties, along with who to follow, where to RSVP, and what hashtag to use. I also host Twitter Parties with a group of other bloggers. Be sure to sign up for our newsletter to stay up-to-date on our future parties.

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Other Resources

Twitter parties are fast moving and can feel overwhelming at first. Some people find that these parties are easier to follow by using TweetChat or TweetDeck.

After you attend a few, you’ll get the hang of it. They’re both educational and fun. And you might even WIN some awesome prizes!

 

Twitter Party Lingo  –

Hashtag –  anything following the “# sign

Username – all usernames will follow an “@” sign – “@username

Follow –  There is a follow button on each persons page on Twitter. Following someone allows you to see their tweets on your ‘Home’ news feed.

Menu Bar – The menu bar is located at the top or bottom of your page depending on the device your using. The menu bar consist of a Home, Moments, Notifications, and Messages page.

menu bar

Home Page – It allows you to see tweets from the people you follow in a live feed.

Moments Page –  It is a page full of the current best moments on Twitter.

Notification Page – Anytime someone follows, tweets, retweets, or mentions you, there will be a notification on this page.

Messages – If someone sends you a direct message (often referred to as a DM) you will find it on this page.

The illustration below highlight the different options and where they are located on a tweet.

Reply – respond to the tweet

Retweet – retweet this tweet on your page

Like – like the tweet

Example Tweet

If you have any questions feel free to leave me a comment and I’d be happy to answer them for you! 

 

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