Twitter parties can be a really fun way to share information and brainstorm with other moms but they can be a bit overwhelming if you haven’t done one before. Every time we host a Twitter party we get questions about how to attend and what to expect during the party.
I hate to have anyone miss out on a fun party and all the great chances to win prizes so I’m going to walk you through the process. If you have any questions that aren’t covered here, feel free to ask them in the comments.
First of all, what exactly is a Twitter party?
We get this question a lot. Just think of a Twitter party as an online chat, but one with some great prizes.
We set a time and a date that everyone can show up to tweet about a general topic. This is done by using a hashtag so everyone attending can filter things so they just see the party tweets.
It’s a great way to share ideas and interact with some like-minded moms on Twitter. You can jump in to the conversation as little or as much as you want. Twitter parties move quickly but no one expects you to see or respond to every single post. Just do what you can and I promise it will be much less overwhelming once you have one party under your belt.
Often there will be some great prizes given out during a Twitter party. It’s also a great way to increase your Twitter followers because you are getting out there in front of everyone.
How do you attend a Twitter party?
When we have a Twitter party coming up, we’ll create a post for the party with all the information you need to know in order to attend. The short and simple version is you tweet during the time of the party using the party hashtag so everyone can see your tweets. The party post will include information on the topics that we’ll be talking about, the prizes that we’ll be giving out, and a link to a custom Tweet Grid that will make it easier for you to see the party posts.
To attend a Twitter party, you will need to have a Twitter account. If you need help getting familiar with the way Twitter works, check out the post we did a few years back about what Twitter is and how you use it.
How to RSVP
Once you have your account up and running, you can RSVP on the Twitter party post. You’ll see an example of an RSVP linky on the post for our Twitter party with Pet Armor.
We get a lot of questions about this so I’ll walk you through it. The RSVP linky is found at the bottom of the party post and has 3 key pieces of information you need to enter. The “Link Title” is what your link is going to say when it’s listed. For a Twitter party, it’s best to put your Twitter ID, EX. @BusyMommyMedia.
You can see two examples in the image below:
Your email address is just that, and it’s not displayed. The URL is the link to your Twitter account. In my case that would be http://www.twitter.com/BusyMommyMedia. This is where your link title is going to send people to.
How to see Tweets during a Twitter Party
Twitter allows you to follow a conversation using hashtags. Each Twitter party will have it’s own hashtag. Every person participating in the party will add the hashtag (ex. #MomStorm) to every tweet they send out. Including the hashtag allows everyone participating in the party to see your tweet.
You can just search for the hashtag in the search field on Twitter and it will pull up all the tweets that are using the hashtag.
That’s a bit awkward though so I find it’s a lot easier to use a third party site like Tweet Grid. We provide a custom link to a pre-setup Tweet Grid on every party post. You’ll find it in the “How to Attend the Party” section of each party post here.
How to Participate in a Twitter Party
To participate in a Twitter party, click on the custom Tweet Grid link on the party post (like the one here for tonight’s #FleaFree Twitter Party).
The screen will look a bit chaotic at first but hang with me. It gets easier.
The first thing you’ll need to do is log in. If you are logged into Twitter.com already, all you will need to do is hit “Login” and it will log you in on the TweetGrid screen. Once you have logged in, type your Twitter username at the top of the right hand column.
The left column will show you all the tweets from the party. The middle column will show you tweets from the party hosts (in this case, me and the sponsoring brand). The right column (the one you typed your username in) will show you all the tweets that are directed to you and all the tweets you posts. If you just want to see what other people are saying to you, put @YOURTWITTERID at the top of the column.
If you see something you want to retweet (RT), aka. send out to all of your followers because you think it’s interesting (or if you just want to help spread the word about the party) all you need to do is hover over the box that has the tweet you want to RT and click the arrow that points to the right.
To reply to something someone says, click the arrow that points to the left. The hashtag will automatically be included in your reply if you are using TweetGrid.
Above all, just enjoy it. It’s not the end of the world if you miss a tweet. Don’t try and see or reply to anything. Just jump in where you can. If you need help, you can always tweet out, including the hashtag in your tweet, and ask for help. There’s plenty of people that are more than willing to help you out.
If you are a Twitter party veteran, what are your tips for attending a Twitter party?