My 5 Best Twitter Party Tips

Date Wed, October 7 2015

Isn’t it crazy that I’ve only participated in three Twitter parties? My first Twitter party was so long ago that I’m not even sure when it was or what it was for. More recently, I attended two for #BlogPawsChat — and I was even reminded how much fun they are. I haven’t been able to participate in more parties since then, but I am definitely hoping to!

If you’re not familiar with Twitter parties, then you need to know they’re scheduled events where multiple participants and a host follow a single hashtag. Everyone meets up to follow a conversation about a specific topic. Twitter parties are a great way to win prizes, learn about products and services and make new friends. Twitter parties go fast! They’re over before you know it, which is part of the appeal. Once you try one, you might find yourself wanting to do them all — and you could! There’s likely a Twitter party going on every day of the way.

But these social media events move quickly and can involve thousands of posts from hundreds of Twitter users. It can be overwhelming. Fortunately, I’ve got some tips to make it easy on you

1. Read The Rules

Although there aren’t a lot of rules to Twitter parties, you should check beforehand. Do you need to RVSP? Are prizes only open to specific countries? Can you get a prize for referring participants? Does the party take place in a different time zone? Knowing rules only helps you out!

#BlogPawsChat Twitter Party

#BlogPawsChat Twitter Party

2. Follow the Host

Most Twitter parties have one or more hosts who leads the conversation, asks questions and whom you’ll talk to to get prizes and such. So you want to make sure you actually follow the account because you may need to send DMs back and forth to quality. Then, always keep them open in a tab and look for questions and conversations from the host first.

Bonus: The host will typically share content from the Twitter party, which can also get you highlighted.

3. Know the Hashtags

If you try to follow the Twitter party through the hashtag alone, you’re going to get lost in the thick of things, trust me. These things move at light speed, and you want to know what your host is saying. But following the hashtag allows you to see what others are saying and perhaps make some new friends. Plus, you’ll want to add that hashtag to the end of all your posts.

I’ve yet to find a great way to auto-append hashtags to Twitter party messages, but I’m sure it’s out there. Let me know in the comments if you’ve got something that will do the trick! Aside from that, make sure you’ve got spelling down. Capitalization doesn’t really matter with hashtags on Twitter, but it can help things look neater.

4. Watch Your Notifications

You’ll get a lot of new followers, favorites, replies and RTs during Twitter parties if you’re active. Don’t be surprise that your Twitter notifications blow up, then. I like to keep these open as a separate tab so I can follow back or reply right away.

5. Use Technology to Help

I don’t find mobile devices great for using Twitter parties. They aren’t as responsive as my laptop, and it’s hard to keep up with the host, the party hashtag and mentions. The easiest way to keep up is to open at least three tabs in Twitter an to update them. Twitter will let you know whenever there are new tweets in any tab. However, you’ll have to manually update those tabs, which takes time.

A tool that automatically updates these tweets is even better, and you don’t have to install anything on your computer if you use Tweetdeck.  Simply log in to https://tweetdeck.twitter.com/ with your Twitter account to get starter. By default, you’ll see replies and direct messages as columns in Tweetdeck. You can add a column for the host by clicking the “+” and selecting “User.” Type their name into the box to add the column.

I also suggest following the hashtag in its own column. Click the + again. Select “Search.” Type your hashtag, including the “#” sign into the search for. For example, if I want to follow Twitter party #RBCTwitter, I would type exactly the hashtag. Any column can be deleted after the Twitter party has finished.

Seeing how fast these columns can move in Tweetdeck can be overwhelming at first, but it’s much easier to view more content via this method. You can also use programs like Hoostsuite, but I find Tweetdeck to be the easiest for my needs.

 

It really didn’t take me long at all to get the hang of Twitter parties. In fact, I participated in two at once for a short time! Now, I always keep an eye out for Twitter parties I might be interested in.

There are a number of ways to find them. Many companies enlist popular bloggers to host, and bloggers are often participants. I like to post about Twitter parties that my readers might like on Twitter and Facebook. Your other favorite bloggers will let you know what they’ll be doing, too.

There are a couple more places to find Twitter parties, too:

Perhaps I’ll see you around at the next Twitter party!

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