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Are you on Twitter and keep hearing about all these Twitter Parties going on but don’t know how to take part? Well, we’re gong to give you some tips so you can jump in and try to get your hands on some of those amazing prizes!

  • Find a Party! There are many ways to find Twitter Parties – we have a monthly Twitter Party linky where you can find parties going on that month (See it HERE). We add parties as soon as we hear about them but if you know of (or are hosting) a Canadian friendly party that’s not on the list feel free to add it! You can also keep a close watch on both Twitter and Facebook for party announcements or you can search #TwitterParties on both sites. Searching the hashtag will bring up all parties and you’ll have to sort through them to find the ones that are open to Canada. It can be time consuming but it works.
  • RSVP! Most parties will require you to RSVP for the party. If you don’t RSVP when it’s required but go to the party anyways, you will not qualify for prizes. Not all parties require a RSVP though. If it’s not needed then you just show up to the party and take part. Winners are drawn from all who are participating.
  • Follow The Hosts & Hashtag! When you RSVP (or on the info page for non-RSVP parties) it will list the hosts, co-hosts and hashtag for the party. Follow all of these people on Twitter. Not only do you need to follow them for the party, but leading up to the party their tweets will remind you of the time and date. On the rare occasion a party time or date may have to be changed so this will also allow you to see any changes.
  • How to take Part! Now this part of a party is all about your personal preference. There are a few ways you can take part so it may be best for you to try out each way to see what method works best for you. **You can play around with these at anytime so you can try them out before a party to figure out what you like best**

1. Follow directly through Twitter. In the search area on your Twitter feed search the party hashtag. This will bring up all of the tweets pertaining to the party. You can manually refresh your page frequently to keep up with the party. NOTE: I find that I often miss questions from the host by doing this so I have multiple windows open. I have one for the hashtag feed, one for each host/co-host and one for notifications so I can see if someone replies to one of my tweets.

 

2. TweetChat. I use this the most personally. It is a free application to use – you simply log in using your Twitter sign in info, allow the app and then at the top there will be a place for you to put in the hashtag you are wanting to follow. Once you’ve put in the party hashtag it will bring up all of the tweets for the party. You can stay right there for the party – it has a comment box for you to post your tweets from *TweetChat will automatically add the hashtag to any of your comments so you do not have to worry about forgetting it* TweetChat automatically refreshes new tweets coming and. If you find the tweets are moving to fast then just under the comment box there is a pause button. This will let you pause the tweet feed so you can see/reply to something without having it bumped down the line on you. When you are ready to unpause the feed all tweets posted during the pause will update. This is very helpful in a large or fast moving party.

 

3. TweetDeck. This is another free application for you to use. You sign in with your Twitter sign in info the same as TweetChat. TweetDeck basically allows you to set your page up in columns. You can set one colum to follow the hashtag, one for each of the hosts/co-hosts and one for your notifications if you want. This basically does the same thing as I outlined above in the ‘Follow directly through Twitter’ except everything is neatly on one page to see without having to flip through windows.

 

4. Twubs. Again, another free program. I tried this for the first time last week and have to say that I found it to be very user friendly. I think it would be one of the easiest for a beginner to start out on.  You log in with your Twitter info the same as the others and enter the party hashtag. It will then bring up the party tweets the same as TweetChat. The main difference is this: Above your reply box will be all of the tweets from your host (easy to make sure you don’t miss important questions!) and below the reply box will be all of the tweets from the partiers. Twubs also automatically attatches the hashtag to your comments and has a feed pause button.

 

Remember, Twitter Parties/chats are supposed to be fun. If you are a beginner, don’t get stressed out. You don’t have to read every tweet that is posted. Focus on the host as their tweets are the important ones. You’ll find that as you get more comfortable with parties you’ll be able to branch out and take part in side conversations with others but stick to the basics until you’re ready.

Hope this information helps – happy Twitter Partying!

4 Comments     20 Pings

By Anna Johnson Fri May 30th 2014 at 3:10 pm  

I barely know how to tweet. I was always feeling left out as I didn’t know how to participate in twitter parties. Thank you so much for the helpful info 🙂

By Karen Hill Fri May 30th 2014 at 3:23 pm  

I know how you feel Anna! I didn’t know anything about Twitter this time last year! It took a lot of playing around and sitting in on parties to figure it out. Good luck and don’t be scared to jump in and ask for help – there’s always someone around who will be able to give you some help

By Moe Bwell Tue Nov 18th 2014 at 10:07 pm  

Thanks for all the info, I”m still lost with it, but some things are cleared up abit:)

By Karen Wed Nov 19th 2014 at 6:49 am  

It is a lot to take in but I highly suggest just sitting in on one and just watching at least once. Things that may not be clear when you read it will become an “ah ha!” when you see it in action 🙂 Good luck if you decide to jump in!

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