Do you LOVE to party? If you’re new to Twitter Parties, they are a great way to win fabulous prizes!
What is a Twitter Party? A Twitter Party is a fun educational celebration event that takes place on Twitter. Twitter parties can be used as a site-warming, to recognize a spectacular brand, and even new products. They are a fun way to make friends on Twitter, learn about various topics and brands, and win great prizes! We frequently host Twitter Parties for brands we admire and products we think are awesome!
To get started you will need a Twitter account. Twitter accounts are free and will be easy to set up. Go to Twitter.com to get registered, then read this short how-to get started on Twitter discussion and you will start feeling comfortable with Twitter.
Many of you know, we keep a Twitter Party calendar to keep Sweepstakes Mama readers up-to-date on the Twitter parties each week. You can visit the Twitter Party Calendar here. Twitter parties on the Twitter Party Calendar are listed by hashtag, date, and time. A hashtag will look like a word or phrase with the “#” sign in front of it. Hashtags are used on Twitter to track a conversation. Some examples of hashtags are #SweepstakesMama or #Sweepstakes. Each Twitter Party will have its own unique hashtag.
After selecting a Twitter Party to attend, click on the hashtag on the calendar and copy and paste the RSVP link in the description portion of the calendar.
Here’s an example:
Typically, Twitter parties as that you RSVP. The RSVP can be used to select winners. If there is an RSVP list, we recommend you sign up. After openhn ing the link, you will usually see the RSVP link-up. Your name will be your twitter handle with the @ sign in front of it. For example, I am @SweepsMama. The URL will be the link to your twitter handle. My link is http://www.twitter.com/SweepsMama.
After you RSVP, be sure to check the Twitter Party Calendar frequently as a reminder of upcoming Twitter Parties you may like to attend.
When it’s party time, we like using Tweetgrid. Tweetgrid is a website to help party in an organized way.
You will need the following information.
Your hashtag will be the #Whatever. Your hosts will be indicated on the Twitter Party calendar or RSVP page. You will enter their names with the @ symbol and using commas between each name. For example for party hosts @SweepsMama, @SweepReviewMama.
Your username will be your twitter handle without the @ symbol, so I would just need to put in SweepsMama.
After you get to the Tweetgrid you will notice 3 columns.
The first column will be the conversation with people using the hashtag, the second column will be tweets from the host, the final column will be your tweets and tweets to you. On each column, there is a search and stop button. If the chat starts moving to fast, you can pause it with the stop button and resume it with the search button.
Under your tweets, you will notice several symbols.
The left pointing blue arrow is the reply button. To reply to someone’s tweets, push this button and it will fill in their twitter handle to write a quick response.
The right pointing blue arrow is the retweet, also knowns as the RT, button. If you are asked to, or if you like what someone tweets, you can hit the retweet (RT) button.
After the blue arrow is the outline of a star. To save the tweet for later, click the star and it will turn yellow and be saved to your favorites folder.
After the white star is a beige conversation bubble. Do send someone a private message, also known as a direct message or DM, click this button.
The search button is after the conversation bubble is a magnifying glass. If you see a retweet in your stream, you may be curious who tweeted it first. This button will take you back to the original tweet in a new window.
The final button is the email tweet button. If you would like to send the tweet via email, click this button to send your message.
We hope you learned how to party on Twitter and that this will get you on your way to lots of Twitter party fun, and many wins!