How To :: Successfully Navigate a Twitter Party


Twitter parties are fast-paced conversations between many (sometimes hundreds) of people at once. They are often informative and usually a ton of fun!

Before the Party:

-Sign up for a Twitter account, if you haven't done so.

-Get the party details: date/time (pay attn. to time zone!), do you need to RSVP anywhere?

-Get online early if you want to catch the beginning. There's a little set-up work beforehand.

-You may want to close anything that slows down your computer (things that auto-refresh: Facebook, Gmail, etc), as a big Twitter Party can crash your browser.
It can be frustrating to participate in a party using regular Twitter.com, TweetDeck or Hootsuite. Fortunately, there are sites that offer convenient features, such as automatically adding the party's #hashtag to each tweet. Tweetgrid and Tweetchat are two good ones.
-Sign in to your preferred hangout room. (Tweetchat, Tweetgrid, etc...)

-Search for the party's hashtag. (Ex. #blogchat)

-Tweak Tweetchat or Tweetgrid for maximum efficiency.*

-Tweet a "hello" to the group. Introduce yourself or your blog, if appropriate.

-Do finger stretches!

*Tweetchat Tips:

-Feature people whose tweets you don't want to miss, such as the party's hosts.

-Block persons whose tweets are distracting or off topic. 

-Toggle font shrinks or enlarges the font size. I shrink to view the maximum amount of tweets on my screen.

-Refresh Speed controls the rate at which the stream refreshes. To be as close to real time as possible, I usually set it to the minimum.

-Pause will give you a minute to catch up if you need to.

-Share a link will tell your followers how to join the party, too. For the sake of your followers, be careful not to overuse this option.

During the Party:

-Ask questions

-Answer questions

-Network and Socialize

-If a party is going by quickly, I like to lean back and scan the page for good information, rather than read verbatim.

-I star useful tweets for later, rather than trying to take notes.

After the Party:

-Follow people after the party using a tool like Blastfollow.

-If you miss a party or can't keep up, ask the host for a link to the transcript.


Need to start at the beginning?

Do you have any useful tips for participating in a Twitter Party?

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