How to Rock a Twitter Party

So, you’ve been invited to join in a twitter party. . now what? Learning to use twitter can be quite confusing.  I understand, I am still new to the platform and still learning myself. However since I could not find any information on what was going on,  I jumped in head first and taught myself the know how. Hopefully I can shed some light on the subject for you and help you feel ready to join in the fun as well.

First, you will need to sign up for a twitter account. You can find the sign up page here. Once you are a member you can begin to join in twitter parties. What is a twitter party you ask? A twitter party is a group of people who all log into twitter at the same time and tweet with a common hashtag to form a conversation.  Most times a twitter party will take place with a company being a sponsor and free items will be given away to the participants.

What to do before the party starts:
In order to follow along with a twitter party you will need to be following the hosts.  The hosts will be names ahead of time. To follow their tweets simply click “follow” on their twitter handle pages. You should also RSVP for the party on the party page (this is normally also listed in the invite). RSVP’s are commonly collected using a linky or comment form. Simply add your twitter handle (mine is @raisingdickjane) into the form and you have completed your RSVP!

Attending the party:
Each party will have a specific start and end time. Parties normally last for 1 hour. You will need to be present for the entire hour if you want to qualify for a prize, so plan your time accordingly. While these parties can take a lot of time out of your schedule, the probability that you will win a prize is great. Most parties give away 20 or more prizes within their scheduled hour and have around 100 guests. I usually walk away with a prize about 50% of the time.

As the party progresses you will see tweets from the hosts regarding the product and questions for the participants to answer. It may look something like this:

Q1: What is your favorite color?

You should hit the “reply” button under the question and respond in the following format.

@partyhost  A1: Blue  #party hashtag

Answering in the above format will allow your response to be seen by the host and increase your chances of winning a prize. The most important thing when joining a party is to be active. Respond honestly and quickly to the questions. Speak your mind, and be yourself.  Oh, and the most important thing is to have fun!
Wait a minute! How do I follow along with the twitter party?
When I first started I just used my “home” page to watch for new party tweets from the host. Every time the hosts post a new tweet it will pop up on this page. This is why it is very important to be following the hosts directly.  As I became more comfortable I started using sites such as tweetgridTweetgrid allows you to see every tweet that is coming in with the same hashtag from all of the guests and the hosts. This can move fast and be a bit overwhelming until you are used to it. So start out slow.
How do I know if I won a prize?
If you win the host will call out your handle (remember. . @raisingdickjane?) and either give you a link to click on to enter your shipping information or will ask that you DM them after the party with your info.  If you are asked to DM them, this means Direct Message.  There is a small envelope on your main page, click on it and you can send messages to anyone you follow.

Ok, I want to join a party. How do find a party to attend?
The more people you follow on twitter, the more you will find out what is going on.  Fellow twitter fans will posts announcements when a party is coming up. These tweets will show up in your twitter feed. However to get you started, here is a list of upcoming parties that I will be attending from my favorite host Resourceful Mommy. You can also follow me on twitter and I will be sure to let you know when a party is coming up!

If you have any questions, please feel to ask.  I will make sure to respond to all comments.
I hope to see you at the next party!

Rock On
<3 Dick and Jane