Twitter Party 101
January 6, 2014 8:00:00 AM EST
If you’ve never participated in a Twitter Party before, NOW would be the perfect time to change that! Tomorrow night, TGN is having its FIRST EVER Twitter Party to celebrate their 7th birthday! It will be a TON of fun and they are giving some pretty awesome prizes away.
There’s no need to get all dressed up or call the sitter for this party… All that is required is comfy attire, your computer, and occupied/sleeping kiddos.
New to Twitter? Here are some Twitter basics and Twitter party tips:
What is a Twitter party?
A Twitter party is basically a bunch of people being logged onto Twitter at the same time, having a conversation. There is usually a host, a person who leads the conversation. They key element that brings everyone together during the Twitter party is the hashtag (#). The hashtag is made up by the host and usually has something to do with the party. For example, the hashtag for tomorrow night’s Twitter party will be #TGNseven. As long as you tweet or reply to a tweet using the hashtag, you’re a part of the party. It makes you visible to the other party goers. Other Twitter followers will be able to see your tweet and talk with you. Forget the hashtag, and the only person who will see it is who you tagged in your tweet, so be sure to use it every tweet!
Twitter Handle- A Twitter Handle is your user name.
Example: my name on Twitter is Stephanie Beck@apronstrings04... @apronstrings04 is my Twitter handle.
Whenever someone composes a tweet with your twitter handle, you're notified. That's how you have a conversation on Twitter. Example, if I wanted to tweet to The Green Nursery, I would say:
"Hey @TheGreenNursery, I love how quickly you ship my #clothdiapers!"
TGN may respond with something like:
"@apronstrings04, thank you! We understand that fast shipping is very important to our customers, so that's what we strive for."
Tweet- A tweet is like a status update on Facebook, except it's limited to 140 characters.
Twitter Follower- On twitter, you can follow a person or businesses and they can follow you. Following is subscribing to someones stream of tweets. If you follow someone, that means that you will be able to see their tweets in your home screen, and vice versa if they follow you. It's kind of like a Facebook friend.
Reply- If you want to respond to someone's tweet, hit reply. The person you are responding to's twitter handle will automatically pop up. Their twitter handle is needed so that they will be able to see the tweet.
Retweet- If you like what someone has to say and want to show them a little love, “retweet” it! This duplicates their tweet and sends it out to your twitter followers, and the original tweeter will be notified. You can simply retweet it, or edit and retweet, which will bring up RT (means retweet) in front of it with that person's twitter handle. If you have room, you can put a little message at the beginning.
Example: My twitter handle is @apronstrings04. If I tweet:
"@thegreennursery is awesome! #TGNseven"
You can just retweet it and it will stay exactly the same and be sent out to your followers. It shows that you like what I said and want to share it with everyone. If you choose to edit and retweet, it will look like this:
"RT @apronstring04 @thegreennursery is awesome! #TGNseven"
You can put something at the beginning, so it looks like this:
"I agree! RT @apronstrings04 @thegreennursery is awesome! #TGNseven"
Favoriting- If someone tweets something you want to save for later, like a link to a blog post you'd like to read, or you just want to show them a little love, “favorite” it! The person whose tweet you favorite will get a notification.
What's the easiest way to participate?
Twitter parties are usually VERY fast-paced. While you can certainly attend a Twitter Party on your regular old Twitter account, it’s much easier to follow along using a platform such as Tweetdeck. Tweetdeck is an application used to manage your Twitter account. You of course, have to have a Twitter account first, but Tweetdeck is like an add-on that can help you organize and keep up with your Twitter account. With Tweetdeck, you can set up columns so you don’t miss a thing! It’s a live feed, so no refreshing is required.
When you sign up, on the left hand side of the screen is a plus sign (+). Click on this to pull up a menu of columns to add. I would recommend having:
Notifications column- this column alerts you if anyone mentions you, replies to one of your tweets, favorites something you tweeted, or retweets one of your tweets.
Search column with the party hashtag- If you hit the search button on the left side of the screen and type in the hashtag (ie #TGNseven or whatever hashtag that particular party is using) it will pull it up and you can pick between tweets or users… pick “tweets” and add column. This is essentially the “party”-- the column with all of the party goers’ tweets.
Host Column- Using the "List" feature, you can create a column for your host so only their tweets will be in that column. Since the party will be moving fast, you don’t want to miss anything your host has to say. You may need to respond to them within a certain amount of time if you are picked for a giveaway, and you definitely don't want to miss that tweet.
User Column- It’s not necessary, but if you want to keep track of everything that YOU tweet, it’s a good idea to have a user column pulled up too.
So Twitter Newbies... did this help or are you a heck of a lot more confused than before?
If you have ANY questions, feel free to ask in the comments, or in the TGN: Help a Mama Out! group. We'll do our best to help... a mama out :)
I hope to see you there tomorrow night! You won't see "me", but I'll be tweeting along with you! There's still time to RSVP and REMEMBER! You MUST attend to win! I'm so excited to be celebrating this milestone along with The Green Nursery! Happy 7th birthday TGN!!
*Although I am compensated for my time writing, all opinions are 100% my own.
Stephanie Beck is the mother of a dinosaur expert, a set of twins somehow born 13 months apart, and a wild baby boy. She enjoys being outdoors with her kids, going on walks, swimming, fishing, and yard saling with her hubby. She started her blog,Apron Strings Attached, because she wanted to share her experiences with raising kids, breastfeeding struggles and success, and cloth diapering. She now enjoys blogging about life in cloth diapers for TGN, and also helps out with TGN’s twitter, so if you want to chat about cloth diapers, or just want to say “hi”, go ahead and send her a tweet!