I’ve had more than a few people ask me questions about Twitter Parties. This is a post written in hopes of answering all of your questions.
Note: If you don’t have a grasp about what Twitter is and how it works, then you will need to get that understanding first. If there are people reading this who would like to see a post about this, please ask!
What is a Twitter Party
A group of people who are on Twitter all at the same time who are following the same hashtag (#), chatting about the same topic, hanging out together, answering certain questions, possibly winning prizes and having fun.
Some parties are more simple, informal chats about a certain topic and some are in order to celebrate or promote a company or product. There are often, but not always prizes involved in Twitter Parties. Be sure you follow the RSVP instructions properly in order to qualify prizes if it is that kind of party.
How do you Join a Twitter Party
Do you have to be invited? No! You just join in the #hashtag of the party and whenever you tweet in the conversation at the party, make sure you add the #hashtag of the party’s name at the end of your tweet. There are often mandatory RSVP pages where you must sign up, so be sure to ask if you have to RSVP when you do join a party.
I really don’t recommend following a Party using the official “Twitter” interface because it refreshes so fast that it is very difficult to follow and it is important to see the host(s) and co-host(s) tweets in order to see the questions in a timely manner.
However, if you are using Twitter to follow a party, you simply search for the #hashtag of the party and you can even save the search if you like. Then, your searched tweets come up in a time line on their own.
If you need help using any of the above platforms or if you have any specific questions, feel free to contact me OR leave a comment on this post and I will try my best to assist you.
Question: Can I join a Twitter Party if I have set my Twitter account to Private settings?
The answer is, I don’t believe so. No one would be able to see your answers to the questions unless they were already following you! You might be able to go public for the party and then go private again (but I honestly don’t know what happens to the rest of your tweets during the party – please don’t hold me responsible if there are any issues with the privacy of your tweets).
How do Twitter Parties Work and How Do I Win the Prizes?
Typically whoever started the party or invited you to the party has questions that they ask. Sometimes, but not all of the time, there are prizes attached to the questions. If you want to win the prizes, you must answer the questions within the given time frame (and follow the format for answers laid out at the beginning of the party). This is the tricky part. You must be following the party really closely to catch when the questions are closing etc.
How Are Winners Announced?
There are typically three ways that winners are announced.
- Immediately after the question closes, a winner is announced.
- After the party, participants stick around for a little while after and winners are announced.
- The next day on the host(s) websites/blogs a page will be posted with the winners.
It should be announced at the beginning of the party how prizes can be won and when the prizes will be announced so that it is clear. If you are unclear, ask!
I think I’ve answered all of the questions about Twitter Parties that people have asked me over the past little while, but as I mentioned earlier, if you have more, PLEASE feel free to ask them in the comments or in an email. I’d be happy to help you out!
I will be hosting a Twitter Party on September 25, 2013 9pmEST!
RSVP here for the #MommiesFirst Party!
If you are interesting in having me host or co-host a Twitter Party for your event or company, please feel free to contact me.