What Are Twitter Parties? Join #MommiesFirst 9/25!

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.

That simple.

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.

There are a few other platforms that you can use to follow a Twitter Party. Currently, the ones that I recommend are TweetChat, Hoot Suite and TweetDeck and Twubs.

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.

  1. Immediately after the question closes, a winner is announced.
  2. After the party, participants stick around for a little while after and winners are announced.
  3. 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!

#MommiesFirst Twitter 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.

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10 Responses to What Are Twitter Parties? Join #MommiesFirst 9/25!

  1. Shirley says:

    Twitter parties are fun.

  2. Kathleen says:

    Great explanation. I would only add one thing. Although you don’t have to be invited per say, some twitter parties are for certain events or are otherwise meant for participants of something. So while they probably won’t tell you to leave the party, you might not be eligible for the prizes.

  3. Christine says:

    Seriously!!! THANK YOU for this post! I honestly don’t know ANYTHING about twitter parties. I have joined one once… and was really confused! I’m bookmarking this! Thanks!

  4. Sny Med says:

    I think that this post is very useful for those interested in trying a Twitter party. It is definitely not self-explanatory how to attend. I remember my very first one: I didn’t know what to do, where the questions were coming from, and about using hashtags.


  5. Aeryn Lynne says:

    Oh I LOVE Twitter parties!! Like *THIS MUCH*, lol! They’re exciting, ’cause people finally talk to one another instead of just tweeting out into the ether. 🙂 Tweetdeck is my new favourite for following parties, now that the really good sites are gone. It’s not perfect, but its as close as.

    Awesome post hun! When peeps ask me what a twitter party is, I’ll redirect them here. 😀

  6. Lyne Proulx says:

    Please tell me how not to get in Twitter Jail when I host one lol! Happens every time. Thanks for sharing.

    • Lyne – any given twitter account is monitored for the number of tweets you put out. You can tweet up to 100 tweets/hour up to a maximum of 1000 tweets/day. You have to time your tweets accordingly as it is VERY easy to send out more than 100 tweets in any given hour.

  7. Lyne Proulx says:

    Good to know, thanks for letting me know.

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