What is a Twitter Party + How to Attend, Participate and Get Free Stuff
Wondering how to join a Twitter party? If you’ve been invited to Twitter parties, but steer clear because you’re unclear, here’s all you need to know! They’re not complicated; they’re actually really fun! And best of all, you can get tons of free stuff with these Twitter party tips.
What is a Twitter Party?
Basically, Twitter Parties are a way to discuss a topic on Twitter. Also known as hashtag chat, because you’ll use a relevant hashtag– the word after the number sign # (the number sign is technically called octothorp as my nerdy engineer husband would want you to know). Hashtags are searchable. So, you can search the hashtag and see every tweet made with that hashtag. To be included in the party, just put the hashtag in your tweets (posts on Twitter) and everyone searching the hashtag will see you too.
Twitter parties are fun because they move quickly! You can learn a lot, and meet other people online who are interested in things you’re interested in. What’s not to love?
How to Join a Twitter Party
There are many ways to attend a Twitter party.
First, you’ll need to Find a Twitter Chat Going On Now and then take note of the hashtag they’re using.
The simplest way to follow along is to log onto Twitter and search the hashtag. That means, literally, just typing in the hashtag in the search box at Twitter.com.
Like I said, it moves quickly. You’ll have more Tweets to read in no time. Just click the button to view more.
How to Participate in a Twitter Party
Follow the simple instructions above to watch a Twitter chat as it happens. But, if you want to get involved and participate in the chat, you’ll need a little more info.
Before you participate, be sure to read the rules – if any are shared.
General rules of Twitter Parties (and online life in general!):
- Don’t spam! Keep it relevant to the topic. Any off-topic comments you want to make to someone can be directed at them (use @ before their name) but leave off the hashtag for those.
- Be nice. Before posting, ask yourself: Is it necessary? Is it true? Is it kind? If not, skip it.
If you’re having trouble keeping up with a Twitter party using a browser-based Twitter page, consider using a website specifically created for Twitter chats and hashtag tracking such as Twubs and TweetChat. They are fantastic! I highly recommend either.
Where to Find Twitter Parties
There’s not one easy answer to that question, unfortunately. You can Find a Twitter Chat Going On Now and then take note of the hashtag they’re using. But in my experience the really great ones will take a little more work to find. You can Google it, such as searching the past 24 hours for “Join Our Twitter Party Giveaway.” Or, just keep an eye out for notices from your favorite brands on social media and in email.