Wednesday, February 4, 2015

How To Win At Twitter Parties

Last Friday, I raved about Twitter parties and how wonderful they are at helping to create community and grow online friends. A lot of people thought that was a really great idea, but HOW DO YOU TWITTER PARTY?

And, I really wanted to answer those questions in the comments but then it was just sort of way too much. So then I did what any saavy woman would do and made it into a blog post.

HOW DOES ONE FIND TWITTER PARTIES? 
I have found all of mine through friends on Twitter who write content similar to mine. #NaNoWriMo connected me with a lot of other avid (and awesome) writers I would otherwise not have crossed paths with... The good old Hashtag seems to be working online community making magic!

HOW DOES ONE WIN AT TWITTER PARTIES? 
Here are five tricks that have really helped me.

1. STICK WITH WHAT YOU KNOW. 
Participate in chats that are cohesive with your blog. I love to run and enjoy reading through the #bibchat feed, but I don't talk about running (much, if at all) here. It's easier to make an online connection with someone when your interests are similar AND make up blog content.

2. HAVE TWO TABS OPEN. 
Yes, one tab with the moderator's account pulled up. And another tab with the #TwitterParty's feed. This allows you to keep an eye on the questions presented by the moderator WHILE allowing you to see what people are saying.

3. BE SOCIAL. 
It's not simply about questions and answers. It's about conversation. When you see a tweet from someone respond to them, interact. That's

4. USE TCHAT.IO
Go to tchat.io and enter the party hashtag into the search bar and press Start Chatting. There's your room, and handily enough, tchat will pull the entire feed together for you. When you're really saavy you can put in your twitter information and favorite tweets like you do on Twitter. But the best part -the very best-, it'll add the hashtag for you. (I always forget to put the hashtag at the end of my tweets.)

5. DON'T RESPOND TO THE MODERATOR. 
The moderator is going to make sure the questions flow and nothing falls short or quiet. BUT they aren't going to go through all the answers specifically to them every time. You can respond simply by starting your answer tweet with an A and the number of the question to which you are responding. This makes it so MORE people will see your tweets.

AND NOW, I SHARE SOME PARTIES WITH YOU.
#TheWriteParty: For writers (of all kinds). Hosted by TheWriteWoman on Thursdays at 7:00 PM EST
#Collaboreating: For eaters and food enthusiasts. Hosted by Collaboreat on Thursdays at 9:00 PM EST.
#FireworkPeople: For dreamers and doers. Hosted by FireworkPeople on Tuesdays at 9:00 PM EST
#BibChat: For runners of all the distances. Hosted by BibRave on Tuesdays at 9:00 PM EST.
#BlissChat: For creatives and entrepreneurs. Hosted by Charissa Moore on Thursdays at 9:00 PM EST.
#CreateLounge: For creators and makers of all varieties. Hosted by Kayla Hollatz on Wednesdays at 8:00 PM EST.

Now, those of you who participate, share your tips. 
And you who need more information, share your questions. 

29 comments:

  1. I've never even thought of a twitter party until I saw one of yours the other day... Sounds interesting! x

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  2. HA. This is the greatest timing ever as last night I was working on a post called "Why I hate Twitter." MAN I've really got to try harder.

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  3. This is great! I used to do one fr foreign language teachers on Thursday nights (but I'm no longer teaching so that's defunct!) and I see bibchat and of course NaNoWriMo but I'm gonna try to find more. I'm not much into blogging these days but I still love writing and connecting with people so I'm gonna check it out! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. I needed this because I want to participate in the writer's chat, but I tried a twitter party once and got so lost!

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  5. This is really helpful! I've barely dipped my toe into twitter chats and find them slightly intimidating/annoying! I love them when I'm in them, but when my friends are in them, it's like that's alllll that's on my feed. If you use tchat.io does everything end up in people's feeds?

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  6. These are really great tips! I want to do the writing twitter party tomorrow night!

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  7. P.S. I had to share this on Google+. I have lots of blogger friends on there who would absolutely appreciate this. https://plus.google.com/+SuheiryFeliciano/posts/EVvT4zZmQ74

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  8. I stopped participating in Twitter parties, because I found them overwhelming. I wish something like this had been written when I started. Even so, I'm so glad you wrote this! This is such a good post, and I'll be implementing ALL these tips at tomorrow's #TheWriteParty chat. ;-)

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  9. Thank you SO much for the shout out to #createlounge! All of you in this community light me up and I'm so happy to have you as a part of it. Thank you, thank you!

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  10. I love these tips and the idea of having two tabs, can't believe I didn't think of that!! I joined two twitter parties (one with you, whoop whoop) and it was so addicting! Chatting to total strangers is apparently my "thing" I loved it! I definitely got confused with keeping up with the moderator, so I'll take that tip for sure! Thanks for sharing the parties, I think for now I'll stick with thewriteparty and fireworkpeople. Can't handle much more!

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  11. Thank you! I didn't even know what a Twitter party was till I read this.

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  12. Ah, yessss. Just the post I've been waiting for!

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  13. I hadn't either, and then they were sort of all over and I thought I needed to see what the deal was and now I'm HOOKED. :)

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  14. Girl I HATED twitter. With a burning passion. But then I decided before I got intense with my hate I would try and utilize it more honestly and have really come to enjoy the way that it creates community and quick connections with other bloggers and brands. Goodness I sound like a freaking Twitter billboard. ANYWAYS, try it.

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  15. AND HOW DID IT GO? HOW DID I NOT ALREADY ASK YOU HOW IT WENT?

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  16. It does end up in everyone's feeds... I used to worry about that, but then my enjoyment in participating in the chats became more important/exciting than the worry of people who follow me being annoyed. :)

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  17. Girl I used to get SO overwhelmed. But I've really tried to be disciplined in making the effort and you do get the hang of it after several attempts. (Annoying to have to try again and again but worth it in the end)

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  18. How did #TheWriteParty go?? I was disappointed to miss it this week but SO MUCH WORK. :)

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  19. Thank you so much for doing that! :)

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  20. Of course a shout out to you and your awesomeness. OF COURSE.

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  21. It's so confusing. SO CONFUSING. Sometimes I still get really overwhelmed and then try and focus myself on two or three people to break the BIG group down into a smaller community of people and, well, that helps until I can get the hang of the flow of conversation again. :)

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  22. And now you're going to be the boss lady of Twitter Parties?!?

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  23. Bahaha doubtful. I jumped in in the middle of #createlounge the other night because I love desks but I'm not a huge evening Twitterer lol maybe that will change though!

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  24. Twitter parties are one of the biggest ways that I've grown my community online. I can't rave about them enough. Seriously. Thanks for sharing some that I haven't heard of! I'm all over it.

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  25. I completely forgot about it. I'm putting it in my calendar for tomorrow.

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  26. Thanks for including The Collaboreat on your Twitter roundup, Amber! We chat live on the first Thursday of every month at 9 PM ET, and we are starting on the 3rd Friday of each month (next one on March 20th!) to do an ALL DAY Twitter party. #Collaboreating


    I have met SO many awesome people through Twitter chats. I like them because people drop some of their more "formal" social personalities and let their self really shine through. :)

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  27. That's a good way to look at it!!! I guess they COULD use the "mute" feature if it's really bugging them. :)

    *~ Victoria*

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