Twitter Party Tips and Tricks

After our first Twitter party last month, I thought it might be a good idea to write a post about tips and tricks for participating in a Twitter party.

  1. You need a Twitter account: Creating a Twitter account is a pretty straight forward process. You need:
    • A unique handle (name). For example, my twitter handle is lithousewife. When you first sign up, Twitter will provide some suggested handles or you can come up with your own.
    • You’ll need to provide your full name. There’s no verification of this, so enter what you wish.
    • You’ll need to provide a valid email address. Twitter will send a confirmation email, so be sure to provide an address to which you have access.
    • You will need a password as well.
    • Once you’ve verified everything, you’ll be able to write your first tweet.
  2. Using Private Twitter accounts: If you have a private Twitter account, only those people you’ve granted access can see your tweets, even if you use the #shakennotstirred hashtag. If you have a private Twitter account, you have two options to participate:
    • Allow all #shakennotstirred participants to follow you. I’m assuming that if you have a private account you have reasons for setting it up that way. While I’d be happy to be an approved follower, you might find the second option easier.
    • Create a new open Twitter account just for #shakennotstirred. This is probably the easiest option. Another advantage is that you won’t clog your existing followers’ timelines with your #shakennotstirred comments.
  3. Use TweetChat: Depending upon the number of people you follow, keeping up with everyone’s comments even with a hashtag search can be difficult with a traditional Twitter application. What makes TweetChat great is that you can identify a hashtag ¬†and see only those tweets using that hashtag. Even better, when you sign in to TweetChat and enter #shakennotstirred, all of your tweets from TweetChat will automatically have the hashtag. You don’t have to type it in yourself. I find that to be very convenient. To use TweetChat to send tweets, you need to sign in using your Twitter account.

Those are the most important things you need to know in order to participate in a Twitter party. I hope this helps. If you have any questions, please feel free to send me an email or leave a comment to this post.

See you Saturday!