The benefits of a Twitter Party? Plentiful.
- Build your network.
- Connect with people you might not normally “cross-tweet” with.
- Allow others to get to know you better.
- Build relationships.
- Did I mention build your network?
How can you rock an online Twitter party?
1. Party from an appropriate site.
Trying to keep up with the conversation on Twitter itself will drive you to drain your wine glass too quickly. A couple useful sites that are easier to manage are:
Tweet Chat. This is good for beginners attending their first party. Visit Tweet Chat’s homepage and you’ll get a quick 3-Step guide to using the program. It’s free and all you need is a web browser to use it.
Tweet Deck. This is installed on your computer and can be used for all Tweet management.
Hootsuite. This is accessed online.
Tweet Grid. This seems to be a very popular Twitter party aggregator. It is quite easy to follow parties (in fact, many party hosts create custom links to the grid—all you need to do is click on the link, enter your Twitter ID, and voila).
A hashtag is a keyword with the pound (“#”) sign in front of it. In a tweet you might see something like this: Party Tonight! #soconnected at 8pm!
That means the hashtag to follow is #soconnected. Create a column that will feed only tweets from that particular hashtag so you can keep up with the conversations. It’s also a good idea to also create a column to follow the hosts so you can be one of the first to see what they are saying.
3. Don’t be a wall flower – get in there.
Don’t be shy. Jump into the conversations that are happening. Answer questions, comment, chat, laugh, joke… be yourself! There is no use partying in silence.
It’s not necessary to talk to everyone at the party. Look for tweets that match your personality and that you can relate with.
4. Are you talking to me?
It’s a good idea to keep an eye on your mentions column (@). That’s where people are engaging in a conversation with you and you absolutely don’t want to ignore them! Enjoy the banter and the dialogue and chat it up! Get to know someone new! It’s not all about business, this is, after all, a party.
5. The post party follow up.
The party is not over until you are following new people.
Review your tweets and follow the people you sent @replies to. Then, review your @replies and follow all the people who talked to you.
This, my fellow party machines, is called relationship building and is how you build your network. Put them on specific lists so you can read their tweets and you can keep in touch with your new friends.
Party on! Do you have any tips on How to Attend a Twitter Party? We’d love to hear them!