A Twitter Party is fun. The host sets the time, date and the topic.
Everyone who wants to participate will know that the party starts at, let’s say, 6:00pm (PDST) – Pacific Daylight Saving Time on Saturday.
From that time line, you know when to come on to Twitter. Depending on where you are in the world, it might be the middle of the night or the next morning.
There must also be a definite finishing time – usually two or maybe three hours after the start time.
The host of the Twitter Party will be on line the whole time, to help keep it running smoothly, welcome guests and add comments to make sure it goes well.
The party will have its own hashtag, so it’s easy to find the tweets that you wouldn’t otherwise see, because there will be lots of people twittering away that you don’t follow, yet.
It’s a good idea to have a hashtag that you can use more than once, and remember that tweets usually only last a maximum of five or six days.
The Twitterparty should be promoted with its hashtag three or four times on Twitter each day for two or three days beforehand, so twitterers know it is on and will join in.
A Twitter Party can be around anyone of dozens of topics – that will be popular and engaging. Things that come to mind are micro-poetry, pets, holidays, gardens, best wine, funny stories, things kids say.
You will be surprised at what you can say in 140 characters, with a little practice. In fact, practice using 120 – to leave room for comments.
One of the rules of a Twitter Party is no links – when it is just for fun.
If you are looking to have a Twitter Party to promote yourself and others on Twitter, you could have a Twitter Party where the rule is everyone can post their website link TWICE during the whole time of the Twitter Party – which might be going to last three or four hours. There is a chance that some will abuse that rule. It’s up to you to decide if you want to take the chance.
Why would you want to host a Twitter Party? It’s a great way for you to contribute to the Twitter community. You help people to get engaged, join in, break down communication barriers and Twitter shyness.
Why would you want to join a Twitter Party? It is enormous fun. You get to tweet with new people, find new people to chat with and maybe start following. It helps you feel engaged with the Twitter community and let’s you feel more open about chatting on line on a specific topic.
If it is a well run promotional Twitter Party, it is a great opportunity to find new people to look at your offering and engage them in the value of your product or services. It does take a strong host to successfully run a link party.
Be on the lookout for Twitter Parties and give them a try. They are great fun, add to the health and wellbeing of the Twitter Community and you will invariably find one or two special people at the party that you want to meet again.
After all, that’s what parties are for!