As the summer holidays are looming and school life becomes unbelievably hectic, we decided not to run a Lemur Link Up Networking meeting for July and instead try out a Twitter Party. I’ve spoken before about how useful #DorsetHour (most areas have their own local #hour now so do check yours out) is for PR, marketing and local networking but I don’t think many people realise this is what a Twitter Party is.
What is a Twitter Party?
A Twitter party is basically a fast paced, interactive conversation between multiple people using the same hashtag # at the same time. So for example our Twitter Party will start at 8pm and end at 9pm and use the hashtag #LemurChat. Basically for that hour you are encouraged to follow the hashtag, tweet replies and comments using the hashtag and network with new and old faces. Find out who the hosts are too and make sure you follow and include them in your tweets they will help direct people to you and highlight comments when it starts getting too fast!
Do you need to bring wine and cheese?
Wine and cheese is not compulsory and is not advised during lunchtime twitter parties 😉 However having a good Twitter Bio is! An hour goes so fast and so much information will be flying around that you won’t have time to research everyone then and there so ensure you have a clear avatar, website address, what you do and if possible include some hashtags.
Have a plan!
Decide how you intend to work. I normally go to #DorsetHour with one blog post I want to promote and schedule these tweets in using Twuffer. I then pop the hashtag in the search box (make sure you click on all tweets) and follow this! Occasionally checking my mentions if I notice the number increasing (you do normally catch the mentions in the feed as your name will catch your eye) try not to do this too often (check mentions) as you will loose the thread and it moves really really fast!
What happens after the hour finishes?
It is advised after the hour ends and your hosts have said farewell to go lie down in a dark room. When you have stopped shaking you are allowed to check your twitter feed once more! I find at the end of a Twitter party this is a really good time to go and check my mentions properly. Look at people who have started following me, what do they do, do they interest me, shall I follow them, or just say thanks for the follow (remember to still use the hashtag so they know where they found you). Make sure any questions that where asked I replied to. Say thanks for any RT’s etc.
Any top tips for Twitter Parties that you’d like to share? Please do leave me a comment below or even tweet me @CharlieMoos