I love using tweetdeck for twitter parties, it makes it so much easier than following in twitter as you can see the questions from the moderators/hosts separately and make sure you don’t miss anything important.
Tweetdeck can be a little daunting when you first open it, I close my messages and activity and leave my feed and my own tweets (which I move over to hide if I need lots of tabs) then click the + button and add tabs for the hashtag (click the search button) and hosts/moderators (click the user button and search using their @ name). Once the party starts, I drag the tab for the person asking questions over so it is beside the hashtag tab to make it easier to follow without scrolling.
My Tweetdeck Tabs
- My tweets
- My notifications
- # Party Hashtag
- @name of person asking questions
- @name of person announcing prizes
- @names of other hosts/moderators
Make sure you have followed all of the hosts/moderators or you may be disqualified from winning. Tweetdeck does not autotag your posts with hashtags so it is a good idea to copy/paste the tags so you can easily add them on each tweet.
Click here to use tweetdeck, it is owned by Twitter so you just use your twitter login.
Some tips for twitter parties:
- Make sure you follow the hosts and moderators, you could be disqualified from prizes if you don’t
- Many twitter parties choose from the RSVP list using random.org – so don’t feel that you have to reply too much, just answer the questions and reply to anything you find interesting. Too many tweets in a short time can get your account temporarily blocked.
- It isn’t always needed, but get into the habit of replying with A1, A2 etc – it makes it easier for the moderator to ensure you answered.
- If you can’t stay for the whole hour, attend anyway, you might get lucky in the time you are there.
- Add your location in twitter, even if you just put Canada. Moderators need to verify eligibility for giveaways.
- Tweetdeck is my preferred method as I can follow everything but you can also use twubs or just open the hashtag in twitter.