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A Twitter Party is essentially an online conversation on Twitter that utilizes hashtags. Twitter peeps gather at a specific day and time to talk about a predetermined subject. The hashtag used (i.e. #WomenKickAss) is the thread that unites all tweets into a single conversation held between many twitter peeps. So, the thing to remember is this: if you want your tweets in the Twitter Party conversation, each tweet must contain the hashtag.

There are many ways to imbibe a Twitter Party. We think an easy way is to use an interface called TweetChat. Just below, we’ll walk you thru the basics of using TweetChat. Further below, we cover other ways in which to participate in a Twitter Party.

Step One

Navigate to the Tweetchat homepage and you find a dialog box in which to enter the conversation hashtag. For this example, we used the hashtag #womenkickass. Then click on the blue ‘Go’ button.

Please note: while TweetChat is called an app, it works on any computer as well as smart devices.

Step Two – If you’re not logged into Twitter

If you’re not logged into Twitter already, you’ll need to enter your user/pass, and then simply click the blue “Authorize App” button.

Step Two – Logged into Twitter

Simply click the blue “Authorize App” button.

AND You’re IN!

Within a few seconds of authorizing the app, you’ll be redirected to the TweetChat interface. Tweet directly into the ongoing conversation using the white dialog box at the top of the page.

The major benefit to using TweetChat is that the app automatically adds the hashtag.

TweetChat Controls

There are four basic buttons to use TweetChat. Underneath each tweet, you’ll find four grey buttons. Using these buttons you can easily Reply, Retweet, Retweet with Reply, and Favorite.

Again, you can take part of a Twitter Party in several ways. The four known to us are directly on Twitter, TweetDeck, HootSuite, and TweetChat.

Directly on Twitter, you do a search on the hashtag and click on either ‘Live’, or under ‘More Options’, choose Tweets. This will bring you to a page that has all tweet activity using the hashtag. The down side is you must type the hashtag into each and every tweet and you must refresh the page regularly.

Using either TweetDeck or HootSuite, you’re going to have an interface learning curve in terms of setting up a column to track the hashtag. These are great interfaces for using Twitter. Trouble is … learning curve of the interface, the streams do not buffer, and you have to type the hashtag repeatedly.

The beauty of TweetChat is several fold:

TweetChat buffers the stream, giving you time to read the tweets coming in. AND you don’t have to refresh the page.

TweetChat automatically adds the hashtag.

TweetChat controls are easy to use.