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Twitter Party 101

Here's everything you need to know to join us at our Winter FUNderland Twitter Party on November 27th at 8:00pm EST! Your first step should be following us on Twitter. [learn_more caption="What's a Twitter Party?"]

A Twitter Party is a Twitter-based conversation that takes place at a certain date and time. By using a pre-determined hashtag, Twitter Party participants can both read what others are saying during the party and send their own tweets to everyone else (for more information on how hashtags work, see Twitter's "Help" section).

With House Party, a Twitter Party is a chance to meet some new friends (and House Party staff!), and win some awesome prizes while doing so. It's also your opportunity to share your unique party tips with the House Party community and find out ways to make your next get-together awesome - all from the comfort of your own home!

You don't need any special equipment or programs to participate in a Twitter Party. You simply need to have a Twitter account and follow the hashtag that is used for that particular party. For the House Party Winter FUNderland Twitter Party, the hashtag to follow is #HPHolidays. When the party starts, keep an eye on the @housepartyfun Twitter account. We'll be posting conversation topics and opportunities to win prizes. More importantly, though, remember to talk to your fellow tweeters! There'll be dozens or even hundreds of other House Party fans just like you ready to chat, so don't be shy. [/learn_more]

[learn_more caption="I'm in! How do I get ready? "]

To participate in the House Party Winter FUNderland Twitter Party, you need to:

1. Have a Twitter account (Don't have one? Not a problem, simply create one now at Twitter.com)

2. Follow @housepartyfun

3. Keep an eye on the #HPHolidays hashtag and be sure to use it in all your tweets for the Twitter Party - (see below for the easiest ways to do this)

4. Make sure you're familiar with the tool you're using, whether it's www.twitter.com or a third-party platform like TweetGrid or HootSuite (see below).

5. Figure out how you're going to pack all of your BBQ recipes, vacation plans, and beating-the-heat tips into 140 characters or less!

6. Keep a special eye out for trivia to win awesome prizes from House Party.[/learn_more]

[learn_more caption="Do I need to RSVP?"]

Nope! There is no need to RSVP - just show up at the set date and time.[/learn_more]

[learn_more caption="Who can participate?"]

The House Party Winter FUNderland Twitter Party is open to everyone! Complete rules and regulations will be posted in about a week before the Twitter Party - check back then.[/learn_more]

[learn_more caption="When is the House Party #HPSummer Twitter Party?"]

The House Party Winter FUNderland Twitter Party starts at 8:00pm EST on Tuesday, November 27th. It will be about an hour long. Spread the word![/learn_more]

[learn_more caption="How will I know if I won a prize?"]

If you win a prize at any time during the House Party winter FUNderland Twitter Party, @housepartyfun will "@ mention" you to let you know. Keep an eye on your @ mentions! Also, be sure to follow @housepartyfun so we can Direct Message (DM) you with any additional instructions.[/learn_more]

[learn_more caption="I'm new to Twitter. I need some help!"]

If you're new to Twitter, don't worry! There's no better way to learn about using Twitter than by participating in a Twitter Party. And for some quick Twitter 101, you can check out Twitter's help page. [/learn_more]

[learn_more caption="How do I follow a hashtag during a Twitter Party?"]

There are a few different ways to follow along with a Twitter party - no one method is right for everyone. Options include:

Twitter.com: By searching for #HPHolidays in the Twitter search bar, you can see the most recent tweets that have included the hashtag. Twitter gives you two options for filtering search results - "All" or "Top" tweets. We recommend using the "All" option if you want to see what everyone is talking about. The downside of using twitter.com is that it often proves difficult, during a busy Twitter Party, to keep up in real time with all of the tweets being posted.

Third-party platforms, like HootSuite or TweetDeck: Many users like these programs because they allow you to see multiple "columns" at the same time. For instance, you can have a column showing #HPHolidays tweets, a column showing all tweets from @housepartyfun, and a column showing all tweets in which you were mentioned by another user. The downside to these programs is that they require registering (for free), and if a Twitter Party is experiencing a heavy amount of traffic, they may not show all possible tweets.

TweetGrid: TweetGrid is perhaps the preferred way to follow along with a Twitter Party. It allows for multiple columns, just like HootSuite and TweetDeck, but it provides faster and more complete real-time results. We've already set up a TweetGrid page for you to use if you wish. You're not required to use TweetGrid, but we think it's the easiest way to make sure you don't miss out on all of the fun. Note that you must click "login" when you get to TweetGrid in order to send tweets directly from the TweetGrid dashboard. [/learn_more]

[learn_more caption="How can I follow the Twitter Party from my mobile phone?"]

The easiest way to follow along with a Twitter Party is from your computer, but if you're on the go and don't want to miss out, there are handy tools you can use right from your phone. Twitter, TweetDeck and HootSuite all offer mobile apps that will allow you to search for and follow a hashtag (in this instance, #HPHolidays). Be sure to check out these tools before the Twitter Party starts so you can decide which one works best for you. [/learn_more]

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