In my seven years of teaching, I have developed a simple rule for myself to follow. If two or more students ask the same question, then I share the answer with the class. I’ve applied this rule to today’s post. With the next #bloggerPJparty coming up on Sunday, I’ve been asked by two or more people how to join a twitter party. I figured it was time to share the answer with everyone. (Of course, imagine my surprise when I went to get screenshots and things had changed a little! Don’t worry though, this post has screenshots taken today.)
First, open twitter and log in. I know this seems like an obvious step, but I want to make sure everyone is on the same page. Remember, this guide is for joining a chat on a compu
ter (the easiest way, in my opinion). If you’re following along on another device, everything is going to look much different!
Logged in? Good! We’re ready to begin then!
Find the search feature. I’ve used a brightly colored arrow to point it out in the screenshot below. Click in this box with your mouse because we’re about to harness it’s searching powers!
Type in the hashtag of the party you’re following. In this case, I used #bloggerPJparty as an example (circled in green). There are plenty of parties out there to explore. When you hear about a twitter party, make sure you make note of the hashtag that is being used – it’s a powerful weapon when you’re joining the party!
It should bring up a screen that looks similar to the screenshot below. This is where it’s important to know how to use the tabs at the top. They are going to help you follow along with the party easier. When you first come to the page, it’s on the “Top” tab. This is showing the top posts with that hashtag. It is not always showing the most CURRENT posts with that hashtag. If you’re in the midst of a party, you’re going to want to know the most current conversation! The next screenshot will show you how to find the most current chatter…