How the Heck Do I Join a Twitter Party?

Fast. Fun. Exciting. Twitter parties are real-time conversations that involve a lot of people talking about the same thing. They’re an awesome way to learn about a specific topic, make new friends and win some pretty cool prizes! We know that joining a Twitter party can seem a bit complicated, but it’s kind of like riding a bike. It can be a little weird in the beginning, but once you get the hang of it, you feel like you've been doing it forever—and you don’t want to stop! These tips will help get you on the road to becoming a Twitter party expert in no time:

Step One: Get a Twitter account. Simply go to and create a "handle" for yourself. 

Step Two: Follow the Twitter party hosts. If you’re planning to join an ASPCA Twitter party, make sure you’re following us on Twitter

Step Three: Use the party hashtag. Every Twitter party has a designated hashtag symbolized by the pound sign (#).Think of the hashtag kind of like the party invitation—you need it to get in. Follow the hashtag on your new dashboard and make sure to use it in every tweet you send or it won’t show up in the party conversation.

Step Four: If you want to take it a step further, get yourself a fancy dashboard. Twitter parties are easier to follow if you use a platform like TweetChat, Tweetdeck, or Tweetgrid. But don’t let the names scare you—they each have easy tutorials to walk you through the setup. (If you’re new to Twitter, TweetChat is probably your best bet.

That’s it! Not so bad, right? Sure, it might take attending a Twitter party or two before you really get the hang of it. But that’s okay. Just sit back and enjoy the show.