Quick Link to Twitter Party/Black Book Chat –> http://www.twebevent.com/blackbookchats
**If you run into any problems tonight, send a tweet to @rawsistaz and I’ll do my best to walk you through any problems, but do try to test it out a bit early. If you’re attending and already set up, pls take a minute to send a quick tweet using @rawsistaz, @blackbookchats and/or #blackbookchats so I can follow you.
Twitter Chat w/Tionna Tee Smalls to discuss Girl, Get Your Mind Right is tonight at 8:30PM EST (Quick Link). If there are ANY problems, we will move the chat IMMEDIATELY to the RAW Site in the Black Book Chats section (Quick Link)
For those who can’t make the Twitter Chat, don’t/won’t do Twitter, you can join us via the site starting Thursday at noon and it will be up the remainder of the week (and after) for you to participate. The link will go live after tonight’s chat, for those who want to jump in early.
Twitter Tips for Black Book Chats w/RAWSISTAZ
For those not familiar with Twitter or who missed the Twitter 101 classes via the main group we held last Fall, I have a quick guide below to help you make the best of our Black Book Chats and Parties being held via Twitter.
Step 1 – You’ll need to sign up for a Twitter account at www.twitter.com. It’s free and I would suggest you use a name that will make you recognizable to other members. You can find RAWSISTAZ under @rawsistaz and @blackbookchats.
Step 2 – Set up your account and update your profile. Please keep in mind that if you make your account private, we will NOT be able to see you in the chat.
Step 3 – You’ll want to look around Twitter, check out how things work and send a few test tweets. (Your messages or status updates are called tweets). The one thing to keep in mind is that you only have 140 characters to share your thoughts and other comments. Yeah, I know, this is my biggest struggle w/Twitter. LOL!! I’m a wordy-lit-diva.
Be sure to follow us and send a shout-out to us by typing something like: “@rawsistaz, we’re following you to stay IN THE KNOW with Black books, authors, & events.”
**When you type in @ and a person’s acct name, it will automatically put your message in their stream.
Step 4 – The hashtag for most of our chats is #blackbookchats. A hashtag is basically what identifies the topic/chat and the # symbol is used in front of it. To participate in a twitter chat/party, you must use the hashtag given or you will not show up in the chat stream, various 3rd party tools (like Tweetdeck & Tweetchat) or searches. Your tweets will be out there, but may not be seen by the organizer and other attendees.
Step 5 – Now that you have the basics, it’s time to chat. The easiest way to chat is to use one of the 3rd party tools I mentioned above like Tweetdeck or Tweetchat.com. What these do is allow you to log into Twitter via their platform so you can focus on only the tweets which have to do with the #hashtag you’ve indicated. Or you can use links like the ones below which have been set up already and automatically puts the hashtag in for you in all your tweets.
That’s it! Feel free to share your twitter names below so we can follow you!!
*Please note that everyone who is following you (and the hashtag) will receive ALL the tweets you send out via the chat room. So, it can be a lot if you’re heavily participating in the discussion.