Friday, April 13, 2012

Join the Party!

Hello friends!

Last week, I wrote a plea for help to get me inducted into the big world of Twitter. In that post, I hinted at a Twitter thing in which I'm participating, but didn't say more about because I was already tripping over myself just trying to find my own Twitter homepage. Today I'm ready to tell you all about it, and to invite you to it!

I'll be there to talk about cardboard. I'm delirious. Cardboard!!!! Doesn't get any
better than that! But I'd be lying if I didn't also confess that I'm intimidated by all those amazing big names. Plus I'm still essentially floundering in this sea called Twitter. Deep breaths, LiEr, deeeeeeeeep breaths.

For those of you already with Twitter accounts, just log in at said time and use thehashtag #EarthDayFun.

For those of you who aren't yet on Twitter, here's my feeble attempt at an induction:

  1. Sign up for a Twitter account (it's free) and get familiar with Twitter. Here and here are some sites I've found useful (thank you, lovely readers who sent them my way)!
  2. Log in to your homepage on Friday April 20 between 2 and 4 pm EST.
  3. Enter the hashtag #EarthDayFun (no spaces) in the search field in the menu bar to pull up all tweets related to that topic.
  4. You can also use sites like Hootsuite and Tweetchat to track the conversation and aggregate all the tweets that are related to that conversation and auto-post your tweets if you can't be there in person at the designated time.

Here's Tweetchat:

and here it is again when you've signed in- all ready to tweet!

Then participate - you can ask questions, make comments, share links to green-themed articles, blogs and your own projects or products, and retweet great posts from other participants to your followers. Remember to use the hashtag #EarthDayFun in your tweets.

If you have links to share, you can shorten them using so that you're not using up all your 140 characters with html stuff.

You just enter the original link in the field and hit "Shorten" and then copy that shortened link into your tweets. You don't need to sign up for anything - it's like an online translator.

Well, that's my plan. Did I get that right? If not, somebody please tell me, because wouldn't it be disastrous -and ironic - if it didn't work and I ended up drifting off to somewhere else (like FB), completely lost and mumbling on and on about cardboard? Eeek!


  1. I regret to inform you that I will not be joining Twitter... even for you. ;) I don't need more to keep track of or spend time on. I'd like to ditch a whole bunch of things as it is, but I'll admit... I'm hooked. ;)

  2. About cardboard? That's my kind of twitter party! I'll try to make it :)


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