Did you miss me? After a rather long holiday hiatus, it’s time to “Get on the Good Foot” again and get my blog on!
First up: ever wonder how in the world to participate in a Twitter event?
I know I talk about doing wine twitter tasting often on this blog because I do a few of them each month (for example #WineStudio on Tuesdays and #WineChat on Wednesdays). But what exactly are the nuts and bolts?
This has come up because an online community that I am part of “Healthy 2015” is using Dr. Mark Hyman’s book, The 10 Day Detox Diet.
Because his The Blood Sugar Solution Paperback edition came out 12/30/14, he is hosting a New Year’s discussion on health, wellness, recipes, food, nutrition and all things health TODAY at 4pm PST.
And he invites us to bring our comments and questions and to get ready to win some prizes including signed copies of the Blood Sugar Solution book to participants chosen randomly!
At Dr. Hyman’s “Twitter Party” TODAY Tuesday Jan. 6, 2015 at 4pm Pacific Time, guests include numerous doctors, online personalities aka The Blender Girl @TheBlenderGirl, and celebrities Maria Shriver @MariaShriver (see the complete list below).
Start by logging in to Twitter OR by creating an account
Unlike Facebook, you don’t have to have an account to check out what’s happening on Twitter. But if you want to participate, comment, ask questions, or win prizes, you have to have an account. It will take a minute or two at most and that includes adding a profile photo. It’s free.
The stream on twitter can be a bit overwhelming so in order to sort through the chaos, people use hashtags to find particular conversations.
If you like wine, for example, you’d search for #wine. Or #Chardonnay.
Each Twitter event has its own hashtags for example #ChampagneDay. Or #WineStudio. Or #WineChat.
For this event, the hashtag to use, is #DrHymanChat. This is the tag that will sorts tweets into one place. If you want people to see your comments or questions, you MUST add this hashtag to every tweet.
- To find the conversation, type #DrHymanChat into the search bar at the top right. Directly under “Results”, make sure you select ‘All’ not ‘Top’ tweets.
- You can refresh the page to see all of the commentary LIVE as it happens. Feel free to ask questions, reply to other comments, favorite (that’s the star) and RT (ReTweet) or MT (mention –used to paraphrase).
- ADVANCED: Don’t start a tweet with @name (for example @artpredator) unless you want that tweet to only be seen by a limited audience. What you want to do if you want to address someone is to put a . in front: .@artpredator
What makes Twitter work is following interesting people. You might start by following me of course! I’m @artpredator. Send a tweet about who you are and why you are following me and I’ll probably follow you back. Or RT or MT or favorite one of my tweets and that will get my attention too.
Here’s a sample tweet by a friend of mine Kristofer Young, DC @FxMedChiro who is participating (follow him!)
In addition to following Dr. Hyman, you might also follow these folks who are participating in the “Twitter Party” (but don’t expect them to follow you back). Note that links are to website where you can find a link to their twitter feed or search for them in the search bar. Once the Tweet chat starts, you can easily follow people who interest you.
Mind Body Green @MindBodyGreen
Maria Shriver @MariaShriver
The Blender Girl @TheBlenderGirl
JJ Virgin @JJVirgin
Dr. Terry Wahls @TerryWahls
Dr. Eva Selhub @DrEvaSelhub
The Chalkboard Magazine @ChalkboardMag
Experience Life Magazine @ExperienceLife
Gluten-Free School @GFreeSchool
Dr. Aviva Romm @AvivaRomm
Dr. Jill Carnahan @DocCarnahan
Gluten Free Gigi @GlutenFreeGigi
The Handel Group @HGLifeCoaching
I find it useful to have several windows and/or tabs open to track what’s going on. If you get into Twitter events like I am, you may use something like Hootsuite to help you follow along.
Have fun! And Happy New Year!