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How to Score Free Diapers! Part 3: Twitter Parties

Updated 2/24/2014

This is part three in the series of how I got almost half of my stash for free! You can find parts one and two here and here :)

Number Three: Twitter Parties
If you haven't jumped on the Twitter bandwagon, you should for two reasons.  One - it's extra easy entries in giveaways and two - you can join in on Twitter Parties! I have to admit, I kind of felt like a dork the first time I participated in a Twitter Party.  It was confusing and went very fast!  Here I am years later and it's very easy and a lot of fun! If you're a blogger, it's a great way to make connections and get the word out about your blog.

What is a Twitter Party?
Twitter parties are what my husband and I like to describe as a "chat room on steroids".  They are people having a conversation using Tweets and all using the same hashtag (#) in their tweets.  There is usually a host who guides the discussion.  In this instance, the conversation usually centers around cloth diapers, but I've seen quite a few Twitter parties switch gears and focus on food! :)

How do you find out about them?
The easiest Twitter party to jump in on is on Monday nights.  Every Monday night at 9 pm EST Cotton Babies hosts a #clothdiapers chat.  They usually have a topic to discuss related to cloth diapers. This is also a great chance for you to troubleshoot any problems you are having with your diapers and get advice from the manufacturer or other moms.  Throughout the night they will pick random winners that have participated in the chat!

There are various other Twitter parties that take place that are hosted by retailers, manufacturers, etc. These don't happen on a regular schedule and the hashtag depends on the party.  Most of these parties take place on Tuesday nights at 9 pm EST.  The best way to find out about these is to check out The Eco Chic and the Cloth Diaper Geek.  These parties are usually pretty big, you'll need to RSVP, and there will be TONS of prizes! The two ladies mentioned above usually facilitate setting up the party, getting the word out,  handling the RSVPs, drawing the winners, etc.

Some Tips...
You don't have to RSVP to participate, but you do to win prizes! With the exception of the Monday night chat which does not have an RSVP, just show up!

Sometimes Twitter gets overloaded from all the cloth diapering mamas (and some dads) tweeting at the same time! Don't stress about this! It's happening to everyone! I've even been in a Twitter Party that got moved to a Facebook wall because Twitter was "over capacity".

Don't have time to chat?  Most of the parties require you tweet at least once during the party to be eligible to win a prize.  So, drop in say hi, and leave! Although, if you have time,  you should definitely stay because it really is a good time!

Don't worry if you can't keep up with everyone's conversation! It is almost impossible, especially in the big parties! Just read what you can and have fun!

You can follow me on Twitter @jennymcclamroch.  Most Monday nights I join in on the Cotton Babies chat and I rarely miss a big Twitter party! Have any questions?  Feel free to ask below! Has anyone won a diaper in a Twitter party?
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