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zulily/Julep Tuesday #Twitter Party!


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Join @zulily and @JulepMaven for a Twitter Party in celebration of zulily’s Julep event, which will be filled with a rainbow of toxin-free nail colors, plus hand and nail treatments. Today, 10am to 11am pacific, bring your best 140-character questions, comments and insights to our Julep Maven Twitter Party! Whether you’re a seasoned Maven or new to the Julep family, you won’t want to miss your chance to win one of a variety of awesome prizes we’ll be giving away throughout the party!

If you’re new to Twitter or still learning the ropes, we’ve laid out a step-by-step guide to participating in a  Twitter party below.

So, what exactly is a Twitter Party?
A Twitter party is a public discussion—with “tweeters” from all over the world—based on a common topic of interest …with giveaways!

Why a Twitter Party?
Twitter has become the go-to forum for moms worldwide to discuss every topic imaginable. Twitter is a big place, though, and our “Julep Maven” Twitter Party will be a great way to connect on a smaller scale with women who share an interest in beautiful nail polish and accessories.

How can I follow the discussion?
At first glance, Twitter can seem like a chaotic place for a discussion. Fortunately, some simple tools have been created to help organize the many tweets generated every day.

While the zulily Twitter Party promises to be fast paced, the Twitter “#hashtag” feature allows followers to more easily keep up with and participate in the discussion.

Each followers participating in the Party will include a unique hashtag (#) in each tweet. For our party, we will be using #JulepMavenChat. This will help readers following the Twitter Party to separate ours from other discussions taking place on Twitter.

To more easily follow and participate in the discussion, we recommend using a Twitter monitoring app. We’ve added a few of our favorites below. They’re free to use and will allow you to view any tweet that includes the right # (hashtag).

New to Twitter? Follow these simple steps to sign up and join the discussion:

  1. Visit twitter.com to sign up for an account and pick a unique Twitter “handle” (Handle=what comes after the @ symbol)
  2. Follow @zulily and @JulepMaven
  3. Visit one of our recommended Twitter monitoring tools. We’ll use tweetchat.com as an example.
  • Once you’ve arrived at TweetChat click ‘Sign In’ and allow Twitter to authorize the TweetChat app.
  • In the field that reads “Enter hashtag to follow,” input JulepMavenChat
    (all one word)
  • Join the party! Tweet us a question or comment, or simply introduce yourself! We’ll make sure to say hello! Be sure to include the @ symbol to direct your tweet at the right user. Here’s an example:
“@zulily, @JulepMaven, excited to be here! I have a plenty to say on this topic! #JulepMavenChat


A few of our favorite websites for monitoring Twitter:

We’ll be reading and responding to your tweets in real time, so if you have a question, just tweet @zulily!

the newbie: Baby’s First Birthday

By Melissa Walker, who can also be found blogging at melissacwalker.com


Miss June will be turning a year old at the end of this month. I can hardly believe it! I remember those first few days at home after she was born—how scared and in love and tired and hurt and overwhelmed and overjoyed and on-the-edge I felt.

The daunting task of giving birth is well behind me, but now I have to face… the First Birthday Party. The expectations—from grandma and other mom friends and even co-workers—seem high. Too high, maybe, for a party that the guest of honor won’t remember. I mean, have you ever been to a first birthday party where the celebrated baby didn’t burst into tears at some point? The whole thing is overwhelming. Wrapping paper! Toys! Cake! Flashbulbs! Everyone is looking at you, kid.

We’re planning a backyard gathering, something simple. I’m thinking picnic blankets and cake and bubbles for everyone to play with. But… is that not enough?

I’d love to hear what others did for a first birthday. I want it to be low-key, enjoyable, and not too overwhelming for baby June. Any ideas?