Monday, December 22, 2008

How to get the most out of #TCOT

If you're not familiar with #tcot, here's the skinny.  #tcot is a hash tag for 'Top Conservatives On Twitter.'  A hash tag is either one or two words or a group of letters that represent a group or common interest.  Other common hash tags include #bacon and #peta (People Eat Tasty Animals).  #tcot is a group of conservative Americans who think that the Republican party has lost track of its core values.

So how do you get the most out of #TCOT?
  1. Setup a Twitter account.  I would recommend you setup on just for #TCOT because of step 3.
  2. Go to the #TCOT hub website (http://www.topconservativesontwitter.org/) and look over the general announcements.
  3. Request to be added to the #TCOT (http://www.topconservativesontwitter.org/index.php/get-added)
  4. Invite everyone you see on there to become your friend.  Currently it about 1,500 people which is why I said you may need a special Twitter account just for this.
  5. Now follow the conversations going on by following them at either http://hashtags.org/tag/tcot or http://tweetchat.com/room/tcot
  6. Post conservative topic or questions on Twitter with the hash tag #TCOT at the begining or the end of the conversation.
  7. Start a blog.  You can use a service like http://twitterfeed.com/ to post the title and link to your Twitter account.  Make sure that include the hashtag #TCOT somewhere in the title.
Rules the road:
  • Be civil.
  • Be conservative and the values we portray.
  • Take flamewars to @private or d direct messages.
  • Don't post everything to #tcot.  We don't need to know what Aunt Mable did at the family's Christmas party.  That something should posted with #AuntMable
  • Hash tags are not case sensitive.  Rule of thumb, is lowercase is better.  UPPERCASE IS CONSIDERED SHOUTING.
  • If you use http://tweetchat.com/room/tcot, remember you're not seeing what someone is saying unless you're following them.
BTW: If you want to follow me on Twitter, you can find me at http://twitter.com/tekrat

3 comments:

John said...

very helpful article not only for explaining what #tcot is all about, but also for explaining what hashtags on twitter is all about.

DJ6ual said...

Love this Article! Just wish more of the links worked :( Thanks for all the info!

BillboTex said...

Good info, but only the TCOT "hub" link works - others are broken. Can you give me another valid TCOT application link?

Thanks

See my conservative blog: http://www.billbotex.blogspot.com