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Summer Author Bash by Celebrate Lit

Most of my friends have attended Facebook book events so you know the drill. You accept the invitation and Facebook kindly reminds you the day of the party and again about an hour before. Couldn’t be easier, right? In honor of the Celebrate Lit Summer Author Bash May 9-10, I’d like to give Facebook party newbies a little primer in how to have a good time and miss as little as possible. 🙂 Join me for the event by clicking here.Celebrate Lit Kari Trumbo

Well, a few of my friends have never attended one of these and are a bit intimidated by the environment. Let’s be honest, even when 10 or so people are all chatting, it can be hard to follow what everyone says.

Here is what you need to enjoy these get-togethers.

  1. Understand that it moves quickly and when people say refresh often, they mean it. Facebook will not be able to keep up with notifications. If you responded to a post and the author responds to everyone but yours, this has happened. Don’t get discouraged. It isn’t personal.
  2. Once you attend one of these, you may get lots of invitations to more. The easiest way to keep track of them is to say you are interested or going, unless you can’t go, then just say you are not attending. If you want to attend but don’t know, select that you are interested so Facebook will notify you. If you don’t, you may end up sad you missed it.
  3. Not all posts must be answered. You don’t have to respond to everything. It is sometimes less overwhelming if you focus on the posts the host makes and not as much those posts by other attendees. If prizes are involved, it is usually indicated right away. Look for those posts.
  4. Facebook now puts the discussion on a separate page from the party invite. You will have to click on the “discussion” heading in order to see what people are saying. This can be frustrating for people unused to the format.
  5. On a multi-day event, take a couple minutes to visit all the hosts to see when you’d like to attend. Chances are good you will not be able to be there every moment of the party, but you can visit as often as you are able.

Can you think of any other tips to help people enjoy Facebook parties more?