Twitter is one of the best tools at your disposal for getting the most out of your San Diego Comic Con experience. Not only is it frequently the source of breaking news before the convention, but it is essential during the convention when you’re after that one piece of swag that you just have to have out in the Gaslamp or wondering how full Hall H is (spoiler: it’s full).
We’ve got a few tips and tricks to keep you from missing anything – both before the convention and during!
Easy walk into the center with a badge and now walking in the line for the exhibit hall! #SDCC pic.twitter.com/lZs1NGuxOk
— NERDOPHILES (@nerdophiles) July 9, 2015
Get a Twitter Handle
Before the convention, if you don’t already have a Twitter handle, get one and become familiar with the social media platform. It is one of the most convenient ways to aggregate San Diego Comic Con news daily by going through the #SDCC hashtag.
Once you have a Twitter handle, you can create your own List and curate exactly who you want to follow for SDCC news – from Comic Con International to your favorite actor or author or comic book writer, nearly everyone has a Twitter these days. That List will hold all of the information you deem important at a glance, making keeping up with the coverage easier than ever.
In the days leading up to San Diego Comic Con, you can bet they’re all going to be posting their schedules, signings, and evening plans during the convention. Don’t miss out!
Turn on Mobile Notifications
Things become a bit trickier during the convention, as you don’t want to spend precious time scrolling through an endlessly updating #SDCC hashtag or a busy List. This is where turning on mobile notifications for those essential Twitter handles comes into play – turn Tweets into text message notifications delivered directly to your phone!
Go to the Twitter page of the account you’d like to receive mobile notifications from and click the wheel next to the Follow button. The drop down menu allows you to turn on mobile notifications and begin receiving that account’s Tweets as text messages.
Personally, I like to turn mobile notifications on for Legendary tweets (they always announce when they’re giving things away at the booth on Twitter) and The Geeky Hooker, who does cute critter drops throughout the convention. If Nerd HQ is announced again this year, turning on their mobile notifications might net you some last minute Conversations for a Cause tickets, as they have gone on sale during the convention itself in years past.
I also turn on tweets for different giveaways in the Gaslamp, where certain show, movies, and companies tweet out locations for giveaways. Two years ago, we went running from the Assassin’s Creed obstacle course through the Gaslamp to get Jurassic World posters (success!) and last year, we made sure to turn on notifications for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. so that we could get our hands on some Secret Warriors pins.
awesome #SHIELDSecretWarriors pins floating around the Gaslamp at #SDCC! pic.twitter.com/6JhMvdF03S
— NERDOPHILES (@nerdophiles) July 10, 2015
Tag Your Tweets
Once you’ve got the hang of how to follow and who to follow, it’s time to start interacting with your favorite TV shows, movies, comics creators, and companies that will be at San Diego Comic Con. You can always try to reach out before the convention if you have questions (things like scheduling for example), but don’t forget to keep interacting throughout the con!
If you get a good picture, be sure to tag not only #SDCC but that person/company/TV show/movie/whoever. In the past, Nerdophiles has had some great interactions with companies, cast and crew, television shows, and movies by tweeting to them from the convention floor.
Personally, this Game of Thrones tweet even got me one of the exclusive black and white Mystery Minis (I got Tywin!) when they reached out to me after the convention and offered to send it my way.
@kyleewho SEVEN HELLS. The line spans across the Narrow Sea. #SDCC #GoTSDCC
— Game Of Thrones (@GameOfThrones) July 25, 2014
With a mastery of Twitter and an idea of whose Tweets and updates are most important to you, you won’t miss out on anything this year at San Diego Comic Con!