By this time most people are familiar with Facebook, even if they don’t use it, but somehow Twitter seems an enigma to many. Well, this writer is here to tell you to stop being afraid and get on there and tweet!
Communication goes both ways. Have something to say? Tweet it. Want to know what’s happening in the world, follow other tweeters. Those of us on Twitter knew Osama Bin laden had been killed hours before President Obama or the mainstream news confirmed it. We knew the details thanks to a single eye-witness on the ground who chose to tweet to the world what he saw. Yep.
On what other social media platform can I tweet to Salman Rushdie and have him answer me back? Okay, so Salman didn’t actually answer me back, but he did answer a friend of mine… so close enough, right? Celebrities love Twitter because it’s like having a one-on-one conversation with hundreds of people all at the same time.
No matter what your interest, whether it is matchbox cars, knitting, pro football, Toddlers and Tiaras, or pirates, somebody is tweeting about it RIGHT NOW. Do a search for literally any subject, and you will find somebody having a discussion about that very thing. It’s a great place to do some research for your writing.
If you are an up-and-coming author, Twitter is the single best tool for spreading word about my new books. I can’t just sound like a billboard, though. I have spent years developing real friendships and relationships with my followers. I respond to every single one who tweets me, and take time to often retweet their messages, too. Somebody once told me Facebook is for old customers, while tweeting is for new. Good advice!
As a writer, I am often interested in meeting other writers, publishers, and editors. Tweet chats are a great tool for doing just that. Not sure what a tweet chat is? Well, basically people agree to get on Twitter a the same time each week and tweet back and forth with each other. They use a “hash tag” to identify themselves. For examples, I jumped on #bookmarket chat this week and followed everyone who used that hash tag. (You can even for to Tweetchat.com to make it easier.) There the discussion ranged from self-publishing to dealing with negative reviews. Tweet chats are not only a good way to learn from others, but to also make great contacts in your industry. Some other great writer chats include #selfpub, #indieauthor, #yalitchat, #litchat, #writersday, and #fridayreads.
Tweet you later!