Tweets Rock!

Backstory: I created a Twitter account in 2010 but didn’t use it until early 2011. Back then I wasn’t much of a social media fan, although I designated 2011 as my year to get familiar with the phenomenon. I have Facebook and LinkdIn pages but rarely visited or updated them. Therefore, I was the LAST person who should be overheard saying this:

Twitter is amazing.

Twitter icon - the birdI transformed into an active Twit (Tweeter? Wait, I think it’s Tweep) early in 2011, when memoirist Mary Yuhas tweeted one of my poems. At about the same time, my “paying job” boss suggested our company should Tweet. So I fired up my languishing account to learn the ropes. That’s when I discovered Twitter.

The experience reminds me of those 1940’s movie scenes where hordes of switchboard operators are all speaking over one another and connecting thousands of callers at once. It’s like hanging out inside a schizophrenic’s head, listening to the cacophony of voices and attempting – in vain – to make sense of what’s going on.

Toto, we’re not in Kansas anymore.

Twitter is a crack-up. It allows participants to act out many of the socially questionable behaviors Mom warned us to avoid when we were kids: eavesdropping on conversations, interrupting discussions, speaking with strangers. Basically, it’s too much fun. Really clever people stand out (I’m not one of them), and Twitter is a testament to those who have mastered the art of humor in 140 characters.

The truth is, I learned more about what’s happening on the web in the by hanging out on Twitter than I ever did before. I’m still in awe of the plethora of unbelievable people, events, thoughts and information presented every millisecond. The first week I actually tried to read every single post (haha!) but soon abandoned any attempt to keep up. Following links can lead down rabbit holes one never knew existed and bring on oblivion to the real world for hours at a time. Indie author L.M. Stull (Memoirs of a Monkey) summed it up perfectly when she said, “Twitter gives you the ability to connect with people whose paths you otherwise would have never crossed.”

If you haven’t already, join the conversation and find out for yourself! Here are a few links that will shorten your learning curve:

These suggestions are aimed at fellow authors:
1. Search these hashtags to find other writers: #amwriting #writing #reading #writetip #writer #wip
2. In addition, know that #WW (#writerwednesday) is used in Tweets to recommend authors midweek. Use sparingly.
3. Tony Eldridge’s post, Can Twitter Really Help You Sell Books? addresses the question, how can you follow 5,000 people on Twitter?

Misc Trivia:
Want to cull the list of folks who aren’t following you back? Go to Just Unfollow.

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10 Responses to Tweets Rock!

  1. L.M. Stull May 15, 2011 at 6:46 pm #

    This is a great post! Isn’t Twitter amaaazing?! I have to say I was a skeptic when I first started tweeting less than a year ago, but man oh man was I wrong. Twitter has enabled me to meet some wonderful friends and very talented writers!

    Thanks for mentioning me in your post!

    ~Lisa

    • Molly Greene May 15, 2011 at 8:19 pm #

      Lisa, thanks for taking the time to read and comment – and yes, Twitter is amazing! Looking forward to your Tweets!

  2. Jacqui Murray May 22, 2011 at 5:41 pm #

    You did a great job of summarizing Twitter for newbies. I love Twitter also. I have separate accounts for each of my writing identities and only follow back those who are focused. That way, my Twitter stream is always choc full of great info.

    • Molly Greene May 22, 2011 at 11:20 pm #

      Jacqui, I have a blog & twitter account in large part because I read your work on Scribd and followed your instructions. You’ve been my social media mentor since I found Scribd so I have you to blame for no personal time ha ha!

      • Jacqui Murray May 23, 2011 at 12:49 am #

        Hehe. I think in the Tweeting category, you’ve surpassed me!

        • Molly Greene May 23, 2011 at 1:46 am #

          That’ll be the day – when I surpass you in anything. Thanks for all your help, Jacqui!

  3. Lori Oster February 2, 2012 at 12:56 pm #

    I agree! Tweets rock!

    I’ve only been on Twitter for a couple of months, and I must admit I was very skeptical. I joined because my current research for work examines social media and student engagement, and I could not be happier that I did.

    I love the way Twitter helps create communities. I’ve met so many new authors through tweeting, which is a HUGE bonus for a reader like me.

    • Molly Greene February 2, 2012 at 1:42 pm #

      Lori, I so agree! Love twitter, love the authors I’ve met on twitter!

  4. Wendy Reid February 19, 2012 at 11:59 am #

    Great article Molly. I’m bookmarking this page so that I can come back and check out the links you’ve mentioned when I have some time. I’m fairly new to Twitter as well but people have been kind enough to help me out when I have a question. :)

  5. Peter Spenser April 5, 2012 at 3:25 pm #

    Wonderfully informative! Just what I needed. I got into Twitter only recently and have not started Facebook at all yet.

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