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To Tweet Or Not To Tweet…

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…that is, indeed, the question. I’ve been reading lots about social media lately, in an attempt to learn more about self-marketing (and to make new friends, of course), and it seems to be the general consensus of opinion that a writer simply must Tweet. Trouble is, even after following a tutorial and setting up an account on Twitter, I’m still scratching my head in confusion. So many little messages, everywhere I look! GAH. I can’t even read them all. I feel like a truck full of snail mail backed up to my house, lifted off the roof, and dumped tons of paper on my head. 

Question to those of you more familiar with Twitterverse than I (which would be just about every living soul on the planet, except for some guy in Outer Mongolia, maybe)…does it get easier? Less confusing? Maybe actually fun? Any tips on how to get from Here to There? Any experiences you’d care to share? Anyone? Help….

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6 thoughts on “To Tweet Or Not To Tweet…

  1. It helps if you create lists. You can add your writer friends into lists or categorize them by genres. Then you can retweet these people easier. Retweeting is a large part of using twitter. So is tweeting a link to an interesting article that may be of value to others. Skip the personal daily drivel and go for useful content. When you add a person, look for the little arrow. When you click on it, look for “Add or Remove from Lists” and that’s where you add them.

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    • Hi, Nancy! So nice to see you here, and THANK YOU for such good info. I saw something about lists in one of the tutorials, but hadn’t gotten that far, yet. I’m going to do that tonight or tomorrow, for sure. I’ve already got more authors than I can organize. Going to go follow YOU right now, too. I got swallowed up in lists of suggested Tweeters to follow and ran away to save myself!

      😀

      I MUST take control, before that little bluebird takes over my life! Happy New Year, Nancy, and thanks for all the things I’ve learned from you this year.

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  2. I get a lot out of twitter. More than I thought I would when I started. I definitely agree with Nancy — create lists to manage the content that you want to see, so that you can see it when you want to.

    Remember to turn it off too. I find it WAY too easy just to keep refreshing, which of course means I get NOTHING done during that time. I give myself time to read it, answer and then turn it back off. That’s worked pretty well for me.

    I’m @betzsteve, btw. 😀

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    • Hi, Steve! The list thing seems like a MUST, to me. I’m already drowning in Tweets, and can’t find anything. I can see where this could become a major time suck if not managed properly. And yes, it must go OFF, or I’ll never write another book. I don’t have days to fritter away anymore. (I’m not getting any younger, here! I have things I want to accomplish, yet.)

      Going to Follow you shortly, thanks! I’m still trying to learn when and how to make good use of hashtags, but I guess it will all make more sense soon.

      Thanks so much for stopping by and adding your tips. I love learning new stuff, but sometimes, it can be a bit much, all at once. I’ll get it, though. I’ve actually MET some of the people who Tweet regularly. If THEY can do it, so can I.
      😀

      That’s my story, an’ I’m stickin’ to it!

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