Posts Tagged ‘Twitter Tuesdays’

Murdering Twitter

Posted: April 24, 2012 in Social Media

Oops, I suspect I may be one of the people mentioned below who are cutting their own throats by abuse and misuse of their Twitter accounts.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not cruel, it’s only that I don’t know what the hell I’m doing.  There are almost as many articles out there about how to use Twitter as there are tweets by all the twits who use the social medium.

Can anyone tame the Twitter monster, or should we just steer clear of its mouth?

Twitter, much like all of social media, requires time, patience and focus. Doing Twitter halfway is worse than not doing it at all. Name your favorite company. Now, imagine you go to that company’s Twitter page and its most recent tweet is from last summer. Obviously, that’s not a company that cares enough about feedback from its customers to be bothered with paying attention to Twitter. You don’t want to gain that reputation. The first thing you have to do is make a commitment to spending time every single day monitoring your Twitter page, your followers and some other things we’ll point out a little later. Twitter success is not found by doing the bare minimum.

via How to Best Use Twitter in the Market Place | Smedio.

Twit That Tweet

Posted: March 27, 2012 in Social Media
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Did you know you could do this?

Just paste a link of any length into the Tweet box on After you’ve composed your Tweet and you hit the “Tweet” button, we’ll shorten the link so that it only takes up 19 characters.

via Twitter Blog: Link sharing made simple.

I’m reinstating Twitter Tuesdays–here’s the first installment for your edutainment.

A few weeks ago Chris Brogan published a list of the 100 blog topics that he wished people would cover. One of them was, “How Twitter Improved My Blog,” and I accepted the challenge to write something along these lines. (For those of you who are unfamiliar with Twitter, you can read “The Tao of Twitter,” “Newbies Guide to Twitter,” or “Ode to Twitter.”) Here is my answer to Chris’s request.

Book Marketing Group News | LinkedIn.

Out With the Old

Posted: August 31, 2011 in e-Publishing, Small Presses

If you find yourself lamenting about how the new generation doesn’t read anymore, think about it this way:

People are reading more than ever.

Everywhere you go, people are reading, reading, reading. They may not be reading traditional paperback books or magazines. They’re more likely to be reading Facebook pages or Twitter streams or their emails or blogs or ebooks or what have you. They are reading, though. This suggests that publishers need to radically rethink their offerings (can the first Twitter novel be far away?). It’s vitally necessary to adapt to the new reading dispensation. The old model isn’t broken – just consider the success of, say, Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy – but it isn’t sufficient any more.

via Brown: “The old model isn’t broken, but it isn’t sufficient any more.” « 40kBooks.

Why not tweet about a great blog post you just read, or tweet a snippet about what you’re currently working on? Still too difficult? Then you can just retweet (RT) someone else’s tweet. Best of all, it takes up very little time to build a following—15 minutes every few days is plenty—and at just 140 characters per tweet, it’s quick.

via From the Write Angle: Twitter 101 For Writers.

Happy Twitter Tuesday!

There is certainly a lot more I can learn about how Twitter works.  But anyone can get started without learning much of anything.  Just tweet stuff!

Now don’t worry, that doesn’t mean I’m going to deluge everyone with what I had for breakfast this morning.  But if I read something, or hear something or have a question about something that I think others might like to know about, expect to hear from me.  Chances are every once in a while, I am actually going to comment about something that you think is interesting too.

So starting today I vow to spend 15 minutes a day on Twitter getting inspired by others and sharing my thoughts.  See you all there!

Twitter Tuesdays

Posted: June 11, 2011 in Marketing, Social Media

Hashtags are a way categorize a tweet, almost like giving it a “tag” or “label”. So if more than one person is tweeting about a certain subject, they can create a hashtag (or see what hashtag others are using for that topic) so all those tweets can be grouped together.

via What the Heck is a Hashtag? – Social Moms: the influential moms network.


#Amwriting is an award-winning Twitter hashtag created by Johanna Harness.  Recipient of the 2010 Christopher Al-Aswad Prize, #amwriting is known as a community that breaks down boundaries between writers.

via Amwriting FAQ – Johanna’s big thoughts

One of the promotional things I am doing is trying to become familiar with the ins and outs of Social Media–what is helpful, what’s a waste of my time, etc.  Twitter has been much harder for me to understand, so I have come up with the idea of Twitter Tuesdays (yes, I know it’s Saturday, but Tuesday was crrraazzzyyy!), where I spend some time researching how Twitter works, and how people are using it.

I figured out just by clicking on it a few times how a hastag works, but was not sure what good it was.  It seemed just random to me.  Then I saw a tweet about it that led me to the blogs above which make me realize it’s a more helpful tool than I thought it might be.  So for today, #amwriting 

Thanks @webprgirl and @johannaharness.

This is a little trick I learned from my friends here at the Indie Book Collective. #whoImetonTwitter

Find the three words that represent what you want people to know about your work. Then make those words sing for you in each tweet.

via Twitter Branding « Indie Book Collective.

Kimberly Kinrade started out as a Twitter novice like me but now seems to know her stuff.  If she can do it, I can, too.  Right?

I like her idea quoted above.  So what are the three words I would use to brand myself and my work?

  1. Suspense – My novel Painted Black is a suspense novel, as is the series it kicks off.  Even the short stories I have had published have a suspenseful  element.  All good fiction has some conflict that causes tension (aka suspense).
  2. Homelessness – The novel and many of my stories highlight the homeless condition.  My history of volunteering with organizations that serve the streets has given me an appreciation for the people who live there and those who work to better their condition.
  3. Chicago  – Moving to Chicago made a big difference in my life.  It opened my eyes to a wider world.  When I set a story or book in Chicago, I feel like that city is more than just the setting.  It is a living, breathing character as well.

These three words are not as bright and cheerful as those that Kimberly chose (magic, love and chocolate) but this is what I write about, what I enjoy reading.  I’m betting there are others out there who feel the same.