In keeping in theme with my online platform series today’s topic will be on Twitter. If done right any author can make this social media work for them. As mentioned in my post on online presence it was discussed how I started on Twitter. One little @ in a Writer’s Digest issue was all it took
One can either use their real name, pen name or something that describes themselves. For me it is @NewEngland_Muse. As long a I have been online my handle if it is not taken has been Muse.
The bio in Twitter does not give you much space to tell the world who you are. However it is a good lesson in learning how to be concise, to the point without unnecessary words. Something we will have to do when we write our synopsis for our books or our tag line.
My bio on Twitter is:
A writer who is tuning her 2nd/3rd book. A sports loving, photo taking gal who loves to sing/dance to her own enjoyment. She love to laugh even at herself.
Now that you have an account with a name that says you with a bio what next?
Tips I have learned along the way.
Hashtags are a good way to help yourself out. The symbol is # with the key word after it. This is used to mark words or topics when using Twitter. For example when I started to use Twitter where my book was concern I would use #JasperAmazonParrot or different variations of that. If I am looking for help from other writers I sometimes use #writers #authors #advice and again other variations are incorporated.
Try to not use to many hashtags per tweet, use the ones that are pertinent to what you are writing about. Two great programs Hoot Suite and Tweet Deck are programs where you can follow multiple hash tags at one time.
Users who place the # with the keyword in the search engine of this media will get hits from people who are using similar topics. It is a good way to meet people with similar interest. By doing so I have come across publishers, authors, bloggers and editors to name just a few.
When writing someone in Twitter using their DM , Twitter’s form of email, again you are restricted to a character count. It’s another good way for us as writers to write what we want to say in as few words as possible but getting our points across.
What is considered a nice following? According to people in this media anywhere from 2000-3000 is a good start. But that is really up to you. At the moment I have 3812 followers. But from that number I can say 90 percent are from people who are in the writing industry in one form or another. So to me that is a nice following.
How did I get to this number? Most users I have found will follow back, especially if they have similar interest to you. Using hash tags is one way or doing searches on the topics you are interested in is another. It took some time to get to where my number is at, and for me that works just fine.
From your followers you can place them in different groups. For example I have a group of people I know, writers from NC, publishers and editors and so on. How often I tweet varies. If I am helping a user out by helping promoting them then my count goes a little higher. I try not to flood my users with too much information that might turn them off. Remember you are trying to build a platform that looks positive on you. Twitter is a great social media that can be one of your best friends as a writer if you let it. It is never to soon to start getting yourself out there.
What I have covered is the very basic format of Twitter. If you have any questions just holler.
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I have a really hard time remembering to even check out twitter let alone find the time to keep up with it! How do you do it?
I have the app on my smart phone and set the notifications for email. I set reminders 3 times a week to check all my social medias to catch up on what is going on. That might seem like a lot but once you have been doing it a small while it takes about 10-15 min to catch up each time which to me is not to bad.
I need to get a twitter account someday. Thanks for the post. Didn’t know any twitter vocabulary. I would have been like “# writing, what’s that?”
Any time you are ready just let me know Lisa. I have more words and tips but wanted to keep it simple for the new people to Twitter.
That’s awesome, thanks Sharon. It clears up a lot. I knew about hash tags but I don’t think that I really understood how to use them. I am going to have to revamp my twitter.
If you need any help let me know k? I got some other Twitter lingo I will place them in the comments so people can see them.
There are a few other Twitter lingo that I left out for did not want to go over board but they are good to know. First RT stands for retweeting. If you see something that you are interesting in sharing with your members just hit the RT button and viola it goes out to your followers. By hitting the button not only do you share with your followers but it gives credit to the person who shared the info. #FF stands for follow Friday. Some people on Twitter send out a shout to people on Friday with the symbol #FF. But you are not restricted to just Friday, any day works as well. I tend to shout out to various followers throughout the week as a way for people to get to know other people with similar interest. A good way to network. They recommend you use a profile picture or a cover picture of your book. I have a picture of my main character Jasper as my profile picture. Don’t just tweet links after links or RT after RT. Having a personality and letting it shine through is much more helpful in meeting like minded people.