Twitter has become more and more popular. This is both good and bad. Here to guide us through the gauntlet is my mentor in her book,
Connections: Social Media and Networking Techniques for Writers.
The popularity of Twitter is:
- good, because it's easier than ever to connect with other people.
- bad, because it keeps getting increasingly harder to stand out.
- Let someone else benefit from something you're learning about, or share a quick statement you found helpful. Don't be afraid to share your process.
- Share someone else's success. Especially, a colleague and this also gives your tweets relevance.
- Pass along opportunities. For example, once a month my friend Vonda Skelton has a job blog, so I'll share it! For this month's listing, click:
- It doesn't really matter if you tweet or re-tweet, just join the conversation.
- Use open ended questions whenever you can.
- Bring up an intriguing point.
- Write about something we all struggle with, and demonstrate that you've got an answer for it.
Common mistakes to avoid:
- Don't give away the ending.
- Don't sum up your post.
- Don't give them a reason not to visit your blog or website.
- Essentially, don't write a tweet that's your blog's own spoiler.
Create lists of 140 character bursts for Twitter, such as:
- Thought provoking questions to engage followers in a conversation.
- A reference list of industry professionals you can suggest others to follow.
- Create a list of thought provoking quotes that lead back to you.
Come back next week and we'll discuss Twitter etiquette.
Laurie Epps is a senior at Anderson University majoring in Creative Writing. Already Laurie is most published as a feature article writer, essayist, and poet. A seeker of beauty and world traveler, Laurie hopes to grow into a career in travel writing illuminating the many stories that make us human despite our differences. Currently, Laurie also has a Thoughtful Thursday column dedicated to the fine art of poetry.