Tweeters Anonymous.

I'm not really addicted to Twitter. However, I do find it rather compelling to share irrelevant details of my life with my followers, most of whom I've never met face-to-face. I even admire those who Tweet far more than me, although, admittedly I don't read the bulk of their posts. The big numbers have been most impressive, not the content of their 140-word blurbs. I constantly seek out interesting people to follow. I un-follow people who prove themselves unworthy of the bandwidth. Whenever I do/hear/see/think something noteworthy, I instantly brainstorm phrases to make the pending Tweet catchy enough to grab the attention of people who could probably care less. Okay, so perhaps I am slightly addicted to Twitter.

I've been toying around with an essay on writers and how we can/should use this new Web 2.0 movement to promote our literature. In that, I've been making note of the microblogging phenomena that is Twitter and checking out the Tweets of fellow scribes. I must say, the Tweets of most writers I've come across are no less and no more insightful than others. While Twitter can certainly be used as a promotional tool, many people fail to take advantage of the reach their Tweets can have. I, too, am guilty of this. While I'm not promising to cease unnecessary posts, I am definitely becoming more mindful about how I use Twitter as it relates to sharing my personality and work.

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NaturallyAlise said...

as you may probably already know, I am a twitter fiend, i have managed to follow some of the most interesting, hilarious, creative people ever.... and I am quite the power tweeter myself... one great thing that came of it is i linked with someone that has been able to get me studio time gratis and linked with someone who linked me up with some speaking engagements... not too shabby ;-)

Yeavis28 said...

I've sent out tweets and thought to myself no one is going to respond to this, and it gets RT ReTweeted) or a ton of responses. Conversly, i've sent tweets that i thought were "ground breaking",,,lol...and people could care less ;-)...Now u must note that im addicted to twitter. Now that doesnt mean that i send a lot of updates or anything like that but, i often find myself reading and responding to tweets of people that i will never meet. Hell, i take PRIDE in the fact that my fav Artist of all time E. Badu is following my tweets on twitter. Admittidly, before some of my tweets are sent i think to myself what would Erykah think haha (jk)... you get my drift. So far i've tried convincing some of my not so web friendly friends to join up and FOLLOW ME (yeavis28) lol, but they cant seem to understand it or what it is YET, but that will soon change. In the end, twitter has more potiential than most social networks to bring people closer to one another. Think about it, before the blogasphere era people doubted the importance of blogs, now look at it....

Kristen Nicole said...

Yay for leveraging Twitter as the marketing channel it can become! I've gotta say, after writing the Twitter Survival Guide, a good portion of my book sales come directly through the interactions I have on Twitter. That's one way to eat my own dog food, eh? Lemme know ur plans on doing a piece on writers/artists that use web 2.0 technology to promote their work. :) As always, I'm happy to help.

Goldi gold said...

i laugh when people get upset when heads don't tweet them back. hahaha. But it's cool. Information on all levels and forms is a good things, sometimes. If you follow me. I keep things simple in a complex world

Me. said...

ha! that video was hilarious!

 
 
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