Posts tagged ‘social media’

February 27, 2013

How are you tweeting today?

by limebirdkate

When I first came on the social media scene, I had trouble understanding the purpose of Twitter. Initially, it seemed like a silly, one-sided form of communication where most people “tweeted” their own horns, so to speak. I felt like nothing meaningful was being accomplished. Twitter seemed like one long-winded ego-fest.

For those who aren’t familiar with it, Twitter is a real-time information network that connects users to the latest stories, ideas, opinions and news. Twitter users can follow accounts they find most compelling and follow the conversations, or threads. The stream of information can be helpful because it’s up-to-the-minute, constant, and from a wide range of sources.

Even though I signed up for an account and started following people, fulfilling my social media duty, it took a long time before I figured out how to best use Twitter.

I went to a writer’s workshop last year, and the speaker discussed why it was important for writers to use Twitter. He said that particular social network was like ham radio for writers. By tweeting twice or more a day, your information is constantly on the feed, receiving high exposure.

But for those of us not ready or willing to use Twitter solely as a marketing tool, how else can we use it to our advantage?

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