Welcome to the twenty-sixth installment of Twitter Tuesday. In the spirit of Twitter, this blog will be short and sweet and to the point. The tips offered here are all based off my best-selling book We Are Not Alone–The Writer’s Guide to Social Media. If our goal is to build an author platform in the thousands to tens of thousands, then we will have to approach Twitter differently than a faceless corporation or even the regular person who does not possess a goal of becoming a brand. This blog will help you rule the Twitterverse without devolving into a spam bot.
This Week’s Twitter Tip-Start a Twibe
Twitter can make life much easier, especially when it comes to communicating real-time with others, no matter how far away. Going to a conference? Want to start a critique group? Want to have an on-line party to celebrate a book launch? Twitter can help.
Currently, I am teaching an on-line workshop on a Yahoo loop. Those signed up for my class are privy to information I won’t be sharing on my blogs. Yet, in order for those in the class to get the most out of the lessons, they need to talk, form up as a team, and do so in a way that doesn’t leave them buried in e-mails and lost in seemingly endless conversation threads. The solution? A hashtag–#WANA711.
Every member of the class now can communicate, follow each other, subscribe to each other’s blogs….and do this in a way that is easy, efficient, and that doesn’t make us afraid of our e-mail. If others wander onto #WANA711, no problem. More friends. This doesn’t diminish my class, because the meat of the experience is posted in files on the loop. This also gives my class the ability to support each other. The #WANA711 corrals all of their blogs, so they can retweet for their pals and just change the #s. This is called working smarter, not harder ;).
The best way to thrive on social media is to be part of a team and to work together. We don’t need to wait until Nanowrimo to issue a challenge. Create your own with your best writing friends and use the # function to keep in touch, set goals and keep each other accountable.
Want to celebrate your new book? Give it a #. Want to communicate with friends at a conference? Create a special #. Hastags give us the ability to come together, no matter the reason.
Tweet ya later!