Welcome to Twitter Tuesday with Dr. Twuth. 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.
So who is Dr. Twuth? Heard of Dr. Ruth, Sex Therapist? Well, today I am introducing you to my alter ego Dr. Twuth, Text Therapist (Dr. Twuth is accredited by one of the best mail-order PhD universities in the Bahamas. She isn’t a real doctor, just plays one on the Internet).
Have a question about Twitter? A problem? A sticky wicket? Let Dr. Twuth help, because the Twuth will set you free.
Dr. Twuth–Putting the “smart” back in smart phones.
On to our tweeps in need…
My biggest issue is that as a serious introvert who has worked extensively to overcome my reserved nature, my head still spins with the sheer numbers of tweeps I have! I can’t keep everyone straight, although I think there are many wonderful people out there. (I’m not sure I’d remember my family’s names if they didn’t introduce themselves daily.) Got any tips for helping me feel more personally connected?
Overloaded in My Study, Texas
Twitter is a team effort. Yes, it will be hard for you to keep other people straight, but other tweeps can make this process easier by ditching the cutesy monikers and using an actual picture. Twitter is about making real friendships. We wouldn’t go to a party wearing a Hello Kitty mask introducing ourselves as Procrastinating Writer, so why do it on Twitter? (Okay, @ClayMorganPA would totally wear a Hello Kitty mask to a party and likely a Star Fleet uniform to be extra weird, but he can get away with it.)
If others will be more authentic this will help. We will see names connected to faces over and over and over each time they tweet. Using our name and our face on Twitter helps others get to know us. Name recognition is a vital component of creating a brand, so any writer serious about publication should be using the name she desires to be printed on the front of her books…or go do a legal name change to Procrastinating Writer. We’ll call you Crass for short ;).
As far as what you can do? Download TweetDeck. This application will keep you
sane saner because it permits you to slot people into different columns easily. I have a column for Close Friends, Big Hitters (agents, publishers, NYTBSAs, etc), #MyWANA, #writegoal, and #pubtip.
I have other columns, but those are the ones I pay most attention to. Everyone else goes into the All Friends column unless they start tweeting stuff interesting enough to warrant a move. People who are active on Twitter (and interesting) are powerful allies to have when creating a platform. If you focus on getting to know them, the rest will fall into place.
Dear Dr. Twuth,
How do I keep from being attacked by two fat babies while I tweet? Also, if I have oven mitts on my hands, to protect from the biting, how can I insert a hashtag?
Muddling Through In the Midwest
It might be a good idea to get a puppy, and then you can crate-train all three. Oh, sure some people feel you might be “caging” your babies, but that is negative thinking. The pessimist sees a cage, but the optimist sees a playpen with a lid and locking door. Once said babies are properly crate trained, you should no longer need the oven mitts…and the puppy can watch your babies. Everyone wins.
If a puppy and crate are outside of your price, range, there is always duct tape. Again, the pessimist sees super adhesive tape, but the optimist sees a babysitter for less than $5.
Best of luck!
See how easy this is? Dr. Twuth is all about love and offering a human touch to this digital world. Dr. Twuth is #MyWANA certified, or certifiable, I can’t recall which. But, hey, it’s free so if you don’t like her advice, she will give you 100% refund (There will be a $15.99 processing fee for said refund).
So gripe away and leave your woes in the comments for the
expert rank amateur with candy. Let Dr. Twuth help you out. Remember, the Twuth will set you free.
Tweet ya later!