How to Utilize Twitter for Newbies…
If you are a blogger, an author, or an aspiring writer, twitter can build a following like no other. It builds real time relationships and draws people to your site via the links. But, be warned, in order to build a good twitter network it has to be about 80 social 20 percent promotion. There is always a fine line between promo and spam.
Here are Ten Rules for Twitter Newbies
Rule #1 - Twitter is not like any other social media outlet. It is a public forum. Anyone can see it. You have one option, protect your tweets (from everyone) or go public. Being a public figure as a blogger or author, you probably don’t want to protect your tweets. Therefor, everything you tweet will be there for everyone to see. Remember this every single time you tweet.
Rule #2 - Learn the language or you’ll get really confused.
Twitter has a Glossary here but the basics are as follows:
# or hashtag - It is a keyword, always without spaces that can be searched through the twitter interface or twitter apps. Hashtags can be used to demonstrate strong emotion or emphasis. You can stick a hashtag anywhere, most like to include them in the end — but you can use them in a quick sentence. For example, a common Friday hashtag is #FF (Follow Friday twitter meme), so you would tweet: Happy #FF Everyone! Check out my Friday To Do List: http://myblogrocks.com
@ This is used, much like on Facebook to mention someone. When you @someone it goes in a separate stream, called the Mention stream and will go directly to the user. If you would like to get in touch with that person the easiest way is to @ them.
Direct Message – or DM is a private way to contact someone. You would type in: D username and it will DM someone. But, the person has to follow you in order to be DMd. If not you will get an error message. This is how twitter cuts down on spam.
Retweet or RT – You will see something like Plz RT — meaning Please Retweet. Users are asking you to spread the message for them. A retweet means you are tweeting another users tweet. A lot of users will retweet news agencies or authors to spread info to their followers.
Trending Topic – Twitter determines what everyone is talking about by using an algorithm. They will post what trends on the home page.
Rule #4 – Don’t spam. Don’t @ someone with links to your stuff. If it is relevant to the conversation, by all means. If not, they can report you for spam.
Rule #5 – Be original. If you are tweeting someone with massive amounts of followers/followees (is that a word?) the might not recognize you as Jenny124!Yo with a avi of vampire teeth. The best thing to do is stand out. Have an original username that matches your blog and an avatar that looks different from the rest. Don’t be caught with a twitter egg…you will look like spam.
Rule #6 – If you begin your tweet with @username it will be a reply and will only be viewable to people that follow you and that person. It will show up on your profile page, but your follower stream will not be able to see it. If you want the rest of the world to see the tweet — stick a character in front. A lot of people will use a period.
.@username is the best freaking person eva! Plz RT #asskissery
Rule #7 – Sometimes twiter.com is not the best place to use twitter. Apps like HootSuite and Tweetdeck make me happy – they might make you too.
Rule #8 – It’s easier to get twitter followers than blog followers. Utilize this. Say hi. They say hi back with a follow — usually.
Rule #9 – Speak now, or Lurk later. Literally you will start out with no one following you. The key to gaining new followers is to follow people. Follow your favorite bloggers, authors or family members. (Maybe start with me @parajunkee hint hint) Say hi, tell them you are new to twitter. Join a twitter social hop (another hint hint – one is hosted on this blog).
Rule #10 – Know that certain things used in a tweet can bring on the dreaded Spam bots…don’t use things like: Free, Coupon, Weight Loss, iPad, iPhone, porn — if you insist on using words like this type stuff like eyePad, p@rn etc.
Book Blogger News
In the news for book bloggers this week:
A new Award Site has started and is accepting nominations for great book bloggers sites. They are comparing themselves to the Grammy’s (woot woot) Parajunkee’s View has garnered a few nominations (so don’t waste nominations on this site). Check it out here.
Authors After Dark NOLA began yesterday and is already posting fun author pics & swag hauls via twitter…follow hashtag #AADNOLA to be jealous all over them.
Goodreads.com announced they were enforcing their Policies better, including user generated content, so you might want to catch up on their TOS before you post your next review. I always recommend less author bashing and more critical reviews…you won’t have any trouble then. But, the GR Bullies site and the subsequent fallout that sparked this policy enforcement is still at it. Their rants have only continued to become more garbled and hypocritical. They have even gone to accusing Jane Little (Dear Author) of making targeted attacks against authors, like she is some evil author hater that goes on crusades to eradicate authors she doesn’t like. *Yawn*. I do believe this site has had enough attention and should be put on the ignore list.
New Genre? Have you heard about “New Adult” genre? Seems authors want to target the age range of 18-25 so they are labeling it as New Adult. I would believe Fifty Shades of Grey would fall within this (correct me if I’m wrong) because she is a young mature person in that age range, experiencing things for the first time. Definitely not YA — but coming of age sort of? So still YAish? Just add a lot of sex? As you can see, I’m talking myself through this definition.
Questions for my Readers:
Are you active on twitter? How has it helped or hindered your blog?
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