Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Twitteriffic

Twitter is twitteriffic! Over the past weekend, I have followed over 100 folks since I finally figured out how to operate in the Twitterverse. I have lists that you can follow, too:
  • PB writers (the biggest list, of course)
  • Teachers
  • Writing (resources and writers)
  • BOOKS: readers of, lovers of, reviewers of, publishers of, stores of, agents of, and libraries
  • Rhymers (PB writers that also like to rhyme)
  • LDS inspiration and interesting news
I found a couple blogposts on why twittering is good and how to increase traffic to your blog.

Also, here is a list of 40 twitter #hashtags for writers. A hashtag is a phrase preceded by a # to signal topics that are often held at a certain time for chatting purposes, but not always. To add a reply to the #hashtag conversations, click on the little bitty square with a blue pen for a New Tweet. It's located at the very top toward the right. Make sure you add the #hashtag so your comment will appear.

And Coach Marla, a life coach for writers, writes how to use twitter to beat procrastination and boost your writing.  I used it yesterday, but I spent all day today looking for people to follow. Lame? Maybe. But I had fun, and I feel like my circle of writerly friends has grown considerably. You can use Marla's #bookending, or #amwriting.

To post a link in a twitter post, use tinyurl.com. It's a simple way to shorten the URL. Yes, it's an extra click and paste, but you can squeeze more characters in that way. You only get 140, and they go quick! If you want to follow me on Twitter, it's @ChristieWild.

P.S. HOW TWITTER AND BLOGGING HAVE CHANGED MY LIFE - I took a typing class in High School during my Senior year. On an actual typewriter. We learned to put two spaces after a period. Old habits die hard. When I blog, sometimes the extra space at the end of sentences wrap around to the beginning of the next line on the screen. And it makes it look funny, like an extra indention. Sometimes I go back and delete it. Then twitter got me deleting spaces just to finish a word in the post. So now, just today, I am consciously trying to adapt to only using one space after a period. It's hard, but it's beginning to become second nature. And that's how twitter changed my life. Simple, but MAJOR!

4 comments:

  1. I downloaded the Twitter app for my phone. I set up an account, but wasn't really sure what I was supposed to be doing. One of these days I'll spend some time figuring it out. I'll follow you the next time I try it out. I think I'm @unwritten1018 ... I'm not sure though. And that was just a test user name anyway. If I decide to do it seriously, I'll probably make a new username.

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  2. Quinn, it does take some getting used to. You just have to make the effort to spend some time to figure it out. I don't use my phone for it, so no advice there. Unwritten is a pretty cool test name. Thanks for visiting today!

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  3. Valerie Larson-HowardSaturday, September 25, 2010

    Christie - I am so glad I looked at your blog today. I do not twitter, but I always, ALWAYS put two spaces after a period!!! Yes, I learned to do that in my high school typing class. The class where actual typrewriters were used. I do it automatically, but now, thanks to you, I know to do things differently. At least, I'll try. Old habits are hard to break.

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  4. Yes, yes. Crazy huh? I would never have done it unless there's a reason too, though.

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