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Wednesday, July 30, 2008


Are You Twittering?

The question of the day: What are you doing? It's simple enough to answer--but you can only use 140 characters to do it.

That's the premise behind a growing social networking phenomenon at

The posts are called "tweets" and they allow you to let friends and colleagues know what you are doing at times throughout the day (or night). It's fast and easy microblogging that is much like an instant message that can be sent from your computer or your mobile phone.

But, what is the point of adding just one more thing to do to an already overflowing social networking calendar? That's a question you will have to answer for yourself. There is only so much time in the day to research, write, market, pursue publication, and...oh yeah, have a life.

What can you do to make Twitter a productive social networking choice for you?
  • Meet and network with fellow writers.
  • Follow posts about topics or people of interest.
  • Promote your own book, blog, or articles.
  • Post mini lessons or tips that help establish your brand.
  • Keep track of trends.
  • Reach out to your audience.
And my personal favorite: keep yourself accountable for what's on your to-do list. Nothing will keep you on task like announcing what you are working on to the entire list of your followers!

Take a
peek at who is saying what on Twitter. Go to (bought by Twitter). Type your topic into the search field and you can see who is talking about writing, blogging, book promotion, parenting, cooking, gardening, relationships, etc. It's a great way to have an immediate finger on the pulse of your topic.

Some Twitterers to follow:
Peter Shankman - HARO/Help A Reporter -
Seth Godin - Unleashing the Idea Virus -
Penny Sansevieri - Red Hot Internet Marketing -
Denise Wakeman - The Blog Squad -
BloggersBlog - News and Trends in Blogging -
Pete Cashmore - Mashable -

If you sign up, look me up:
I'll be the one talking about Jen's cat's banana addiction.

Tweet to you later...

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Blogger Sarah said...

Twitter is a fantastic resource, once you figure out who to follow that will be useful for you. That process took me months - but now, I absolutely rely on it!


7:36 AM  
Blogger Annie said...

It's a great resource for announcing items of interest associated with your writing, but sometimes I catch myself reloading the page to see if there's a new comment posted.


8:14 AM  
Blogger Annette said...


You're just as addicted as I am! LOL Angela just did a post about that today. (see above)

I just want to know where she got the pic of me reaching through the cage for a social networking sip...

8:38 AM  

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