Are you making the most of Twitter? Many writers tend to ignore this social media network. They’re not sure how it works. They get overwhelmed. They want instant results. I sympathize. I created my @angee account in 2007, with lots of “HUH?” moments. It can be hard to get your head around Twitter if you’re new to it.
Let’s look at some Twitter tips just for writers which will help you to get value from the network.
1. Retweet Your Blog Links and Other Tweets: the Half-Life of a Tweet Is Just 18 Minutes.
To get value: tweet, and retweet. From Mike Allton:
Twitter moves faster than any other network. It used to be that the lifespan of a tween was measured in hours but I read recently that the half-life of a tweet is down to just 18 minutes. That means twenty minutes after you send a tweet, more than half of the people who are going to see it have already seen it.
Use free tools like Buffer and HootSuite to schedule your tweets, and retweets. This makes it easy to just pop into Twitter when you have a free moment, so you can check your notifications, and read your favorite tweeters.
I check Twitter when I’m taking breaks from writing. I wander out into the sunroom with a cup of coffee, and enjoy Twitter on my phone.
2. Know Your Goals. (Hint: Create a Mailing List.)
You can’t get what you want when you don’t know what you want. Set goals. I know setting goals can be scary, but as I said:
If a goal scares you, allow yourself to sit with your feelings for a moment. Are you afraid, or excited? Sometimes excitement is scary.
No one will be outraged if you miss a goal. 🙂 Let’s say you set a Twitter goal to get more subscribers to your mailing list, so you can promote your fiction as you write it. Your goal is 500 subscribers in six month, on _____ (the date.) So, the date you chose rolls around. You have just 287 subscribers. Are you annoyed? Disappointed?
Of course you’re not. You can miss a goal by the proverbial country mile, but your goal did what it was supposed to do… it got you moving in the direction you want to go. And who knows, you may well surpass your goal… It could happen. Please set goals.
3. Tweet Images to Get Retweets: Quote Images Are Easy and Fun.
According to Buffer, tweets with images get more retweets. So, tweet images. Tweet images of your cat. Of your book covers. Of anything you choose. 🙂
Quote images are easy and fun to create – I talked about quote images here.
4. Get What You Asked for: Ask for Retweets.
Did you know that when you ask for retweets – “please RT” – you get more of them? Couldn’t hurt to ask, right?
ASK. I’m always in favor of asking for what you want. We writers tend to be timid, rather than brash. Resolve to ask for retweets. 🙂
There you have it. Four ways to get more value from Twitter. If you’ve given up on Twitter, start tweeting. Twitter puts you in touch with millions of people, all around the globe, instantly. It’s an amazing service.
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