Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Master Twitter In Less Than 10 Minutes

It seems like I'm constantly learning something new. Change is a constant part of our publishing landscape. It's comfortable to keep doing things the way they have always been done. But if we are to grow and improve, change is in your path.

Twitter is one of the latest communication tools that have swept the Internet landscape. At first, I resisted it but for the last several months I've been involved in Twitter. If you haven't tried it, here's a resource to Mastering Twitter in 10 Minutes or Less.

I hope you will try it and experience the benefits. Like email, the television, the phone and many other distractions in your daily life, you will have to learn how to tame it. There are many free tools for you to handle that part of the process as well. A free download that I like a great deal is called Twhirl.

I encourage you to download this free Ebook about Twitter, read it, then try it. You will be surprised at the new connections you will make with it.

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At 8:31 AM, Blogger Kristi Holl Left a note...

Thanks for the reminder that I had downloaded this ebook and need to push Twittering higher on my To Do list. Actually, with someone guiding the way--like this book--it doesn't appear as overwhelming as it once did. I appreciate people who simplify for us!
Kristi Holl
Writer's First Aid blog

At 9:24 AM, Blogger Jane Lebak Left a note...

Well, that saves me the trouble of sending you an email asking whether you think I should sign up with Twitter... I'm not sure if the benefits would be worth the overhead.


At 11:36 AM, Blogger Sheila Deeth Left a note...

Thanks, I've just downloaded and read it. Still not sure about the time commitment. Doesn't it take a huge chunk out of your day to keep up with all your followers?

At 11:41 AM, Blogger Terry Whalin Left a note...


It's like your email or many other things, you have to handle Twitter with discipline. For example, use a tool like Twhirl which sits on your desktop and then you check it at the beginning or end of the afternoon--not constantly. If used properly, it does not take a huge chunk of time--but it can. You control who you "follow" and how you use it.

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At 12:04 PM, Blogger Sheila Deeth Left a note...

Okay, that makes sense. Twhirl does sound like a good idea.

At 6:10 PM, Blogger Carol Left a note...

I've been trying to avoid Twitter and Facebook, but it looks like I'm going to have to give them a try. As always, thanks for the great information.

At 7:05 PM, Blogger Cheryl Wyatt Left a note...

I'm hearing more and more agents and publishers encourage social nework sites. Two or three years ago at RWA, in the closed Harlequin meeting for authors, they encouraged us toward digital marketing. They even send every new author an Author's Digital Marketing Tool Kit which I found extremely helpful.

Then recently at a literary agency meeting, our agents encouraged us to Twitter. I'm so glad I did.

Of all of the social networking sites, I think I like Twitter the most. You can close the ads above it and only see the Twitter page.

It's less time consuming than other social media and super simple to use and master in my opinion.

I didn't know about the twhirl. Thanks for sharing this info as well as the download link.

If our phone company didn't charge thirty cents per text message, I'd have Twitter set up on my phone too. LOL!


At 5:31 AM, Blogger Krista Phillips Left a note...

So I broke down and on your advice got a twitter account.

And, let me preface, I'm a pretty technologically abled person.

But I can't figure out how to follow people! It keeps giving me an error...

So... I'm twittering by my lonesome! Sad! (and really pointless! Ha!)

At 6:00 AM, Blogger Terry Whalin Left a note...


I'm sure you can figure it out. You go to the person's Twitter profile online and click the "follow" button and a checkmark will appear.

You can get there, Krista, on Twitter. I'm confident.


At 7:12 AM, Blogger Krista Phillips Left a note...

You're awesome! Thank you!

I was trying to use the search function which according to their website is having technical difficulties.

I'm watching you.... *grin*


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